Defensive Tackles Need To ImproveMarch 11th, 2012
On a slow, sunny spring Sunday, the last thing Joe wants to do is get bogged down in statistical graffiti when it comes to football.
But one doesn’t need to be a stat geek to understand that the Bucs’ interior defensive line was one reason opposing running backs abused Bucs defenders like tackling dummies last season during the grotesque 10-game losing streak.
The spreadsheeters at ProFootballFocus.com have a breakdown on interior defensive linemen, and two Bucs who started last year, Brian Price and Roy Miller, were amid the bottom rung of defensive tackles.
Now part of the reason the Bucs’ rush defense collapsed is of course the poor (Joe’s being polite; it’s a Sunday after all) play of the linebackers. Matador tackling by cornerbacks didn’t help much either.
It’s no coincidence to Joe that when Gerald McCoy went down with an(other) arm injury after four starts, the rush defense progressively got worse.
For the Bucs’ run defense to remain stout, or improve, GMC will need to stay on the field.