Bucs Missed A Dozen Tackles

August 11th, 2012

Cody Grimm had at least two misses last night

Bucs tackling was hardly perfect last night. Is it ever in a preseason game?

Per the analysis of the New Schiano Order, the Bucs had seven tackles for a loss in Miami — that’s darn good — and 12 missed tackles. The dozen is a too-high number and a decent chunk were on the first-team defense.

Three of them can be seen right here on one play, when Gerald McCoy, Cody Grimm and Ronde Barber couldn’t wrap up Reggie Bush.

Today, Greg Schiano talked about how now the Bucs can get back to their fundamental tackling drills, a staple of Schiano practices, and “connect the dots” to better apply their technique. In all, Schiano was not alarmed.

“We missed 12 tackles. So, you now, I’ve had games where we missed 18 to 20 tackles and you also had games where you missed four tackles. So 12’s kinda, eh, not good, not the worst,” Schiano said.

All that matters is whether the Bucs get the sloppy tackling corrected. If the tackling’s not sharp on opening day, then look for the Bucs to get gutted and gashed from the Panthers strong running and scrambling game. The game is still blocking and tackling at its core.

14 Responses to “Bucs Missed A Dozen Tackles”

  1. Bobby Says:

    Well, right now it doesn’t look like the Panthers are going to gash anybody but both the Bucs and Panthers will improve over the next month. It should be a good test for us. I’m sure we’ll put points up but will it be more than they put up? We’ll see.

  2. Mike J Says:

    Well, if you watch closely, McCoy is blameless; it is a zone blitz & Clayborn is dropping, so Gerald had edge responsibility. He actually played it well, aggressive & physical.Now the other two, poor.

  3. MTM Says:

    The defense against the Dolphins was a mixed bag. Some bad tackling but they held the Dolphins out of the end zone for most of the game. The offense looks like it has major potential. The Panthers are going to try and run the ball down the Bucs throat until they stop it. Bucs 31 Panthers 10.

  4. Mike J Says:

    Another comment I made which seems to have disappeared.

  5. Mike J Says:

    OK, now it is back, sorry.

  6. Fear The Glow Says:

    Im just encouraged that they came out and looked more prepared for a preseason game that they didn’t gameplan for than they did for games in the middle of the regular season last year.

    Schiano will get them fixed or Schiano will get them gone. I love it!

  7. Have A Nice Day Says:

    That is really weird. If someone gave me ten chances to guess “who made the statement” and gave me ten names to guess from, I still never would have picked Schiano. That whole paragraph seems like a different person from all the other quotes since he was hired.

  8. RichBucsfan Says:

    When I watched the game the missed tackles reminded me of last year. Some bad habits are hard to get rid of I guess. Not a good thing when you consider what we heard prior to the game was how badly they wanted to hit someone in another uniform.

  9. St Augustine Says:

    Did he miss the tackle(s) or did he instinctually put himself in position to make them bc of a missed assignment by another player? There is a big difference between the two! Please allow me to give a similar example:
    I played corner and saw the safety peel off his man who was running towards the end zone, I immediately ran towards that guy one second before the qb threw to him…I was almost in position to deflect the ball but was IN position to disrupt the play bc my arm / hand waved in front of the ball thus hindering the view of the wide receiver for that split second for him to miss the ball. When that play was over the coach yelled at the safety and lauded me when I had no business being there.
    Another example is when a qb throws an interception. Did he REALLY throw a bad pass or did the WR run a bad route on a timing play? This is a BIG difference!
    In regards to Cody Grimm’s supposed missed tackles ~ the only way we can have a true answer is from a coach who evaluated game film on those events.
    Could he of missed those tackes? Sure! I just don’t want to jump the gun and assume he did without proper evaluation.

  10. gracelivin Says:

    I have coached at various levels of football, mostly as a Dcord. In the Bush run I would not have given McCoy a missed tackle, but definitly Grimm & Barber. The D ran a cross where McCoy had outside contain, he never had a clean shot to make a tackle, though he did get a hand on Bush, but it is rare for anyone to make a tackle when it is only a fly by. I count missed tackles when you get two hand or facemask on a man, that is when you actually have an opportunity to tackle, also if you are face up with the ballcarrier and get juked is counted against you. Buc’s looked ok but need to cleanup alot of little things.


    On the Bush run, McCoy made Jake Long look like he were on ice skates. Pow right in the kissa!

  12. st augustine Says:

    gracelivin, those are very good points and for the most part i agree with everything you say, however, if ur flying (“fly by”) full sprint at a guy due to a missed assignment from another player, you can still get two hands and a facemask on him. great points and go bucs =)

  13. Mike J Says:

    ”In regards to Cody Grimm’s supposed missed tackles ~ the only way we can have a true answer is from a coach who evaluated game film on those events.”
    Very good point, but we also need to know what the responsibilities of each player was, and only a coach could supply that (we wish!).

  14. John McKay Says:

    We didn’t block, but we made up for it by not tacking.