Chess Match: Schiano Vs. Brees

September 11th, 2013

Joe and WDAE-AM 620 personality Ronnie Lane are going to bring a weekly podcast to readers this season. The first will appear on these here pages later this week. But in the podcast, Joe honestly does not predict doom and gloom for the Bucs against Drew Brees.

Readers will have to listen to the podcast for the details, but readers won’t have to read the words of Ady Benoit. The noted NFL analyst whose duties include working for Peter King’s, believes Bucs commander Greg Schiano got enough of a taste of works and, more importantly, what doesn’t work against Brees. With the additions to defensive personnel in the offseason, what defense Schiano employs Sunday will be a window to the 2013 season, Benoit believes.

Saints @ Bucs

When rookie coach Greg Schiano faced the Saints for the first time last year in Week 7, the Bucs played a lot of seven- and eight-man zone coverages. Schiano learned that’s not a great approach against this offense because it allows Drew Brees more than enough time to work through his progressions (which is exactly what the seven-time Pro Bowler does best). When the teams met again in Week 15, the Bucs changed up their defensive looks, switching between man-free and Cover 2. But injuries had depleted their secondary and pass rush, leaving them unequipped to match up against New Orleans’s aerial weapons. With both teams at full strength this weekend, Tampa Bay’s approach could say a lot about what kind of defense Schiano plans on employing in 2013.

Very few things, sadly for the Bucs, work against Brees. This is why the guy already has a bust waiting for him in Canton.

It really comes down to putting Brees on the ground. Running stunts taking your best defensive lineman out of the play isn’t going to cut it this week. Brees is not Geno Smith.

19 Responses to “Chess Match: Schiano Vs. Brees”

  1. Kalind Says:

    Preach, Joe. When has regularly stunting ever worked?

  2. Buc1987 Says:

    Roll call :Who’s going to this weeks game?

  3. RBellBuc Says:

    Wish I could 1987, but I will be at the Seattle game and the Rams game.

  4. Warrenfb12 Says:

    Stats are all one has to hang their hat on when one is 0-2.

  5. Adam Says:

    This isnt a chess match. This is a chess match against someone who doesn’t know how to play chess.

  6. Chef Paul Says:

    “Running stunts taking your best defensive lineman out of the play isn’t going to cut it this week.”

    Well we might as well plan on not cutting it this week then.

    Sorry 1987, I wont, but I will be at the Pats game next week. Should I bring a banner? Hell yes!!

  7. Touchdown Gus Says:

    @Adam “This isnt a chess match. This is a chess match against someone who doesn’t know how to play chess.” Lmao so true. I honestly have little faith we win this game. Ill cheer on anyway but I’m already prepared for the worse

  8. Couch Fan Says:

    We will need more than 17 points this week. Will the O show up to help out our D?

  9. Biff Barker Says:

    The Bucs may have stunted more last week as they game planned to stop the Jets run game. Odds were Ivorys legs were better than Geno’s arm.
    As far as putting Bree’s on the ground, welcome back to 2008.

  10. RBellBuc Says:

    Wow, I would never go into a game telling myself we are going to lose. I’m not defeated before I’m defeated. That’s pathetic

  11. The_Buc_Realist Says:

    I wish the Bucs would let Glennon show up. But I guess we have to wait for after the Bye-week.

  12. Biff Barker Says:

    Couch, the Saints are now Running Rob Ryan’s 3-4.
    History has shown we/Free don’t stack up well against disguised rush schemes.
    Also consider as crappy as the Saints D was predicted to be, it was good enough to beat the Falcons last week.
    Glad I could cheer you up a bit.

  13. Buc1987 Says:

    Sorry 1987, I wont, but I will be at the Pats game next week. Should I bring a banner? Hell yes!!

    ha ha ha ha. I never bring banners. It was really only a 1 time thing. Although I am making one up for Sapp’s jersey retirement game. That’s the only other banner I’m making.

    I will however have 2 poster boards for this weeks game. One will read The Bucs Need YOU! Which I will be holding up. The other will say Be Loud Today! Which the wife will hold up. I’m going to stand by the escalators about a 1/2 hr before kickoff and hold them up to the fans.

  14. Couch Fan Says:

    If thats the case, im sure we will discuss every other reason why we lost rather than the actual one.

  15. Apple Roof Cleaning Tampa Says:

    LOL, Brees will kill us, if we do not get any pressure on him.
    I hope we go all out blitz, and rely on Revis and Banks, to get the receivers covered.
    If we give Brees any time, we lose, simple as that!

  16. Sneedy16 Says:

    I’m looking at Revis to get a pick or two, because Brees does not care who the CB is he is going to throw it. Marques Colston will get jammed up a bit and will get shut down by Revis, but he will get a catch or two.

    You will probably see the same as last week with Leonard Johnson getting beat for a few third downs by Lance Moore.

    Jimmy Graham will always get his catches we just have to be able to tackle him, and manhandle him coming off the line.

    I’m not worried about the run defense, they don’t even try to run against us. Here’s hoping for a good pass rush.

  17. stevek Says:

    What can we do to get a win?

    Can the coach stop taste testing pasta, temperature of the locker room, and make sure our equipment WORKS.

    Freeman, go stop by Greg’s office and go over audibles. Please. I can’t stand watching a QB not know a play to call.

    Can we beat the Saints? Yes. Will we beat the Saints? I don’t know?

    How is this team going to respond?

    Mike Williams 19, you told us to ask you about the regular season looking like the preseason?

    What does it take to get these guys ready to play?

    Duemigg is busting on the Rays, lack of agression, and calling it “pitiful”… What gives, why can’t Duemigg ask about Freeman’s intensity level?

    Josh comes across as emotionless out there, he looks lost.


  18. Chef Paul Says:

    What I think is the way to beat this team is for Josh to throw for over 350 yards. In order for that, 3 things need to happen. Schiano needs to take the reigns off Josh. Sully needs to trust Josh. And Josh needs to execute. I know the bashers will say something about how there’s no reason too trust Josh. But they have no choice. Not trusting Josh will undoubtedly end up with a loss. But just trusting him this week is at least a 50/50 chance to come out with a win. Again just my opinion.

  19. Couch Fan Says:

    I agree with you. Whether they trust him or not they need to unleash him or theres no way we beat the Saints.