Bucs Going “Old School, Traditional Tampa-2″

April 15th, 2014

Gerald McCoy explained that what’s new this season will look very old

Don’t think the Bucs are going to run the Glory Days, Tampa-2 defense as their core defense?

Well, Lovie Smith hasn’t changed much, says Gerald McCoy. It’s been all Tampa-2 study all the time at One Buc Palace this past week.

McCoy mentioned to reporters today that the team was getting used to a “new scheme.” So Joe asked McCoy what’s new for him. McCoy said what’s new is really old, as in film study that includes orange uniforms.

“We are playing the old school, traditional Tampa-2 defense. All we’ve been watching is old Chicago tape when Lovie was there and [1996] to however long they played it [in Tampa]. But when [the Bucs] were in their prime, you know, ’96 to 2002ish, 2003is, we’ve been watching all their tape. Because that’s when the Tampa-2 was really thriving and really took over the league. That’s how I know we’re really running the old traditional Tampa-2. So I’m excited about it.”

McCoy also explained that he’s now an “undertackle” and not a “3-technique,” and he will be treated as the No. 1 pass rusher on the field. Essentially, burying quarterbacks will very much be all about No. 93 in 2014.

18 Responses to “Bucs Going “Old School, Traditional Tampa-2″”

  1. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:


    If teams focus on GMC, Michael will get plenty of sacks too.

  2. tmaxcon Says:

    I am all for the old school defense. I just hope that GMC and company don’t have to brake out the old Sapp mantra of just give us 17 points and we will do the rest. The offense has to be new school and score points.

  3. Macabee Says:

    In other words, they’re going to play an old school version of sandlot football called Kill the Carrier. See the guy with the ball, kill the guy with the ball. Everybody gets a shot at some red meat. Ha! Ha! this is going to be fun to watch!

  4. Bucsfanman Says:

    If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. It has worked for almost 2 decades. I’d say that it is beyond a fad.
    Like any other scheme it requires the right personnel and the obligatory “tweaking” to suit the need. Hopefully, Lovie can make it work here…again.

  5. theDON Says:

    love Defense, need offense

  6. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    Macabee Says
    “In other words, they’re going to play an old school version of sandlot football called Kill the Carrier. See the guy with the ball, kill the guy with the ball. Everybody gets a shot at some red meat. Ha! Ha! this is going to be fun to watch!”

    I would SOOOO love that!

  7. jay jay Says:

    me 2!!!!!!

  8. Tristan Berry Says:


  9. Espo Says:

    Whoa whoa whoa Tristan that’s blasphemy! Let GMC be GMC. There will never be another Sapp.

  10. Tristan Berry Says:


  11. Bucfan#37 Says:

    Whatever works for piling up wins, bring it on.

  12. William Says:


    No team will come to Tampa expecting a win. We will be respected once again!

    O.K. Tedford do your Magic!

    …Connor Shaw is coming to Tampa.

  13. Iknowmorethanjoe Says:

    Tampa 2 is useless now. Gottamix it up with man to man and zone schemes. This organization and fan base needs to stop living in the past and try to recapture former glory.

  14. BuccoBill Says:

    Everyone is getting stoked about our defense, getting to take chunks out of opposing players hides and prides. That will be fine until the zebras start throwing flags for getting to much air blown on Drew Breeze. Then they will start pulling back and whiffing tackles. JMHO.

  15. CocoaBchBuc Says:

    IMHO…I will say again…give the new regime a chance…I see, right or wrong, of changing our roster…4-12 is not good enough. Step back and let L&L do their due diligence..we can always build the gallows later
    .This is the Gm and HC that have been chosen. If you want to crucify them before the first snap of the preseason then go ahead and order your blow up doll now. Maybe then you will find your satisfaction…All of the doomsayers make me sick to my stomach…either be a real fan of our beloved Buck or GRFO

  16. CocoaBchBuc Says:

    Sorry for the double post….it is moving slowly tonight

  17. pick6 Says:

    that’s all well and good, but Tampa 2 isn’t exactly the answer vs an empty backfield and 5 pass catchers, so there will have to be different looks. also, i’ve kind of gotten used to us not getting gutted by physical rushing attacks like the old days, so i hope that isn’t part of the retro feel lovie brings back to tampa

  18. Dennis Says:

    We’re going to have to change a few things. In 02 Bucs were about intimidation through hits and being tough. Now it’ll be a little different

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