Stopping The Bucs, LeGarrette Blount

November 9th, 2010
Falcons cornerback Thomas DeCoud gave Bucs running back LeGarrette Blount fits all day.

Falcons CB Thomas DeCoud gave Bucs running back LeGarrette Blount fits all day.

The Bucs found their first bruising running back since Mike Alstott, so Bucs fans had hoped.

LeGarrette Blount was going to run over the Dixie Chicks Sunday for a mere few inches to give the Bucs a first down deep in Dixie Chicks territory and perhaps a go-ahead touchdown.

But no! (Comparably) tiny Thomas DeCoud, Dixie Chicks cornerback, blasted through Bucs blockers and stuffed Blount and the Bucs comeback bid.

How could this be, a smallish cornerback dropping a brutish, bruising running back? DeCoud explained to D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution how he brought Blount, and the Bucs, down.

“We knew it was going to come down to the fourth quarter,” DeCoud said. “It was a chance for us to show up and make a play.”

Blount is a 6-foot, 247-pound battering ram of a back. DeCoud is 55 pounds lighter.

“Just not slowing down,” DeCoud said of his crucial stop. “I couldn’t go into the tackle with any kind of hesitation or fear. . . He’s a big guy, and he was not going to be able to move as well. If you come in with force and with confidence, you are going to make the tackle.”

Joe gets depressed just thinking of that stop. Damn.

It’s losses like this that often haunt teams late in December.

9 Responses to “Stopping The Bucs, LeGarrette Blount”

  1. Gary Says:

    Live it up Decoud… live it up. Just thinking about that lucky garbage makes me mad all over again, not to mention his little bow after the tackle.

    Come in with confidence the next time we play and lets see how Blount does.

  2. bucfanjeff Says:

    If Blount hits the ‘A’ gap, we’re not talking about this, or if the ref spots it right, or if the headset works which allows us a timeout to challenge the spot, or the spot on the pass interefence…sorry, didn’t mean to ramble.
    They have to come to our house, I hope as much is on the line then too…

  3. jesse j Says:

    “It’s losses like this that often haunt teams late in December.”

    -give me a break…

  4. McCaddy Says:

    Lowest guy wins…not heaviest…Decoud got lower than the bigger Blount and stopped him in his tracks…That’s what happens when you don’t get your pads down.

  5. Anthony Says:

    Watchin MNF last night and seeing peko absolutly blow up polamalu made me sick f-in roy miller

  6. derf Says:

    At risk of getting FLAMED I’m gonna say that getting beat in Atlanta was just what the Dr. ordered.


    If the Bucs had won (which they almost did) it would have disguised several deficiencies that we have on defense and the offense sputtering at times.

    Yes having Spurlock make a fantastic runback for 6 points on a kickoff is great but we can’t rely on that week in and week out.

    This game confirms what most of us know, deep down in our hearts:

    The Bucs are an upcoming AVERAGE team.

    This team isn’t the same as last year’s dismal 3-13 team.

    This team isn’t the 1997 Dungy team either.

    We’ve got a foundation – which quite frankly I didn’t think we had last year – from which to build upon. Let’s not get ahead of ourselves and start thinking playoffs……..well maybe wildcard 😉

  7. JDouble Says:

    I think the game showed that week 13, when Atlanta comes to TAmpa Bay, is definetly a winnable game for us now.

    It also gave me confidence that we can win the Panthers, 49ers, Seahawks, and lions games. Not gauranteed by any means, but after seeing us come with in inches of winning this last Sunday despite some bad calls and despite Freeman having a bad day…those are four games we SHOULD win.

    That would make us 9-3 with a real chance of making the playoffs as a wildcard team, especially with the NFC being so weak this year.

    I also think it’s very possible that we could win one or two games between the Falcons, Redskins, Saints, and Ravens. I’ve said 8-8 since the draft, but I am beginning to think that even with our horrible defense we could end up gettin g 9 or 10 wins.

  8. derf Says:


    Don’t discount the 49ers or the Lions – ESPECIALLY the Lions.

  9. derf Says:

    I just hope the Ravens stomp the living snot out of the Falcons Thursday night! That way the TV people can say the Bucs beat them up so they didn’t have time to get ready! 🙂