Bucs Defense Came To PlaySeptember 26th, 2011
Joe was as giddy as the next guy that the Bucs took down the Dixie Chicks, finally, Sunday night. The reason is simple: defense.
To read the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the crying has consumed Atlanta (combined with the Braves swallowing the tailpipe as well). It’s not bad enough that the Dixie Chicks lost. It’s not bad enough that Matty Ice got beaten to a pulp . It’s that these actions came at the hands of the Bucs, documents Mark Bradley.
The Falcons spent three quarters letting an OK Tampa Bay team get ahead and stay there, and it wasn’t as if the Bucs seized every moment. They netted three points from two sacks-and-recovered-fumbles inside the Falcons’ 20. They had a chance to pull ahead by three scores but threw an interception on the first play of the fourth quarter, whereupon a mystery guest appeared.
Yet is is this same “OK” Bucs team that had the Dixie Chicks on the ropes at the GeorgiaDome last year but couldn’t convert a fourth-and-one for a first down inside the five in the waning minutes of the game. Yet it’s this same “OK” Tampa Bay squad which forgot how to tackle against the Dixie Chicks on a kickoff, thereby letting them back in the game.
So which is is? Are the Bucs better than OK? Or is it simply that the Dixie Chicks aren’t Super Bowl-ready?