Not The D-Line’s DayNovember 25th, 2012
Joe knows the Bucs do some bizarre stuff along the defensive line. Bucs coaches don’t seem comfortable turning loose the front four consistently to straight-on rush quarterbacks.
pull run all kinds of stunts and drop linemen in coverage in head-scratching ways. Today the Falcons had a 3rd-and-3 on their 32 yard line trailing 7-3 early in the second quarter. The Bucs only rushed two linemen, dropped the others in coverage, and Matt Ryan was comfy-cozy and tossed a 20-yard toss for a first down.
Joe can’t hang that on the D-line, but the bottom line is the line didn’t get much done when it did get to battle straight-up rushing four. And the run defense, while very solid statistically, did have its hands full with speedy Jaquizz Rodgers, who hadn’t been having a strong season.
Joe has no doubt the Bucs are going to keep blitzing and stunting and doing what they do. Clearly, it’s been enough to win games. But in all the defensive line has to improve.