Bennett Is So ReadyDecember 15th, 2010
Former Bucs defensive end Steve White (1996-2001) has yet again graced the blogosphere with another manbeast of a post out of a Bucs game. Of course, this time it’s his take on Sunday’s messy win in Washington.
White churns out plenty on many aspects of the game, including a good look at the Redskins’ success in the running game.
But most intriguing to Joe was White’s look at Michael Bennett, who likely is the Bucs new undertackle with Gerald McCoy under the knife. It seems White is salivating to put the 25-year-old under his wing. Here’s an excerpt:
… If I could get that kid in the lab for a week or two I guarantee you I’d turn him into a monster. Basically I’d just teach him to unleash the beast that he already has shown he has in him and he would end up destroying people.
But since I don’t have that kind of contact with him let me write one piece of advice for him at the under tackle position in hopes that somehow some way he gets to see it.
When in doubt, haul ass!!!
One of the things that drove me crazy about McCoy here lately is that he started relying too heavily on inside moves. For one they rarely worked. For two he was basically running himself into a double team if the center had any awareness about him.
With the undertackle you want a guy that pierces the heart of the offensive line’s pass protection. That means a guy who is getting upfield and making the quarterback move in the pocket. It doesn’t always matter if the undertackle gets a hand on the quarterback or gets the sack. If he can get around the guard and make the quarterback feel him then more than likely he will give the other three defensive linemen an opportunity to get the sack or force the throw.
I’ve talked before about a natural game where the undertackle gets up field and the defensive end sees the quarterback stepping up and just falls back inside to make the sack. Well that will never happen if the undertackle is never trying to get around the corner on the guard. And so you end up with everyone just stuck on blocks and the only guy really having a legitimate shot at pressure being the backside end who could possibly have a one on one.
This is where Bennett can really shine though, especially against play action pass. If he can start back flying off the ball and getting up the field as an undertackle he will be able to help not only his fellow defensive lineman but the secondary tremendously.
And really, if he isn’t hauling ass and using his speed and quickness which are his best assets, what’s the use of having him in the game anyway?
Joe wonders whether Bennett will be wise enough in the offseason to seek out White’s sage wisdom. There’s more in White’s blog on the subject.
If Joe were a 25-year-old, third-year defensive end looking for a payday, and there was a savvy dude like White who knows the Bucs defense and was eager to help, you better believe Joe would be embracing the opportunity.