Lifeless Defensive OpeningAugust 24th, 2013
Fresh as a daisy, the Bucs’ first-team defense was gutted and gashed to open tonight’s game against the Dolphins in Miami.
It was ugly. It was Raheem Morris, every-game’s-a-slow-start ugly.
It was so damn ugly that Bucs icon Ronde Barber said on the game broadcast during that drive, “This defense needs to find some energy.”
The Dolphins, or any team, ripping off a 17-play opening drive on the Bucs is a recipe for wearing down the Bucs defense in the Florida heat.
There is no excuse for that. The Bucs’ first team defense should have been chomping at the bit to “swarm,” as Greg Schiano calls it, and fire off the ball and be full of life. They weren’t.