Freedom RingsNovember 13th, 2013
Much has been made, going on two seasons, about how Bucs coaches seem to believe defensive linemen dancing around in choreographed if not silly stunts will somehow bring a quarterback to his knees.
But it seems as though the defensive line of the Bucs, as a whole, has gone to its knees enough times this season that perhaps Bucs defensive coordinator Bill Sheridan has seen the light?
A lot has been written of how Bucs coaches told the defensive line on Monday night, “Go get” the quarterback in the final defensive stand, a stand that resulted in two sacks of Ryan Tannehill and an interception by Darrelle Revis.
That move to let the defensive line pin their ears back for a change was not so much a revelation as it was finally coaches bowing to the wishes of the defensive line, so Bucs defensive tackle Akeem Spence told Joe today at One Buc Palace.
“That was fun. That was what we have been asking for all year and coach let us have it,” Spence said of getting to rush the quarterback. “We showed we could go out and do it. So, that’s what people expect. Come to the fourth quarter and get the job done.”
Even rookie defensive lineman William Gholston remarked about keying on the signal-caller.
“Man, that is so good when you don’t have to worry about any other adjustments,” Gholston said with a smile as wide as Tampa Bay. “Just go get him. It was fun. The way we closed out the game, I don’t see why we can’t play like that.”