NFL Network Not Liking Bucs

December 18th, 2008

For those who have NFL Network (and for those that do not, why not?), viewers already know that NFL Network analysts Marshall Faulk and Deion Sanders are not shy about how they feel.

Currently, they don’t like the Bucs.

In a teleconference this week, both Faulk and Sanders explained they’re not fond of the Bucs chances in the postseason, provided they make the postseason, so reports

“The first thing you think about with the Bucs is their defense and I think at some key positions there they are a little long in the tooth,’’ said Sanders. “Offensively, without Jeff Garcia making plays on the go when things break down, they’re a very basic football team, with no explosiveness. I’d love to see Antonio Bryant paired up with a Joey Galloway, but that’s just not the case right now.’’

This irritates Joe too: Why in the world can’t supergenius Chucky find ways to involve White Tiger Joey Galloway on the field at the same time as Antonio Bryant? Remember, this was a coach who somehow found a way to get Jerry Porter, Tim Brown and Jerry Rice on the field at the same time. If Chucky is actually telling the truth about how he cannot bend his mind enough to find the White Tiger and Bryant on the field on the same play, then that tells Joe that Al Davis was telling Chucky who to play.

“Those guys aren’t tackling,’’ Faulk said. “For Carolina to run the ball on them like that on a Monday night and then to see Michael Turner rip off big runs in Atlanta, that’s an attitude and a mindset they have to correct. The past two games, they have been manhandled inside. I see their defensive tackles getting knocked back six or seven yards from the line of scrimmage. Right now, when it comes to run fits, they’re not being accountable.’’

Faulk is right. But Joe is convinced the reason the Bucs all of a sudden are coughing up so many rushing yards is that tackles Jovan Haye and Chris Hovan have been hobbled or out of the game completely. Throw in the fact Derrick Brooks is hurt, it doesn’t take a Monte Kiffin to figure out that would hurt any defense.

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