Nine Carries For Two YardsAugust 28th, 2011
Like countless others, Joe was looking to see if the Bucs could answer the bell and stop the run against Miami and prevent another Jim Bates era jailbreak.
Mission accomplished for the Bucs!
Sure, Miami only had nine carries in the first half — two by Chad Henne — but the Fins only had two yards on those nine carres. TWO yards! Joe was hoping for baby steps, but this certainly was a huge leap, even if it is preseason. Miami ran the ball very well in its last preseason game.
Joe caught up with defensive line coach Keith Millard to get his take. And the fired up Millard praised the entire line and singled out Frank Okam.
“Frank’s a big presence there obviously in the run game,” Millard said. So he’s always going to give us some of what we need to stop the run. Frank, he’s a space-eater. I mean he made some huge plays for us [against Miami] and those are the things we need him for. He made that big play on short yardage. He had a huge play on the goal line. I mean, the guy, he’s a blessing really, because he knows both positions, nose and 3-technique, and he’s had a really good camp for us.
“We take a lot of pride in stopping the run. … It’s a point of emphasis every single day. Always. With the D-line, we always tell them, ‘You can’t rush the passer unless you stop the run. You gotta earn the right to do it.’
Millard went on to say the Bucs stuck to their gameplan tonight and didn’t add any wrinkles this week to shore up their run defense. What a great thing to watch.
Joe suspects remote controls were spared across the Bay area and filthy language was kept to a minimum.