“We’re Gonna Do What We Do”September 5th, 2013
Greg Schiano brought the Rutgers defense to Tampa and it hasn’t changed much.
New Bucs linebackers coach Robb Smith, who arrived this season from (all together now) Rutgers, told Joe he’s made an easy transition because the defense is virtually identical to the Scarlet Knights’. Yesterday, Adrian Clayborn told Joe that aside from a couple of things, the defense in 2013 will be what fans saw last season but executed better. Clayborn believes his return plus Batman and Robin added to the secondary, plus familiarity, will make all the difference.
Schiano talked to the New York media yesterday and was asked about defending Geno Smith. Schiano got into some detail but ultimately explained that the Bucs will simply do their thing on defense, documented The Star Ledger.
Will you expect a lot of shotgun formations from the Jets?
I think he’s gonna do both. I think he can do all those things. There are a lot of things Geno did in college. He’s a gun-run quarterback. He did some things with shotgun pass game. Not in college a lot, but under center he’s certainly done a lot in the NFL. I think we’ll see the full gamut.
Does your defensive approach change with a rookie quarterback, such as more pressure or showing multiple fronts to confuse him?
Sometimes I think guys do that. I think it’s all a matter of where they fit in the system and how far along in the development you think they are. Some systems are more quarterback friendly than others — the Jets is a more quarterback friendly system. As I look at it, I see a guy who handles things pretty well. … I don’t think in this instance it will behoove you to do more or less but you’ve got to be who you are anyway. We do pressure. We also lay back. We’re gonna do what we do.
Expect the Bucs to blitz all over the place. Like last season, the Bucs’ top-ranked run defense will again be committed to stopping the run at all costs, run-blitzing and getting the most out of Lavonte David and Mason Foster in that area.
Why would they do anything different? Make Geno Smith bust out the 70+ percent passing he showed at West Virginia. If Smith throws/forces 15 to 20 balls to starting tight end DJ Toes On The Line Winslow, then the Bucs are likely in great shape.