Schiano’s Defense: By The Numbers

November 12th, 2013

Yes, the Bucs’ defense, aka the Rutgers defense, belongs to Greg Schiano. Defensive coordinator Bill Sheridan made that clear when he was hired.

A huge question entering 2013 was whether Schiano’s defense would thrive in the NFL after a rough opening season.

If you look at the numbers, the defense is having success.

Points allowed per game – 23.2 (15th-ranked in the NFL)
Yards per game – 333 (14th)
Passing yards allowed per game – 237 (14th)
Rushing yards allowed per game – 95.8 (5th)

No, this is nothing to celebrate, especially with a garbage pass rush. But the Bucs are executing defensively better than most teams in the NFL. Again, that should be expected when you have legitimate superstars at each level of the defense — D-line, linebacker and secondary.

Greg Schiano must win a majority of his remaining schedule to save his job, Joe believes. But his final job-security assessment could include a more thorough study of production. If the Bucs finish with a top-10 defense, that could go a long way in the minds of Team Glazer.

17 Responses to “Schiano’s Defense: By The Numbers”

  1. LaughingStock II Says:

    Message to team Glazer:

    Look beyond the fog!

    1. Second half defensive game plan success (0-9).
    2. How many games where given away by the defensive plan. ie. D-line Stunts, zone coverage
    3. How many games where lost by offensive coaching decisions.

    *****Yesterday, the coaches stayed out of the way of our d-line by allowing them to execute without any stunts in their attack and we close out the game!!!!

  2. Mr. Patrick Says:

    Very happy that the Bucs got their first win and am very happy for the players. However, the coaching still stinks and will give away more wins

  3. K_bassuka Says:

    There should be no reason to keep this coaching staff, well unless we blow out the rest of the opponents. If we do this will be a mediocre team for years to come. It’s bad enough that we won the game when the coaches let the players play instead of following their gameplan…

    Chucky sounded like he is ready to come back and coach the Bucs… Dreams…

  4. Mr. Patrick Says:

    On National TV, fans from all over the country that aren’t familiar with the Bucs or haven’t seen them before wonder how a team with all of these good players that play hard can be winless. Well, I think we Bucs fans know the answer to that one

  5. bucsfan13 Says:

    yes and changing coaches every two years is a winning formula. Just look at the browns and the raiders!

  6. DomsAdvisor Says:

    I would love to see a couple more wins and the owners deciding to give Schiano one more year.

    That would be a big slap in the face of the a-hole Buc fans of the world.

  7. DomsAdvisor Says:

    The Bucs are improving. Lets see them finish strong. Glennon is calling audibles at the line like Peyton Manning. Smart, smart QB. Much smarter than Freeman.

    I am liking this Bucs team more and more.

    Besides… Glennon is a red head… the Glazers are red heads… there is your bias. 🙂

  8. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    I need to see more of what I saw last night….a game full of mistakes….and still a win.
    We had an interception… sacks until the last series, an awful punt, allowed a huge punt return, senseless penalties…..but we actually mounted a late drive to regain the lead and held it.
    If the Bucs can win against Atl, Buffalo, St. Louis and perhaps have a surprising win against SF at home…Schiano could keep his job. I think he has been somewhat humbled by the losing and he still has the players.
    I think the Glazers are very, very reluctant to make wholesale changes but they will need to see a turnaround.

  9. Buc Neckid Says:

    This team is RIPE for a Coaching change
    Look at the “Talent” on this team
    High Draft Choice
    Youngry Defense
    8 (?) ProBowlers
    i am surprised that Chucky did not come out and say he wanted the opportunity to come down and coach this team.

  10. LaughingStock II Says:

    Really? One more year with Schiano??? Are you related?????

    And let me guess you would like for Schiano to hire more assistant coaches and ex-Rutgers players….


  11. BirdDoggers Says:

    The play calling is questionable at times and I’m not convinced the players are always put in the best position to succeed. The defense has talent, but I would be interested to see how good they could be with a pass rush.

  12. BuccaneerBonzai Says:

    Joe, I think there is a chance the Glazers keep Schiano at least one more year regardless of the record.

  13. RachelWatson'sthong Says:

    The national media hates Schiano. I hate the national media and their agenda driven crud. Therefore, I hope we keep Schiano at least another year.

  14. Bucfan#37 Says:

    I agree, keep Schiano even if the one win is all they get.

  15. Jbeachbuc Says:

    We must ditch Sheridan regardless.

  16. Jbeachbuc Says:

    Let’s hire Del Rio as HC.

  17. Johnny Dejay Says:

    I would argue that Schiano’s defense DOES NOT work well in the NFL.

    Last year, the Bucs were WORST in pass defense and ALMOST set the all-time record for most passing yards allowed. That is not successful by any interpretation. Granted, the rush defense was highly rated, but that could be attributed to teams not needing to run the ball because they could move the ball at will through the air.

    This year, the Bucs are mediocre in both pass defense and rush defense, despite having PREMIER talent on defense. The defensive line is loaded with high draft picks, the linebacking corps has two studs in David and Foster, and the secondary is stacked with Pro Bowlers and high draft picks. With this level of talent, the Bucs should be Top-5 in all statistical categories and they should NEVER give up more than 21 points a game. This unit has coughed up more than 21 points in 5 of 9 games (56%).

    The most telling tale of why Schiano’s defense does not work in the NFL is that it can’t stop the other team from coming back and winning the game in the 4th quarter (except for the woefully undermanned Dolphins.) That rarely happened under Kiffin’s defense.