Secondary Schemes Need To Be ReassessedNovember 5th, 2012
Not so lost in the glorious win over the Raiders was how the Bucs’ pass defense damn near coughed up yet another fourth-quarter lead.
This is an ugly pattern the Bucs really need to address. Yes, Bucs coach Greg Schiano noted that when the Bucs needed to make a play, they did so. True, but the game was hanging in the balance and it should not have been.
Changing personnel is not the answer. E.J. Biggers haters will just have to find a way to come to grips that he will be a starting cornerback, likely through the end of the season. Joe is still of the mind Biggers did not get “burned” much. Getting burned, in Joe’s mind, is the type of half-arsed defense that Myron Lewis manufactures where a receiver leaves Lewis in the dust and all he can do is turn around and watch a zebra throw his hands in the air signaling “touchdown.”
There were two damned good plays made on Biggers, one where Palmer threw a perfect pass on decent coverage, and another where Darrius Heyward-Bey, arguably the fastest receiver in the NFL, hauled in a one-handed freak catch.
Besides, it was Biggers who made the game-saving pick.
Even Stephen Holder of the Tampa Bay Times types that the current starters for the Bucs at cornerback aren’t going to change, sans Eric Wright’s pending suspension.
And with former first-round pick Aqib Talib now property of the Patriots after Thursday’s trade, it’s a lineup the Bucs are going to have to make the best of.
“There is no excuse,” Biggers said. “We have to play until the clock says zero, no matter how many times we have to cover. They’re going to make plays. But we have to do our jobs and deny our man the ball. They made some plays. They have a great quarterback and some great players at receiver.”
The only personnel move Joe could suggest is the jettisoning of Myron Lewis. You cannot tell Joe there isn’t someone walking the streets who can’t play pitiful defense like Lewis.
Lewis is this year’s Sabby the Goat. Whenever Sabby the Goat was sent in, you just knew he was going to get grilled for six, you just knew it. So too did opposing offensive coordinators, who wasted little time in targeting him.
Lewis has now sunk to that level. Like with Sabby the Goat, Bucs rock star general manager Mark Dominik finally had his fill and handed Sabby the Goat a pink slip to close that chapter and move on. Joe hopes Dominik has (finally) come to the same realization about Lewis. Just what makes anyone think he will improve after countless chances to do so?
Since personnel, sans perhaps Lewis, isn’t going to change, the schemes the Bucs are using need to be reevaluated.
Surely, putting heat on quarterbacks in the fourth quarter could help out a beleaguered secondary.