Stop The “Feast-Or-Famine Crap”November 30th, 2011
There’s analysis of the Bucs defense, and then there’s the intelligent, passionate breakdowns offered by former Bucs defensive end Steve White (1996-2001).
Loyal readers of JoeBucsFan.com know that White regularly graced these pages with his written word in 2009 and 2010, treating Bucs fans with Xs and Os for the common man. Now, White brings his game to the local radio airwaves on a variety of shows, but it’s on Two-Hand Touch with Derek “Old School” Fournier, Tuesdays on WQYK-AM 1010, where he goes deep into the Bucs’ defense.
Here’s part of White’s take on what he says was an historically brutal performance by the defensive line in Tennessee:
“You got a situation where, literally, I can’t recall a situation where a defensive line was so uninterested in staying in their gap ever, not in a 4-3 defense,” White said. “Almost nobody cared that they were getting reached or zoned out of their gap, from top to bottom. The only guy I really could see that was fighting to stay in a gap was Roy Miller. And he actually made some pretty decent plays. Nobody probably noticed. But he was actually trying stay in his gap even though he was getting high-lowed and cutback side and stuff like that.
“… Even when we made plays, you know Haynesworth makes a tackle for a loss, when he’s reached. Tim Crowder makes a couple tackles for a loss, when he’s reached. You can’t do that in this style of defense because it’s a hit-or-miss, feast-or-famine type sitatuation. And what’s going to happen is, yeah, you might get them for a two-yard loss once, and then they’re going to hit you for a 10-yard gain three times — 10 yards or more. So you’re losing when you keep doing that feast-or-famine crap. Get in your gap and let’s play football. I’ve never seen anything like it.
“We knew it about Albert Haynesworth, obviously. But he’s taking it to a whole nother level now. Like I don’t know that he was in the B-gap at all on Sunday. I really don’t. And that’s where you’re supposed to be as the 3-technique most plays.
“Da’Quan Bowers, not in his gap. Even Adrian Clayborn, who I kind of got on early in the season about spinning out of the C-gap trying to make too many plays. He’s doing this kind of stuff and then now it’s like I don’t know what he’s doing when he’s got a tight end. He’s so big and strong and we know he’s a powerful guy with his bull rushes and stuff, but he’s getting knocked five yards off the ball by the tight end. Just bad technique, you know, getting knocked inside all the way to the B-gap from the C-gap. You can’t win football games that way. We were lucky. Basically, we had some really, really big plays bail us out to give us the opportunity to maybe win the game on the end of the game. But we should have been blown out by all rights.”
Only the Titans inexplicably getting away from the running game at times kept the Bucs in the game,” White said.
White also told a story of how he got called up from the Bucs’ practice squad in 1996 shortly after a backup Bucs defensive end was caught out of his gap several times in a blowout loss to Detroit. White said “Monte Kiffin lost his mind” after seeing the film and the DE was cut.
White said one might expect to see that kind of reponse from the Bucs this week.
“Somebody’s gotta go, man. You can’t have possibly that many defensive linemen, different guys, out of their gap and just seem like they’re cool with it and something not happen,” White said. “I can’t imagine. I can’t imagine sitting in that film room to be quite honest with you. And it’s Tuesday [night] and nobody got cut.”
Joe’s simply can’t figure out why the Bucs seem to be getting more undisciplined as the season progresses. An established coaching staff and system should have a young team going in the other direction.