Jason Garrett Concerned With Bucs DefenseSeptember 22nd, 2012
The way the Bucs secondary was sliced to shreds last week by Eli Manning, one would think opposing coaches would be salivating at the chance to throw at the Bucs, given the fact they are allowing an average of more than 400 passing yards a game.
Either Cowboys coach Jason Garrett was yanking peoples’ chains earlier in the week, or he believes the passing yards allowed by the Bucs is a statistical anomaly.
“Yeah, the Giants game got a little wild, but [the Bucs defense] did a lot of good things in that game.” Garrett said to the Tampa Bay pen and mic club. “I think they are a very good defense, active up front, quick, good players, fast, explosive. Their linebacker can run and the cornerbacks can cover. Tonde [Barber] has made a nice transition [to safety] and Mark Barron, we knew a lot about coming out of Alabama.
“They are really good on all three levels.”
But Garratt has Tony Romo at quarterback, who has lit up the Bucs worse than what Manning did last week. Romo, dating back to the Chucky years, has tossed 11 touchdowns against the Bucs.
Garrett seemed to wave that number off as well.
“I don’t like to make a huge generalization,” Garrett said of any pattern Romo may have against the Bucs. “There are so many different players and coaches on both teams. There’s a new regime down in Tampa. We are worried about that right now. The past will have little bearing on what happens this week.”
Well, if the Bucs don’t shore up that porous pass defense — and over 800 yards given up in two games is no less than porous — the Bucs better be prepared for a shootout.
Joe isn’t sure if Josh Freeman can win a passing shootout with Romo.