Dave Wannstedt Talks Defense, Three-Man RushFebruary 5th, 2013
Joe has no doubt Greg Schiano wanted Dave Wannstedt in town to not just coach special teams but to be another defensive voice in game planning.
Wannstedt has yet to talk to Tampa Bay media about his somewhat bizarre — for him — new role in Tampa. But before scoring the Bucs job, Wannstedt spoke to “Miller and Moulton” on 770 AM in Fort Myers and dove deep into interesting Xs and Os relating to his defensive philosophies on rushing the passer and cornerback play, two things the Bucs need desperately.
What made Joe cringe in the audio (hear below) is Wannstedt embracing the three-man rush, which doomed the Bucs against the Saints this season in Tampa, and at other times.
“You cover the great ones and you rush the ones that aren’t as experienced or aren’t as good,” Wannstedt said, referring to his philosophy on stopping quarterbacks.
Wannstedt went to explain how his Bills defense stifled Tom Brady that way but still lost.
However, even Schiano admitted the Bucs underestimated Drew Brees’ ability to be patient against a three-man rush. And frankly, the Bucs in recent years have not had any success with that worthless three-man rush.
Joe’s just no fan of Wannstedt’s defensive brain joining the Bucs.
You can hear the audio below. It’s very interesting stuff, especially for those who crave Xs and Os. Wannstedt delves into how teams will stop the read-option next season, and how he’s got a home base in Naples (likely part of the reason he came to Tampa.)