Cody Grimm Talks DefenseSeptember 11th, 2011
Bucs safety Cody Grimm shared candid takes with Joe for a few minutes after the Bucs-Lions game. Grimm talked about what went wrong, slow starts, his health, and more.
JoeBucsFan.com: Can you offer perspective on what wasn’t working today on defense or what the Lions were doing well?
Cody Grimm: They were just doing a good job, you know, taking what we gave them. Stafford was doing a good job making the short reads and checking the ball down and they were just slowly kind of just chipping away at us on defense. And then when we had the opportunity to make some plays we didn’t make them. We had a couple of missed tackles. We just didn’t execute to tell you the truth.
Joe: Raheem Morris has said starting fast was a key for the Bucs. Was that a major focus coming in today?
Grimm: Definitely. We didn’t start fast in most preseason games either. I’m sure that will be a major point this week. We’ve got to come out of the gates faster.
Joe: Coming off the injury last year, did you feel 100 percent coming in today? Also, you didn’t have your trademark crushing hits and weren’t in the box as much today. Was that just how the game went for you?
Grimm: I felt good out there. I didn’t have very many opportunities to tell you the truth. We were not in the box very much. We were mostly helping out with Calvin [Johnson] and stuff like that. So I felt good, but we didn’t execute when we had to and came out slow.
Joe: How much did helping on Johnson take away from the run defense?
Grimm: It takes away from the run defense a little bit, but I don’t think they ran the ball that very well on us. I don’t know what the yardage was. (Detroit finished with 126 yards on 35 carries, a 3.6 yards per carry average)