Defense ImprovingDecember 7th, 2009
That streak ended when Raheem the Dream showed Bates the door.
Oddly enough, another streak of sorts began. In the first game Raheem the Dream took over as the Bucs defensive coordinator, the Bucs held the Dixie Chicks to 20 points.
Yesterday, the Bucs held the Panthers to 16 points.
What sticks out for Joe is the Bucs held the Panthers to just two field goals in the second half. Even more eye-opening for Joe was that the Bucs held the Panthers to a lone field goal in the third quarter.
Under Bates, the Bucs got absolutely roasted in the third quarter.
Yeah, sure the Bucs faced two backup quarterbacks the past two weeks. Still, baby steps are progress. Notice Jonathan Stewart, who usually crushes the Bucs, was pretty much a non-factor in the second half?
The play of the defense under Raheem the Dream is giving Joe hope.