The Defensive RevivalNovember 29th, 2009
As mad as any Bucs fan may be at their head coach right now, Joe has to give Raheem The Dream credit for reviving the Bucs defense from the depths of the NFL against Atlanta’s strong offensive line.
Somewhere, Jim Bates is embarrassed that he couldn’t see what was right in front of him and couldn’t coach his way out of a paper bag.
Forget for a moment (if you can) that Raheem The Dream hired Jim Bates and his two-gap, defense to begin with — a collossal mistake — the Bucs new defensive coordinator knew what the hell he was doing entering this Atlanta game and for much of it.
Joe will let former Bucs defensive end and JoeBucsFan.com analyst Steve White break down the defensive line play in his can’t-miss Bull Rush column tomorrow.
As for the linebackers, it was obvious Barrett Ruud, Quincy Black and Geno Hayes are built for Raheem The Dream’s new Monte Kiffin hybrid system. Ruud made the splash plays he’s been missing all season, and Quincy Black (no Joe doesn’t forgive his offside on a Falcons’ punt) and Geno Hayes’ speed was used effectively throughout the game.
The secondary, minus Sabby Piscitelli’s putrid angles, missed tackles and lost opportunities, was sound.
Joe couldn’t help but think for a moment in the third quarter that Raheem The Dream and Chucky would probably have been a good match.
Perhaps they can reunite next season.