The “No Fly Zone” LivesDecember 8th, 2013
This summer, the Bucs’ marketing department started pimping the “No Fly Zone” slogan for the Bucs secondary in response to the big-money acquisitions of Dashon Goldson and Darrelle Revis.
It sounded good, but now it’s actually reality.
The Bucs added to their NFL lead in interceptions today with four picks of EJ Manuel. They came in various ways, two by Lavonte David (one punishing assist to Darrelle Revis), one by Mason Foster and a jumped-route pick by rookie Johnthan Banks.
That gives Tampa Bay 21 picks with three games to play this season. Consider that’s the highest single-season total since 2008, when the Bucs had 22. You’d have to go back to the Glory Years Bucs for more seasons with 21+ interceptions.
While the Bucs’ pass rush was stout today, that surely hasn’t been the case all season. The high interception total is a great testament to the Bucs’ efficiency in pass coverage. They don’t drop many chances, and they’ve been hunting in bunches for much of the season. You better believe the rarely-tested presence of Darrelle Revis is a factor.
Joe can only imagine what could be next year if the Bucs actually score a true edge rusher in free agency or in the draft.
As Joe wrote this morning, the entire opening-day Bucs defense is healthy. Today was exactly what it was supposed to look like, much like it did in the first few weeks of the season.
Bucs fans can put a lot of hope in the Bucs pass defense. It’s deserved.