Will The Bucs’ Defense Get Bullied?December 12th, 2013
Forget about Sunday’s Bucs-Niners final score for a minute, Joe wants to see how the New Schiano Order defense stacks up against the 49ers’ offense.
Coaches at One Buc Palace have been painting the Niners as an epic powerhouse team in all phases. Joe hasn’t seen such gushing from Greg Schiano and friends.
But the fact is the 49ers are a run first team that’s had its share of off days offensively this season.
They’ve got strong talent, but they’re no juggernaut. In their 13 games, Frank Gore has led all rushers (both teams) six times. Colin Kaepernick has only one 300 yard passing day all season.
Are they really offensive bullies? Greg Schiano thinks so.
“They’re a run-first team. So all those things. You know, how do you cover big chunks of yardage? Throwing the ball, right? They will grind it out,” Schiano said. “They enjoy bullying you up and down the field. That’s part of their shtick. So what we gotta match it hit for hit, play for play, kind of what we like to see ourselves as. So I think it will be an exciting game.”
As Joe wrote last week before the Bucs defense clubbed the Bills with seven sacks and four interceptions, the Bucs have the rare benefit of their entire opening-day defense healthy – and arguably more healthy than they were on opening day.
The Bucs are at home. Joe demands to see a ferocious performance from the Bucs defense.
Joe also wants to see a win, but Joe expects nothing from the Bucs offense. Frankly, Joe would almost feel good about the Bucs holding the Niners to 13 points or less, regardless of the final score.
These final three games will show whether the New Schiano Order defense has evolved, grown, and is ready to take the next step in 2014.