Defense Let Bucs DownNovember 5th, 2013
Joe still has a pit in his stomach (no, he didn’t swallow a beer bottle cap) thinking of how the Bucs gagged away a three-touchdown lead Sunday against the Seahawks. In case you didn’t know, the 21-point deficit the Seahawks overcame was a franchise record for Seattle. Isn’t it nice to be on the wrong end of a franchise record?
There is no question the Bucs offense departed from what was working beautifully for three quarters: running the ball. That gave Seattle ample chance to rally. This, however, should not give the Bucs defense a pass. When the Bucs needed their defense the most, it had a difficult time getting off the field, except after Seattle scored.
Ben Stockwell of Pro Football Focus had choice words for a subpar effort by the defense of the Bucs.
One crucial failure from the Bucs in their attempt to hold their lead yesterday was their inability to make the Seahawks one dimensional as they chased a three-score deficit. While the Seahawks’ composure and the time left in the game certainly played a part, the Bucs at no point looked like being able to take the Seattle ground game out of the equation. This meant that in spite of playing from behind the entire game, the Seahawks still ran more than they passed (32 runs to 29 drop-backs) with the energetic and physical running of Marshawn Lynch a crucial factor in the home team’s recovery.
What the heck has happened to the rush defense of the Bucs? It was so special last year and this year, well, eh. They are currently No. 13 in the NFL, a pretty big drop off from last year.
It says something about what other NFL teams think of the Bucs that, down by three touchdowns, Peter Carroll and the Seahawks didn’t blink and kept feeding the ball to Marshawn Lynch. If teams like Seattle wasn’t concerned or scared of the Bucs’ rush defense. If so, they would have all but grounded their run game.