Another Clamp-Down By The Run Defense

November 18th, 2012

It was obvious the Panthers came into this game looking to run the ball more than they usually do, and again the Bucs’ No. 1 ranked run defense stepped up.

Cam Newton was averaging 5.6 yards a carry before today. The Bucs held him to 40 yards on 11 carries.

Jonathan Stewart and DeAngelo Williams combined for just 61 yards on 22 carries.

It’s such a team effort on the Bucs’ run defense. The question is who isn’t making plays, versus who is.

Gary Gibson, Daniel Te’-O Nesheim, Roy Miller and Gerald McCoy were in the backfield, as was Ronde Barber on a savage run blitz, and the linebacker corps was punishing.

Thankfully, a handful of mistakes in the Bucs secondary — a particularly rough day for Mark Barron — weren’t exploited.

3 Responses to “Another Clamp-Down By The Run Defense”

  1. bucfanjeff Says:

    I don’t understand why Barron isn’t coached to look back at the damn ball in pass coverage.

  2. Pruritis Ani Says:

    I said it last week that this coaching staff has been exceptional at making adjustments at halftime. The defense completely shut down the run in the 2nd half.

  3. terry4505 Says:

    I was pretty upbeat during halftime hoping that we would see another one of those second-half adjustment weeks.