Barber Says “D” Had Two Bad Quarters All SeasonOctober 4th, 2012
The 2012 Bucs defense has played 16 quarters. And in only two of those the Bucs defense was poor, so said Bucs icon Ronde Barber speaking on WDAE-AM 620 this week.
One might find that to be great news except the Bucs are 1-3 and have two top-10 ranked offenses in the NFL coming at them in their next two games: Kansas City and New Orleans.
“In retrospect, we’ve really had two bad quarters of football on defense,” Barber said. “You know, we’ve given up some yards, but we’ve played great red zone defense throughout this entire year. I think that’ll be a strength for us; it’s gotta be a strength for us throughout the rest of season.
“But we’ve played two bad quarters, and one was the fourth quarter against the Giants and the other was the second quarter against Washingon. And there’s really no excusing it. I could give plenty of excuses and explanations, but those don’t suit me or you and just kind of adds fuel to the fire. We have to play better. We have to tackle better. I think the sense of urgency coming out of halftime has always been good for us and it was especially good on Sunday. And that was the biggest difference. Guys doing their job.”
Obviously, there have been significant improvements on all three levels of the Bucs’ defense, but tackling breakdowns and unsuccessful blitzes have killed them.
Joe’s hopeful, but things won’t get any easier with Adrian Clayborn gone, depth concerns and more and more film on Greg Schiano’s new-to-the-NFL defense.