“They Don’t Have That Dance Choreographed”December 28th, 2013
Exotic blitzes, multiple looks and loud noise are a toxic combination for a rookie quarterback with no running game.
Joe feels for Mike Glennon, and the whistle hasn’t even blown yet for kickoff of Sunday’s Bucs-Saints game.
The Saints’ fourth-ranked defense under coordinator Rob Ryan is a complete handful, and it’s been improving.
Glennon struggled to identify protections at the line of scrimmage last week in St. Louis. Joe specifically asked Glennon about the mistakes he learned from against the Rams, and Glennon referenced those line calls, which are his responsibility.
The Rams sacked Glennon seven times. He’s been sacked at an extremely alarming rate all season on the road, and the Bucs’ offensive line is sinking.
On the upside, the NFL Network “Playbook” crew took their Xs and Os look at Sunday’s matchup and spent time identifying the Saints’ shoddy pass protection, thanks to flimsy depth on their line. Drew Brees has absorbed 36 sacks. That’s a record high for him, though about middle of the pack among NFL quarterbacks.
On certain protections, noted former Pro Bowl center and current Playbook co-host Shaun O’Hara, the Saints “don’t have that dance choreographed.”
This definitely gives the Bucs real hope of forcing turnovers, likely the only way they can compete.
Joe sincerely hopes the Bucs defense can dominate in the name of Lavonte David’s historic Pro Bowl snub. Joe expects nothing from the Bucs offense, but Tampa Bay should at least give its fans inspired defense Sunday. It’s the least they could do.