Another Measure How Bucs UnderperformNovember 3rd, 2013
Early in the game, on the Seahawks’ first possession, Bucs second-year safety Mark Barron picked off Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson. It was Barron’s second interception of the season.
Remarkable, with Dashon Goldson and Darrelle Revis all in the same secondary, Barron leads the Bucs in interceptions. With two. Two!
Now, pulling up a chart from BSPN on NFL individual defensive statistics, entering this weekend, there were 48 other NFL players who had at least two interceptions. None of the 48, obviously, played for the Bucs. This is just stunning to Joe. How in the world can the Bucs have an All-World corner in Revis, an All-Pro in Goldson, and a promising second-year player in Barron, and before today’s game, none had more than one interception?
Often, good teams create their own opportunities. This is one reason why good teams often force opponents into turnovers. It’s also why the Bucs had their foot on the collective throats of the Seahawks for three quarters today, because the Bucs were forcing turnovers.
There are a lot of reasons why the Bucs are still winless through eight games. One is that the team has created so few turnovers on defense.