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Greg Schiano's obsession with time of possession hurt the Tampa Bay offense.
Tom Jones of the Tampa Bay Times opined earlier this season that Greg Schiano may be more focused on winning time of possession than winning the football game.
Sunday’s effort against the Saints may have been the proof.
To start the third quarter, the Buccaneers took more than eight minutes to drive down the field and score a field goal.
The Saints responded by driving 92 yards in around five minutes for a touchdown that would seal the Buccaneers’ fate.
Time of possession is a fine statistic, but as Bleeding Green Nation’s James Keane pointed out earlier this year, it’s not something coaches should strive for.
Keane points out that time of possession isn’t a “first order” statistic, and nothing a coach does in practice or during a game can directly impact time of possession. Coaches should instead focus on efficiency and protecting the football, as those will help a team win while also likely earn a good amount of possession.
However, for Schiano, it seems as if his obsession with time of possession hurts the offense. It also likely means even a new offensive coordinator in 2014 would spell the same lackluster output from the Buccaneers.