Bucs Secondary Still Learning

December 20th, 2013

“Hawk” Goldson said the Bucs secondary is still progressing and learning to play as a group.

When Bucs rock star general manager Mark Dominik signed safety Dashon “Hawk” Goldson and traded for cornerback Darrelle Revis, the Bucs seemed magically transformed from the second-worst pass defense in NFL history to one of the best in the league.

That didn’t happen right away, in part because Revis wasn’t 100 percent coming off his knee injury. If you talk to Revis now, he will admit he’s still not 100 percent. But he’s pretty close.

Another reason the Bucs secondary needed time to establish itself, per Goldson, was three-fourths of the starting secondary was new, factoring in rookie Johnthan Banks.

“Early on, we were all trying to learn,” Goldson said. “It was rough. But I think as the year progressed, we started to mesh a little better; guys started understanding weaknesses and strengths and we started playing well. We got some hands on balls, we started communicating a lot better. We had some breakdowns, but I think that comes with [the] first year guys [are] together. I think next year will be a whole lot better, but right now we’ve still got two more games left. We’re focusing on this week with the Rams, [trying to] get communication down, try to get turnovers still and just keep building.”

Here’s the thing Joe is sure about: Yes, the secondary is playing better. Much better. But if Bucs commander Greg Schiano is back next year, that secondary better still be improving.

The Bucs and Schiano will need all the help they can get to obtain a winning record in 2014.

3 Responses to “Bucs Secondary Still Learning”

  1. BucsfaninChina Says:

    Schiano will be back. The development of rookies and raw players alone is gonna do the trick.

    We do, however, need one more playmaker at CB. Gorrer is a FA this offseason, Michael Adams is getting old and will be coming off a knee injury, and Leonard Johnson is Leonard Johnson. One bit of hope is Rashaan Melvin but he will be coming off IR next year as well, and Banks will get there, he just needs time. But damn! Just when you think this team is excelling at an area, the rug gets pulled out.

  2. Mike J Says:

    Coverage is better;generally middlin’ by current standards; opp. QB rating is 83.9 vs. a league avg of 85, & yds. passing per game similar, 234.9 compared to 238.9.Also 7.1 yds. per attempt as against 7.2 for the league. (What would we have given for this last year??) #2 in interceptions but 26 TD passes are too many.
    What this group needs to do is tackle better.

  3. Destin johnny Says:

    Still say we should have signed 3 free agent db then drafted Sheldon richRdson and with the 2pick gotten a Wr or te- Banks is to slow to be effective and revis was a shell of himself this year