Run Defense Off Life Support

December 26th, 2010


The Bucs didn’t turn Marshawn Lynch into a Pro Bowl running back, save for one long run. The gaping holes seen in previous weeks against juggernauts Detroit and Washington just weren’t there today in the 38-15 gashing of Seattle. And the Bucs even mixed in some stout goal line play in short yardage.

Big fella defensive tackle Frank Okam, in his second start since being freed from the practice squad, had six tackles, second on the Bucs today behind Geno Hayes’ eight.

Playing primarily in Gerald McCoy’s 3-technique, Okam told Joe the big difference out there today was “more focus.”

“We were pretty embarrassed about what we put on tape the last couple of weeks, so it was important for us to go out there and stop the run so we could do some things and get them in one dimension,” Okam said.

Joe will have more from the Okam later.

A few days ago Raheem Morris said he simply needed Al Woods and Okam, with his 350+ pound frame, to get better. Joe wants to believe they have.

7 Responses to “Run Defense Off Life Support”

  1. lcbucsfan Says:

    It makes me wonder with all these defensive tackles progressing, who the Bucs will keep next year when McCoy and Price come back.

  2. Gatorbuc15 Says:

    It’s about f-ing time the defense stopped the run. Okam really looked dominant out there today.

  3. Leroy Buttermilk Says:

    Price seemed to be quite nimble jumping around and singing the christmas carols on the Buccaneers website. I think there is some kind of conspiricy going on over there

  4. Mr. Lucky Says:

    First GMC explains his good game because he was listening to God. Then Okum explains his good game as better focus….

    For once I’d like these kids to be unpolitically correct and say the truth, ‘Seattle just sucks and we were better.’

  5. Apple Roof Cleaning Says:

    Okam was very very impressive today, think we found us another starter!

  6. Guest#27 Says:

    “Big fella defensive tackle Frank Okam, in his second start since being freed from the practice squad, had six tackles”

    This is extremely good news. This guy can be a run stuffer and a huge nose tackle we have not had in a long time. This is great. Keep bringing him along and then bring back McCoy and Price and Miller… forget about a DE need in the draft as an early pick. Go with a 4 man line with DT’s at LDE (Price), DT (McCoy) and NT (Okam) and an edge rusher at RDE. That would be sick.

  7. sunrisejeff Says:

    Here’s hoping that Ivory has to sit out again next week with that hammy strain. That kid gashed us last time.