Pass Defense Must Improve Against VikingsOctober 24th, 2012
For the Bucs to win against the Vikings tomorrow night, the Bucs defense has to turn the Vikings into a one-dimensional team.
In short, that would be to have Samantha Steele-bedding Christian Ponder beat you.
Ponder, a former Florida State star, is a promising quarterback for the Vikings. But he is not as likely to beat a team as running back Adrian Peterson is.
But for the Bucs to dare Ponder to beat them, there must be a clean-up done in the Bucs pass defense, demands Alan Dell of the Bradenton Herald. He points out that last week, in particular, cornerback Eric Wright, had a long afternoon.
As for Dominik, he has a bigger problem justifying why he poured all that money into acquiring cornerback Eric Wright, who has never had good coverage skills.
He was abused Sunday by Brees, who targeted Wright nine times and completed seven passes for 147 yards, including a 47-yard TD to Joe Morgan on a play in which Wright missed a tackle.
Wright looked like a lost shepherd trying to find his flock, falling victim to Brees’ pump fakes on numerous occasions.
While Dell has a valid point about Wright, Joe has to stick up a little but here for Bucs rock star general manager Mark Dominik.
Dell, a good guy and a helluva columnist, is outraged Dominik would sign Wright for the price he shelled out. Dell believes Dominik woefully overpaid for Wright, and frankly, Joe doesn’t have a problem with that.
Last year the 4-12 Bucs were no less than wretched on defense and there was a void at cornerback the size of a Hernando County sinkhole after Ronde Barber was moved to safety. Something had to be done.
About the only way Dominik was going to plug that hole was to overpay to get a cornerback here. Just what cornerback wanted to come to the Bucs, then a low-rung team with a new coach? The only way Dominik — or any general manager — was going to upgrade a position through free agency on a team like the Bucs was to overpay.
Cornerbacks are so valuable, their pay scale is overpriced to begin with, thanks to the seven-on-seven style football the NFL has morphed into under the watch of NFL
warden commissioner Roger Goodell.
As Joe has asked Dell, he asks his readers: Would Myron Lewis have been an upgrade at cornerback after Barber flipped to safety rather than coughing up big bucks for Wright?
Yes, Wright — and everyone in the Bucs secondary — had a rough day last week. That cannot continue tomorrow night if
Mr. Steele Ponder is to be shut down.