Completely abandoning the running game is a major no-no in the NFL. Why make the defense's job easier by allowing them to sit in coverage and rush the passer all game with zero consequence or fear of a rushing attack?
Buccaneer offensive coordinator Greg Olson has done it twice now this season, and the results were exactly the same: defeat.
And before anyone comes in here and says, "But, Basil, the Bucs were down to their third-string running back. What did you expect?"
1. The Dallas Cowboys were forced to use their third-string running back, and they continued to run the football. DeMarco Murray ran the ball 25 times for 253 yards and a touchdown.
2. Whose fault is it there wasn't another running back on staff? With LeGarrette Blount being injured and Allen Bradford waived, having another viable option might have been smart, eh, Dom?
Olson has become fairly predictable and it feels like he's apprehensive about his play-calling. If the Bucs offense continues to decline, Olson may have to be sent packing.