Bucs Missed A Dozen TacklesAugust 11th, 2012
Bucs tackling was hardly perfect last night. Is it ever in a preseason game?
Per the analysis of the New Schiano Order, the Bucs had seven tackles for a loss in Miami – that’s darn good – and 12 missed tackles. The dozen is a too-high number and a decent chunk were on the first-team defense.
Three of them can be seen right here on one play, when Gerald McCoy, Cody Grimm and Ronde Barber couldn’t wrap up Reggie Bush.
Today, Greg Schiano talked about how now the Bucs can get back to their fundamental tackling drills, a staple of Schiano practices, and “connect the dots” to better apply their technique. In all, Schiano was not alarmed.
“We missed 12 tackles. So, you now, I’ve had games where we missed 18 to 20 tackles and you also had games where you missed four tackles. So 12’s kinda, eh, not good, not the worst,” Schiano said.
All that matters is whether the Bucs get the sloppy tackling corrected. If the tackling’s not sharp on opening day, then look for the Bucs to get gutted and gashed from the Panthers strong running and scrambling game. The game is still blocking and tackling at its core.