The House Of DavidDecember 29th, 2012
Now Joe has written about how the Bucs are on the cusp of a truly horrific 93-year NFL-worst record for pass defense, which is simply unacceptable and demands full explanation from Greg Schiano to Bucs rock star general manager Mark Dominik and Team Glazer next week, This should not be tolerated under any circumstances and specifically how Schiano intends to repair this abomination must be explained.
(And stop with the comparisons to the Packers. Worst means worst! Trying to spin this 93-year mark or wave off how rank the pass defense has sunk is crazy talk, an exercise in idiocy.)
The Bucs, however, are also on the verge of setting another defensive mark, but this time it is very good. Aaron Schatz, the mastermind behind FootballOutsiders.com, has crunched the numbers and documented that the Bucs’ rush defense is one of the best in NFL history.
The Bucs also lead the league stuffing runners for no gain or a loss 34 percent of the time. That’s only tenth historically, but it’s by far the best figure this year. Detroit — maybe Suh can stop the run too? — is second at 27 percent.
Anyway, let’s congratulate these mostly unknown players on doing at least part of their job really, really well. Unfortunately, in the modern NFL, the other part of the job — “getting to the quarterback” — is the more important part.
Now Joe is on record stating he cannot fathom what kind of sales job Schiano must do with Dominik and Team Glazer to somehow justify bringing defensive backs coach Ron Cooper back next year — frankly, there is no justification. Some of Joe’s readers point to defensive coordinator Bill Sheridan as culpable as well, and Joe believes that is a fair point.
But if we are to mock Sheridan for the pass defense, then he must be lauded for the outstanding rush defense.
Joe wants to believe this is the handiwork of Bucs front seven assistant Bryan Cox, who deserves a handsome bonus or raise for the job he has done.
Also in Schatz’s article, he writes extensively how great rookie linebacker Lavonte David has played and referred to the Bucs defense as “The House of David.”
Joe believes that’s what the Stadium on Dale Mabry Highway should be called, “The House of David.” Has a nice ring to it, doesn’t it?