Punishing DefenseApril 27th, 2014
Oh, what it was like to watch the old Bucs, hell, even back to the Lee Roy Selmon days.
And shoot, even the woeful years when Scot Brantley played. When teams faced the Bucs, they may have won but they paid a price, as their bodies were black and blue for days.
When Warren Sapp and Derrick Brooks and John Lynch and Ronde Barber prowled the field, opponents must have had aching ribs… and that was before their plane landed in Tampa. If nothing else, new Bucs head coach Lovie Smith, who was a part of the coaching staff of that latter group, wants to deal pain to visiting teams, notes Woody Cummings of The Tampa Tribune.
“If you’re not describing us as a tough football team, then we haven’t established what we want,” Smith said.
“When people come down to Raymond James Stadium, they need to be saying, ‘Man, we have Tampa this week.’ We have to get back to that.’’
That’s what Joe wants to hear. He wants the Bucs in the heads of visiting teams, and not just because they did their homework. Joe wants receivers fearing for their lives before they leave the line of scrimmage. Joe wants linebackers rattling the teeth of running backs.
And mostly, Joe wants quarterbacks eating grass, and not like Les Miles.