“Run-And-Hit”March 31st, 2014
The Jeff Tedford Mystery is one thing that keeps Bucs fans awake at night. Will the Bucs run the ball? Pass the ball? Keep it about 50/50? Will they pass the ball downfield or go Chucky dink-and-dunk?
Fans won’t know until the regular season starts. But Joe and other Bucs fans do know what the defense will look like. Per Alterraun Verner, the Bucs under coach Lovie Smith will run a Tampa-2 defense only a fraction of the time.
Recently, outside linebacker Jonathan Casillas did an interview with Pro Football Zone where he talked about Lovie’s defense.
Casillas likes to refer to Lovie’s defense as “Run-and-Hit.”
“I think it will be very different,” Casillas said. “Knowing [Lovie] from Chicago, it is a run-and-hit defense where you have to have quick linebackers like Lavonte David and myself and good defensive linemen. Gerald McCoy, DaQuan Bowers, Adrian Clayborn and Will Gholston. I think we have the roster to play this defense. The rocks of our defense [are] there. We are just trying to figure out how defenses fit in. our roster if full of guys that will flourish in this defense. Wow, I think we can be a dominant defense. We have the guys to do it.”
Obviously, this interview was conducted before the Bucs splurged in free agency. If Casillas liked the Bucs defensive linemen before, then imagine now.
Also, in this interview, Casillas described what was going on inside the walls of One Buc Palace the morning former Bucs commander Greg Schiano and his staff was jettisoned. Just click the orange button below.