Stylez Loving The Return To A One-Gap Defense

December 3rd, 2009

Weeknights at 6 p.m on 620 WDAE-AM, the Buccaneers Radio Network rolls out a different player to interview and chat with fans.

It’s not always the most gripping conversation, but last night co-hosts Dave Moore and Scott Ledger sat down with defensive end Stylez G. White, which always makes for a good time.

White, Antonio Bryant and Jeff Faine are among the best interviews on the Bucs roster.

White talked about the relief of moving back to a one-gap scheme on the D-Line away from Jim Bates’ two-gap defense.

“It was hard, with all due respect to Coach Bates and all, it was hard to figure out what [his defense] was, cause we  re-in and the linebackers were not sure where they fit it …It was tough in there in the transition,” White said. “In the Tampa 2 … you’re in that gap or you’re not in that gap. You can’t BS and say, oh blah, blah, blah. No. You’re in or your gap or you’re not.”

Dave Moore said former Bucs defensive line coach Rod Marinelli once used the famous Jack Nicholson-in-The Shining picture above to explain to his unit how to bust through their single gaps.

White likened his pass rushing methods “when you’re not a big bull rush guy” like he is, to “playing chess,” detailing how he plays a game of getting offensive tackles off balance in order to bust out an effective move.

You can catch the audio here.

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