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Monken Opens Up About The Offense Todd Monken took some time to speak with the November 08, 2018 9:49 PM

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media about the Buccaneers’ high octane offense and how they were so successful against the Saints - and the problems the Eagles can create.The Bucs are entering the week two matchup with the number two offense in terms of yards and number one in points. That shouldn’t be a huge surprise outside of the fact that they did it with their backup quarterback. This team is overflowing with playmakers and talent on the offensive side of the ball and should have one of the best offenses in all of football.At the end of the day Cheap Justin Evans Jersey , it’s all about execution.The Bucs’ offensive minds spend a lot of time game planning and preparing for their opponent, but it goes beyond that. They have to call the right plays and the players have to execute those;“First of all, I thought lead by Coach Koetter, I thought our offensive staff put together a really good plan. That’s the first part – putting together a plan. We’ve got really good players and I thought they executed the plan about as well as you could. I thought our receivers did a great job with our route running. We had really good protection. Fitz was very accurate – really good with his decision making. Got us into some really good plays. I don’t think we expected that much man coverage, but we did get it. It’s not all the time you – sometimes you get it and you don’t take advantage of it and I thought our guys took advantage of that and that’s a credit to the players. I really feel like it’s a byproduct of how we practiced. You can see that – you guys can’t always see that, but we see that. We saw it in the preseason. We saw a lot of things being done better.”One of the key things that gets overlooked - and Monken mentions it in the quote above - was the protection. The Saints got zero sacks and ended the game ranked in the bottom three in the NFL in quarterback pressures. Ultimately, Fitz had an eternity to make throws and he capitalized on them.The unsung heroes of the passing game were Peyton Barber and Jacquizz Rodgers. Their ability to pick up blitzes and keep Fitz’s pocket clean was vital;“I thought our backs did a nice job. I thought our guys up front did a really nice job of protecting. At times, we got the ball out quickly – we went quickly at times. I thought our plan was really good again headed up by coach in terms of how want to take away some of their game-wreckers – especially 94 (Cameron Jordan), so that was good, which we did at times. Like I said, there were other times when we got a little leakage – Fitz got the ball out.”This is the perfect example of what Monken is talking about;Monken needs to be as on point Sunday as he was against the Saints in his play calling and hopefully Koetter is ready. Yes, Koetter’s game planning coming off an opening week win hasn’t exactly been stellar. Koetter is now 3-0 in week one as an NFL head coach, but he’s 0-2 in week two suffering blowout losses to the Cardinals in 2016 (40-7) and Vikings in 2017 (34-17) DeSean Jackson is eager to rebound from one of the least productive seasons of his career and help the Tampa Bay Buccaneers end a long playoff drought.The Bucs struggled a year ago to incorporate the speedy receiver into an offense expected to be more potent after the three-time Pro Bowl selection was signed to a $33.5 million contract in free agency.Jackson, 31, established himself as one of the league's top deep threats over nine seasons with the Philadelphia Eagles and Washington Redskins.He averaged a career-worst 13.4 yards per reception and scored just three touchdowns in his first year with Tampa Bay, which lost 10 of 13 following a 2-1 start to miss the playoffs for the 10th straight season.The Cleveland Browns, who haven't earned a playoff berth since 2002 Buccaneers Caleb Benenoch Jersey , are the only team with a longer playoff drought."Any time I get an opportunity to make good plays and spark this offense with explosive plays ... or scoring touchdowns — whatever it is, I'm here to do (it)," Jackson said."Obviously last year was a disappointing year for myself and the team," the receiver added. "I just want to be able to ... give them high energy, good plays, and explosive plays."Jackson, who spent extra time in the offseason with Jameis Winston in hopes of improving chemistry between him and the quarterback on deep throws, enters his 11th season with 548 receptions for 9,487 yards and 49 TDs.He's also scored three touchdowns rushing and four more on punt returns."D-Jack is about 40 years old, but he's still the fastest dude on our team," defensive tackle Gerald McCoy joked. "It's hard for guys to run with him."Nevertheless, the Bucs couldn't get the ball to him consistently in 2017.While Winston's favorite target, Mike Evans, continued to prosper with his fourth consecutive season with 1,000 yards receiving, Jackson finished with 50 catches for 668 yards — both lows for him in a year when he's played at least 12 games.And, for the first time since his rookie year with the Eagles in 2008 Buccaneers Ryan Jensen Jersey , Jackson didn't have a reception of at least 60 yards.While he's not making any bold predictions, the receiver is confident the offense will be better this fall."We have a lot of weapons and a lot of options for the quarterback to drop back and throw the ball to. I'm excited about that," said Jackson, who has three receptions for 91 yards through two preseason games.The veteran receiver thinks Tampa Bay has one of the best groups of targets in the league with himself, Evans, Chris Godwin, Adam Humphries and tight ends Cameron Brate and O.J. Howard.He also likes offseason moves that included bolstering the offensive and defensive lines, as well as drafting running back Ronald Jones."We have a lot more competitive players now. A lot of new additions coming from winning mentalities. They're able to push the drive and push other guys on this team to the highest of their potential," Jackson said."Obviously last year was a frustrating year for everyone that's a part of the Buccaneers. But there's one common goal: to go out there, put the work in, and hopefully the results show on Sundays."Coach Dirk Koetter said Jackson is having an outstanding training camp."I think DeSean has really asserted himself not only as a veteran, but as a leader," the coach said."DeSean has instant street cred because of his career. ... It's a big difference if you see a guy that you respect out there doing what he's supposed to do versus a guy that's out there moping around," Koetter added. "Hats off to him, he's doing a good job."


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