Bucs Have Become An Interception Machine

October 12th, 2010
Aqib Talib has been terrorizing quarterbacks this season.

Aqib Talib has been terrorizing quarterbacks this season

It comes as no surprise to Joe that the Bucs are picking passes off more than Wade Phillips picks his nose at a red light.

The Bucs were expected to have a strong defensive backfield and it seems even without Tanard Jackson, the Bucs’ secondary has a nose for the ball.

Good guy Stephen Holder, of the St. Petersburg Times, has evidence of that premise. The Bucs are intercepting opposing quarterbacks so frequently they are on pace for a franchise mark.

Bucs are on pace for 36 INTs… Team record is 32 in 1981. They’ve got 9 in 4 games, tied for second in NFL.

This is cool to read. Will the Bucs set a new team record? Who knows, maybe they can’t keep up this pace? But the Bucs’ secondary seems to be serving notice to the NFL not to test it.

10 Responses to “Bucs Have Become An Interception Machine”

  1. Gary Says:

    Good, we have the pieces in place to make a team 1 dimensional. Now we just have to step up and stop the run when we do that.

    I would be very surprised if the saints can run on us like Benson did, so our secondary will get tested this sunday for sure.

  2. Capt.Tim Says:

    Interesting! The Bucs plan on the first four games has been to take away the passing game, and make them beat us with the run. Probably a tribute to our new DT’s! The teams we’ve played have done the exact opposite to us, taking away the run, daring Josh,Mike, Arrelious, etc to beat them! Hope it continues, a’s Josh has proven 3 times that he can!

  3. TJ Says:

    gotta say I was really blowing away impresssed with Biggers he was on 85 mostly all day 3 catches 21 yards

  4. Mr. Lucky Says:

    Shhhhhh…. Don’t tell this to the other NFL teams because ifyou do they’ll start running on the Bucs and we know how THAT is gonna turn out!

  5. JDouble Says:

    What is amazing about it is we had no Talib in week one, and only had Tanard for the first two weeks. Grimm and Biggers are coming up big for us. Imagine if we actually had a pass rush that was causing hurried and off target throws?

    I think the high interception mark is directly related to having almost no sacks actually. We spend all day in the 3-3-5 which produces the picks, but no pass rush. The picks are nice, but I’d like to see more 4-3 and inturn see more hits on the QB.

  6. bucfanlostiniowa Says:

    Too bad we aren’t playing the vikings this year, that would push the interception total up!

  7. OAR Says:

    If we didn’t have as many int’s as we do, I’d be worried! Especially, after playing Delhomme(int hero), Seneca, Moore, Clausen, Batch and Palmer(who, since his knee injury awhile back, hasn’t played the same. He missed wide open receivers Sunday). BTW did we even touch or hurry Palmer Sunday?

  8. booty trap Says:

    I have been happily surprised by our secondary as well. We need to take better care of the ball on our side though.

  9. Steve From Oregon Says:

    I’m with you JDouble….watching our games, our secondary is picking off pass in spit of our lack of pass rush….could you imagine if we were knocking QBs down with consistancy.

    On a brighter note, I think in terms of our Dline, it can only get better….I can’t see the pass rush getting worse.

  10. Dave Says:

    Three things:

    1. Talib can get picks no matter what is being played, he is goooood.

    2. The rest of the credit goes to RAHEEM teaching that secondary about positioning and scheme.

    3. At some point within the next year or two when there is a pass rush to go with the secondary… LOOK OUT!