Keeping Teams Out Of End Zone KeyAugust 25th, 2013
In the glass-is-half-full view of the world, the Bucs defense was strong last night in Miami.
Sure, Ryan Tannehill went all Tom Brady on the first team Bucs defense (oh, and Drew Brees is coming to town in three weeks, yea!) but when the Bucs needed a stop, even after playing Santa Claus, the defense stood tall.
The Dolphins had two series in the first possession inside the Bucs-10 thanks to an illegal contact penalty, but the Bucs defense stoned the Dolphins, forcing them to settle for a field goal.
“There is a lot we need to fix,” Bucs tackle Gerald McCoy said. “But the top defenses in this league keep you from scoring. As long as we are stingy in keeping people from getting into the end zone, we can work on the rest of it.”
This is a good thing. New England is famous for this. So what if opponents march down the field on the Bucs if the Bucs force teams to kick field goals, sooner or later that turns out to be the football equivalent to shooting yourself in the foot.