Chess Match: Schiano Vs. BreesSeptember 11th, 2013
Joe and WDAE-AM 620 personality Ronnie Lane are going to bring a weekly podcast to readers this season. The first will appear on these here pages later this week. But in the podcast, Joe honestly does not predict doom and gloom for the Bucs against Drew Brees.
Readers will have to listen to the podcast for the details, but readers won’t have to read the words of Ady Benoit. The noted NFL analyst whose duties include working for Peter King’s theMMQB.com, believes Bucs commander Greg Schiano got enough of a taste of works and, more importantly, what doesn’t work against Brees. With the additions to defensive personnel in the offseason, what defense Schiano employs Sunday will be a window to the 2013 season, Benoit believes.
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When rookie coach Greg Schiano faced the Saints for the first time last year in Week 7, the Bucs played a lot of seven- and eight-man zone coverages. Schiano learned that’s not a great approach against this offense because it allows Drew Brees more than enough time to work through his progressions (which is exactly what the seven-time Pro Bowler does best). When the teams met again in Week 15, the Bucs changed up their defensive looks, switching between man-free and Cover 2. But injuries had depleted their secondary and pass rush, leaving them unequipped to match up against New Orleans’s aerial weapons. With both teams at full strength this weekend, Tampa Bay’s approach could say a lot about what kind of defense Schiano plans on employing in 2013.
Very few things, sadly for the Bucs, work against Brees. This is why the guy already has a bust waiting for him in Canton.
It really comes down to putting Brees on the ground. Running stunts taking your best defensive lineman out of the play isn’t going to cut it this week. Brees is not Geno Smith.