Cody Grimm Has Solved Bucs’ Rush Defense

November 23rd, 2010

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There are many things Joe enjoys about listening to his good friend Justin Pawlowski of WDAE-AM 620, many of which is his interesting if not unique perspective on the Bucs.

In his weekly “What I Learned About The Bucs,” Pawlowski — like Joe, shocked at how the Bucs held Frank Gore to a mere 23 yards — believes the secret weapon to the Bucs new-found rush defense is rookie safety Cody Grimm.

I learned that Cody Grimm might be the answer to the Bucs run defense woes. Although it takes away from the pass defense, having Grimm as the 8th man in the box completely shut down the 49ers rushing attack. Grimm is one of the best tackling safeties the Bucs have had in a long time. At the beginning of the year, the Bucs couldn’t run the ball on offense or stop the run on defense. Hopefully, Sunday was the first step on defense. Good luck against Ray Rice, Willis McGahee, and the Ravens.

Joe knows Grimm made sticks in the win at San Francisco that would have made Dick Butkus stand on his crippled knees and applaud. The dude was a heat-seeking missile out there against the run.

Joe wrote this before and will write it again: The gameplan Raheem Morris came up with Sunday was one of the best Joe has ever seen since he started following the Bucs in the John McKay days.

20 Responses to “Cody Grimm Has Solved Bucs’ Rush Defense”

  1. Ian Says:

    That kid has been such a welcome surprise. I know everyone is hesitant to compare him to the old #47, but Grimm is sure making his case.
    But, you know, if I had just watched my father inducted into the NFL HOF, I think it would make me want to work a little harder than everyone else too.

  2. Leroy Buttermilk Says:

    We have the chance to eat a whole lot of bird the next couple of weeks overdone raven discochicken and Turkey Thursday. I hope we don’t eat any crow

  3. KJ Says:

    I hope all the Sabby apologists read that twice. This is the reason why I laughed at the people who wanted to put freaking Sabby back in the lineup after Tanard was suspended. I certainly didn’t think Grimm was going to play this well, but you give the guys you draft a shot and see what they can bring to the table. Grimm has been fantastic.

  4. sunrisejeff Says:

    No crow will be eaten imo. In a season most thought we would finish with 5 wins we have already passed most expectations. Everything from here out is just cool whip on the pumpkin pie! 🙂

  5. Hire Greg Olson! Says:

    I have no idea how Grimm gets on the field and plays at the level he does. He is a tough SOB.

  6. Travis Says:

    If Tanard gets his SH*t together him and Cody are going to be a great safety combo next year. If Tanard decides he is just going to go to Africa and smoke his ganja more, then time to look in the draft next year for our safety of the future.

  7. aldo Says:

    iwas thinking, sean jones maybe not be the solution in future, sabby is done and he will be out, TJax is garbage, that MoFo needs to be out!!!, my point is, take a FS in the draft AND move cody to SS, guys like UCLA moore makes tons of sense to that move for us…. im just sayin

  8. gitarlvr Says:

    Grimm’s been in the lineup for most of the season and the run defense has still sucked so its not like he singlehandedly was the answer yesterday. Grimm is awesome but where is the credit for Adam Hayward, Dekoda Watson, Al Woods, Alex Magee, who have all improved the defense since getting on the field? How about Roy Miller stepping up big time? I’d say Roy Miller was the biggest reason for the improvement as he might have been the biggest culprit in the run D’s problems up until now.

  9. McBuc Says:

    Gitar…good point.

  10. Jiminy Chritmas Says:

    The line improved the run D drastically not Grimm. Gentlemen that defense we put out there sunday is what a coach Rah defense will look like with a defensive line that produces.

  11. gatorsfan Says:

    Tjax is a probowl type safety so why let him go? i compare tjax situation to the situation miami had with ricky williams and look how that turned out, he was able to contribute so dont waste a pick on a fs when we have one already

  12. TrueBlue Says:

    I agree about Roy Miller. Don’t know what his stats were, but he was extremely disruptive to the 49er offense. The dude was was a terror.

  13. Leighroy Says:

    Cody Grimm was a lacrosse player for all of highschool and then walked on at virginia tech. Those coaches deserve some credit for teaching a guy like him to bring hats. I just think its remarkable that a guy can go from a sport like that to football, and be able to bring a violence to the NFL in such a relatively short span of time

  14. McBuc Says:

    Lacrosse can be pretty violent as well.

  15. lakeland bob Says:

    Don’t forget that GMC had a breakout game and is coming on strong.

  16. Max Says:

    He’s a small linebacker

  17. Jonny Says:

    He is going to be the next John Lynch. Oh, yeah, I f***ing said that. GEEAAHHH!!!

  18. KJ Says:

    Because the 5 year veteran sucks.

  19. The White Tiger Says:

    OK…I mean no disrespect…but how much of a “genious” does one have to be to stop a one dimensional RUNNING team? You move folks in and out of the box…you dare Troy Smith (he of the limited arm strength) to throw the ball to recievers covered by one of the CB’s that competes for the most INT’s in the NFL…!

    I love that we had the opportunity to play a one=dimensional team…but can anyone else see this?

    Now, if these same Bucs pitch a shut-out against Joe Flacco/Willis Magahee/Ray Rice/Anquan Boldin….I’ll completely re-evaluate my position.

    We have not beaten a SINGLE team with a winning record. Until we do, I remain dubious that we can.

  20. Pete 422 Says:

    I like the idea of eventually moving Grimm to SS once we have a FS we can rely on. I’ll put Grimm in the box against the Ravens if we can stop the run like we did Sunday. Give Joe Flacco some shots down the field. Flacco is a game manager, not a game breaker. I’ll take some completions down the field if it means no run game. I’d also like to see Flacco throw into our secondary, maybe get a few INTs and a pick 6. Troy Smith isn’t Joe Flacco, but Flacco isn’t Dan Marino either.

    Stuff the run, we beat the Ravens.