Defensive Line Awakens

November 10th, 2009

Former Bucs defensive end Steve White will have much more on this later, but despite the play of rookie quarterback Josh Freeman and his three touchdowns, one could argue the main element in the Bucs win over the Packers was the awakening of the Bucs defensive line.

The Bucs registered six sacks Sunday, channeling the old days. Maybe Lee Roy Selmon was an inspiration? Cool cat Rick Brown of the Lakeland Ledger (aka “Backwards Hat”), who shames his sportswriting brethren with his stylish attire, wrote how it was the Bucs defensive line, not so much Freeman, that enabled the Bucs to record their first win of the season.

“It was very positive,” Morris said. “That’s the plan. That’s where you want to go and how you want to do it. We don’t have a dominant edge rusher or a dominant up-the-middle rusher. Those guys in tandem, however, are pretty good.”

Morris said he noticed the rush starting to get more active in the 35-7 loss to New England in London.

“They caused a couple of interceptions against a very good quarterback,” Morris said. “And it carried over to this game.”

Brown notes that the six sacks was the most the Bucs had in one game since the Bucs racked up seven in 2004 against the Saints.

The old saying about how it all begins in the trenches was very evident to Joe Sunday. Freeman had time to throw, the Bucs were doing OK with the run, and the defensive line hounded Aaron Rodgers in the second half.

That usually adds up to a solid game.

3 Responses to “Defensive Line Awakens”

  1. Louie Says:

    I can be put this way: The Bucs don’t get that win without solid play from both Freeman AND the DLine.

  2. oar Says:

    Don’t forget special teams! I think if the other Josh is in there the outcome would have been the same. While Freeman didn’t look bad his first start, he didn’t look great. One game does not make a career. I remember another Bucs rookie qb’s first start, that was very similiar 21 for 30, 225 yds, 2 tds, 0 ints. While Gradkowski did lose his first start, he didn’t get any defensive interceptions or kick returns to give him help either(ie: int for td’s and/or returns to inside the other teams 20).

  3. oar Says:

    Packers O-line is one of the worst!