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Bobby Rainey and the rushing attack couldn't get going against the Rams.
As Rick Brown of the Lakeland Ledger pointed out earlier this season, Greg Schiano’s offensive philosophy is to "run, run and run the ball more."
In fact, the Buccaneers have seen all of their success this season since a renewed focus was placed on the running game at the start of November after Mike Glennon threw 51 times in a home loss to Carolina.
But it’s become quite evident that the Buccaneers simply cannot run the football against good rushing defenses. Apart from an outlier of a game against Seattle, the Buccaneers have not eclipsed 80 yards as a team against top-15 rushing defenses (coming into Week 16) this season (Jets, Cardinals, Panthers, Lions, 49ers, Rams).
If the Buccaneers want to succeed in the future, they’ll have to learn how to balance their offense against tough defenses.
Mike Glennon cannot beat a defense on his own, and the Buccaneers have too much talent at running back between Doug Martin, Mike James and Bobby Rainey not to succeed on the ground in the future.
In 2014, the Buccaneers must find a way to run against good defenses.