Blitzing Didn’t WorkOctober 2nd, 2012
Many Bucs fans are still numb at how the Bucs came back from the dead Sunday, even took a lead late in the game only to see Robert Griffin III march the Redskins down the field as if the Bucs employed 11 lawn chairs for a defense.
It was way too easy, especially for a rookie in his fourth game who claimed his headset wasn’t working therefore he had to call his own plays (they weren’t runs on third-and-long down either).
Stephen Holder of the Tampa Bay Times decided to go back to the tape and break down what went wrong.
Essenstially, Holder concluded Greg Schiano decided to bring the house on blitzes, which never got any heat on RGIII.
Now, there’s no guarantee either of these plays would have produced different results with less aggressive defensive approaches. And what we can’t comment on is whether there was perfect execution. But it’s hard to imagine either play could have been as effortless for the Redskins, either.
We’ve known since Greg Schiano took over that the Bucs were going to be aggressive on defense. But we’ve also seen instances where doing so worked in the other team’s favor (the Giants loss, for example).
There’s a strong case to be made that Sunday’s game provided another one of those instances.
Look, Joe is like every other sane football fan who is unnerved at the thought of a prevent defense, and Schiano wasn’t playing prevent, which Joe applauds.
Perhaps, as Holder suggests, if Schiano plays it straight, meaning no blitzes, it may have been smarter.
Already we have terrible evidence that late in a game when the opponent needs to throw the ball (Giants, Redskins), whatever Schiano is dialing up has proved disastrous.