“… If You Use It Sparingly”December 5th, 2013
All that dancing along the Bucs’ defensive line (aka line stunts) is a head-scratcher and really needs a nickname it’s become so comical.
“The Rutgers Shuffle?” “The Sack Sucker?”
How about “The Te’O Tango?”
The Bucs do it too often with too little results. It’s the 2013 Benn’d Around.
Gerald McCoy prefers to rush the quarterback in old school style. This is well known. McCoy elaborated on WDAE-AM 620 last night.
A caller to the Buccaneers Radio Network last night asked McCoy what he thinks about all that dancing and if he’s been on a team that stunts so often.
“I think stunting is effective. I think it works if you use it, you know, sparingly,” McCoy said. “You have to hit a team with a surprise stunt. But stunts are useful. The Bucs of old with those great defenses, they stunted, but they used it sparingly. A lot of the time, they were just man on man, ‘Let’s see what you can do against me.’”
“No, I’ve never been on a team that stunts this much.”
Joe only has one issue with all the stunts; collective they’re not very effective. Obviously, Bucs coaches can see that but continue to employ them. The question is, why? Joe has to imagine a candid answer from Greg Schiano would include a supreme lack of confidence in the Bucs’ edge rushers.
But the deeper issue now, Joe believes, is the defensive line’s lack of confidence in the scheme. McCoy is their leader, and he hasn’t bought in with his soul. That can’t be good.