It Is Time To Be GreatApril 21st, 2014
One reason many NFL pundits think the Bucs can be this year’s version of the Chiefs is the team has a defensive core foundations to deliver a quick turnaround. You have Gerald McCoy up front, Lavonte David in the second level
and Darrelle Revis in the secondary.
So with that foundation, some NFL types believe the Bucs are not that far away from building a feared defense, if only they can learn how to breathe on opposing quarterbacks.
This was a point of conversation when David joined “The Blitz” Friday, co-hosted by Bruce Murray and Solomon Wilcots, heard exclusively on SiriusXM NFL Radio.
Solomon Wilcots: The NFC seems to be dominated with teams that have great defenses. Doesn’t seem like [any] team is going to be able to achieve its goals of an NFC title and a Super Bowl without having a great defense. Seattle has that. San Francisco has that. Even within your division, the Carolina Panthers, the New Orleans Saints with what Rob Ryan has brought to the table. And I see you guys as a team that can fit in that mix. You have makings of all those components. Talk to me about how much you guys are going to have to improve defensively to be one of those teams in the conversation to contend for an NFC title when it is all said and done.
Lavonte David: Our No. 1 goal as a defense is the be the No. 1 defense in the National Football League. The players, we have pretty much taken pride in that. Gerald McCoy, being the leader he is, brought everybody together and said it is time to be a great defense. We have been working at it, getting acclimated with it. Everybody is on board. We have the pieces to be great. We’ve got guys in the secondary, guys at linebacker and a great D-line to be that great defense that we want to be.
[Defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier said] to be recognized in the National Football League you have to make it to the big dance, the Super Bowl, the playoffs, and teams don’t make it that far without a great defense. He emphasized to us that we have to work at it to be a great defense.
Hopefully, the Bucs have filled their defensive holes, specifically the line, to turn this defense from average with virtually no pass rush, to good with a pass rush.
Joe still wonders if Alterraun Verner can fill the void left by Darrelle Revis. Of course, a push up front always helps the secondary. If Verner can play to his previous Pro Bowl form, Joe believes the secondary will be fine.
The key, as always, starts up front.