Tale Of Two Defenses In OneNovember 5th, 2012
It’s one of the more bizarre stats you’ll see; the Bucs have the NFL’s best run defense (77.2 yards allowed per game) and the league’s worst pass defense (321.1 yards per game).
Now Raheem Morris says stats are for losers, but Greg Schiano is a big numbers cruncher and this data is not dismissed by the head coach.
Today before local media, Schiano repeated that his pass defense is getting closer to making more plays, working every week, and it’s evident on film that the Bucs are just a few inches away from a better defense. Call it “a shoe,” if you will.
Will the Bucs make up those inches? Well, Joe’s hardly confident there will be loads of improvement in the secondary, especially if Eric Wright is suspended four games for Adderrall use. However, Joe does expect at least a little improvement from the remaining cornerbacks (hopefully not Myron Lewis), and a little more life to the pass rush as Da’Quan Bowers gets to full strength.
A pass rush is and always will be a secondary’s best friend. And just the slightest uptick from the D-line would make a huge impact on the Bucs’ playoff hopes.