Bucs Get An “A”May 18th, 2013
Does Joe really have to be graphic about the Bucs’ horrifying pass defense last year? The second-worst in NFL history?
For Joe, watching that pass defense was like re-experiencing the nuns that taught him in grade school: a period of Joe’s life he tries to purge from his memory, often with the help of Joe’s good friend, Mr. Alcohol.
So when Bucs rock star general manager Mark Dominik went on SiriusXM NFL Radio recently and spoke openly about upgrading the secondary, he wasn’t joking. It’s possible the Bucs have gone from the worst secondary to potentially the best.
For this reason, Vinnie Iyer of The Sporting News gives the Bucs an “A” grade for their offseason transactions.
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Best addition: S Dashon Goldson
So the Bucs finally did trade for Revis, but given the concern about his knee, the secondary move that deserves more love is the signing of Goldson away from the 49ers. He does everything at safety and is the perfect complement to another hard hitter in run support, Mark Barron. The Bucs aggressively addressed their huge secondary need with a home run.
On paper, it sure looks like the Bucs did a complete 180 with the secondary, including the drafting of Johnthan Banks in the second round.
For this reason in particular, Joe is intrigued to see how the Bucs defend the pass come September.