The Tampa Bay Buccaneers were expected to be Super Bowl contenders this year, but instead they've gotten off to a 3-3 start under new head coach Todd Bowles. Bowles has expressed his frustration with the team's underperformance lately, especially after an embarrassing road loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 6.
After calling out some of his veterans for living in the past, Bowles put the rest of the team on blast for a different reason.
According to Bowles, the Buccaneers need to play harder, telling the Buccaneers Radio Network that "we've got to be tougher up front on both sides of the ball."
The numbers back up Bowles' criticism, as Tampa Bay ranks dead last in rushing yards with just 67.5 per game. That's a significant drop-off from last year, when the team averaged 98.4 rushing yards per game.
On the other side of the ball, the team's run defense has also declined, slipping from third to 14th in rushing yards allowed per game.
It's clear that the Buccaneers need to start playing better in the trenches if they're going to turn their season around. There's still plenty of time to do so, but the current performance level leaves a lot to be desired.
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