Lesson Learned On The Heinous Three-Man RushDecember 14th, 2012
On two key 3rd-and-long scenarios in the Bucs’ tight loss to New Orleans in October, Tampa Bay threw three-man rushes at Drew Brees and were carved up by the immortal Saints wide receiver Lance Moore. And there were other occasions that day when the three-man rush didn’t work
The Brees three-man rush was only slightly less heinous than the two-man rush rolled out against Atlanta, which led to Matt Ryan comfortably tossing a 20-yard pass for a first down.
Greg Schiano said he has learned a lesson when it comes to the Saints.
“[Brees] is so good at seeing what you’re doing. We’re going to have disguise better than we did. And, you know, one thing he did is when we gave him a three-man rush, he held the football. And you know, young guys maybe sometimes don’t get that, but obviously this guy, he’s as experienced and as good as there is. And you know, third down, he just, that was a real weakness in the first game,” Schiano said on the Buccaneers Radio Network on Monday.
That sure sounds like Schiano knows his coaching missed the mark in the last Saints game. Joe severely doubts there wasn’t a truckload of film available entering that game showing how Brees reacted to a three-man rush.
Schiano went on to say his primary concern for Sunday is the Bucs’ red zone defense and third-down success. The Saints converted 60 percent of third downs in Tampa.