Bucs On A Super Bowl Push?November 26th, 2012
The Bucs are in a battle for their playoff lives after giving a game away yesterday to the Dixie Chicks. Joe wondered if Bucs coach Greg Schiano did his best Dennis Green impersonation inside the walls of the Bucs locker room prior to the doors being flung open for the pen and mic club?
Well, this morning, college football-ignorant, popcorn-munching, coffee-slurping, fried-chicken-eating, oatmeal-loving, circle-jerking, beer-chugging Peter King of Sports Illustrated and NBC Sports fame, seemed to have conflicting thoughts in his must-read “Monday Morning Quarterback.”
In one element of his column, King believes the Bucs will be squeezed out of a Wild Card berth by the Packers and Redskins, and on the very same page he writes how he senses the Bucs are on the cusp of beginning a roll that may just end in New Orleans in February as he ranked the Bucs the ninth-best team in the NFL.
9. Tampa Bay (6-5). The more I see the Bucs, the more I think they might do what the Giants of 2007 or 2011 did — get hot late and get on a January run that could take them very far. Not saying I think this will happen. Just saying it wouldn’t surprise me if the Bucs were the NFC’s sixth seed and made some big noise.
Joe sort of gets where King is coming from, but there’s a big difference.
Sure, in recent history, teams have gone to the Super Bowl with woeful secondaries. While the Bucs are average to solid with safeties (Mark Barron still struggles in pass defense and Ronde Barber is playing at a Pro Bowl-level in his first year as a safety), without Eric Wright the cornerback position is frightful (though E.J. Biggers may have had his best game yesterday).
Also, said teams which have gone far in the postseason with weak secondaries usually had a scary front line. The Bucs do not have that. There were only a few times yesterday where Matty Ice, not fleet of foot, heard footsteps from the Bucs and one of those few times those footsteps came from a blitzing corner (Biggers).
That’s borderline unacceptable.
If the Bucs are going to make a postseason run to the French Quarter, the Bucs’ defensive line is going to have to transform, and transform in a hurry.
There’s just no way to believe the Bucs will make a January run for the ages if the defensive line lets the Bucs’ depleted corners hang out to dry like yesterday.