Tale Of Two Defenses In One

November 5th, 2012

It’s one of the more bizarre stats you’ll see; the Bucs have the NFL’s best run defense (77.2 yards allowed per game) and the league’s worst pass defense (321.1 yards per game).

Now Raheem Morris says stats are for losers, but Greg Schiano is a big numbers cruncher and this data is not dismissed by the head coach.

Today before local media, Schiano repeated that his pass defense is getting closer to making more plays, working every week, and it’s evident on film that the Bucs are just a few inches away from a better defense. Call it “a shoe,” if you will.

Will the Bucs make up those inches? Well, Joe’s hardly confident there will be loads of improvement in the secondary, especially if Eric Wright is suspended four games for Adderrall use. However, Joe does expect at least a little improvement from the remaining cornerbacks (hopefully not Myron Lewis), and a little more life to the pass rush as Da’Quan Bowers gets to full strength.

A pass rush is and always will be a secondary’s best friend. And just the slightest uptick from the D-line would make a huge impact on the Bucs’ playoff hopes.

8 Responses to “Tale Of Two Defenses In One”

  1. lightningbuc Says:

    Yeah, and a few more inches for me and I’d have more than John Holmes!

  2. Tylund Says:

    We have a decent pass rush. On the ahmad black interception carson palmer had defender right on him which caused the play.

  3. Orlando bucs fan Says:

    Part of the problem is the bucs got so ahead so quickly in thesecond half the raiders after losing McFadden stopped running which made them pass more often Palmer threw 61 times that’s an insane number of throws. Yes he was able to pretty much throw it around in the fourth but overall we allowed 6.8 yds per attempt so it’s not the dominating bucs defense from the early 2000 but we are getting better.
    The bucs rush defense I really the is legite and is unbelievebaly better than last year. I know we play the chargers next then carolina but it will be interesting to see how many carries Michael turner gets compared to how much they just decide to put it in Matt Ryan’s hands. I really can’t stand the falcons hope they win the next two games to be ridding high and cocky when they get to play the bucs.
    Go Bucs!!!!!

  4. Sneedy16 Says:

    Against the Chargers the Bucs have a chance for another win if they can get a little pressure on Rivers. He tends to throw it up or force the pass when he is pressure which leads to his high interception total. I can see Rivers throwing for 350 and 3 ints in a lose to the Bucs.

  5. Dano Says:

    The pass rush Really needs to get better to help the secondary. 0 sacks in
    2nd half & that’s when Palmer started going off. Hopefully Bowers keeps
    getting better & McCoy starts getting pressures up the gut. The run D
    has been awesome but the pass rush is the key to help the secondary out.

  6. Miguel El Magnifico Says:

    I think John Lynch attributed Ahmad Black’s interception to a GMC pressure.

  7. FLBoyInDallas Says:

    The issue with consistent pressure isn’t with the entire d-line. It’s actually a problem with the RDE position. If we can get someone to step up at RDE, whether Bowers or Morgan or some combination thereof, you’ll see less doubling of McCoy and less chipping/doubling of Bennett too. That will open it up for more consistently effective pressure. It seems we’re getting Bowers back just in time because this has become a big need. George Johnson didn’t get released for nothing.

  8. Mike J Says:

    I think the Bucs should start keeping both safeties back & see what they can do stopping the run with 7; the LBs are flowing well & the tackling has been crisp for the most part. It doesn’t do a defense any good to shut down the running game if the opponent is going to kill you passing.Give the corners some help over the top.