Bucs Secondary Marching Toward Record BookDecember 14th, 2012
It’s amazing that the Bucs are allowing only five fewer yards per game than in 2011. It’s a stat that seems almost impossible given how spectacular the current Bucs are against the run and how the Raheem regime made second rate running backs look like Hall of Famers, from Ryan Torain to Maurice Morris, Jason Snelling and beyond.
But what’s even more sobering is that the Bucs are on pace to have the statistically worst secondary in NFL history, so reports ESPN NFC South blogger Pat Yasinskas.
A record they don’t want: The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are allowing 311.6 passing yards per game. At that pace, they would give up 4,986 passing yards by the end of the season, which would be an NFL record. The current record was set last season when the Green Bay Packers gave up 4,796 yards.
Joe’s going to play math geek here and re-arrange the ESPN data. Bucs opponents over the next three games only need an average of 249 passing yards per game to give the Bucs the dubious honor of the most porous secondary in league history.
This mark shouldn’t stain Ronde Barber’s Hall of Fame credentials, but it sure could offer ammunition to a contrary Hall voter when Barber’s name comes before the voting committee one day.
Also, Joe has to believe Bucs’ cornerback play must at least improve soon, otherwise there’s going to be a warm seat under defensive backs coach Ron Cooper come January.