No Excuses For The Bucs Defense

December 8th, 2013

mason fosterThe Bucs will accomplish a rare feat when their defense takes the field this afternoon against Buffalo. Every opening-day starter will be healthy and ready to roll.

How often does that happen in Week 14 of a season?

Remember when the Bucs opened the year playing nasty, physical, swarming defense against the Jets, Saints and Cardinals?

Joe sure does, but Joe hasn’t seen that unit in a while. And now Darrelle Revis is healthier. Presumably, Adrian Clayborn is, too. And rookies Johnthan Banks and Akeem Spence are starting with experience under their belts. Mark Barron is allegedly developing as a premium draft pick. Dashon Goldson now knows the defense, despite the occasional bout of “disturbing” communication. Mason Foster got a week off two weeks ago for head injury precaution, so his legs should be fresh. Plus, DaQuan Bowers should be brimming with confidence with his half-sack on the stats sheet.

This is Greg Schiano’s defense. It’s healthy. It’s at home. It’s got a typical rookie quarterback on the other side of the line of scrimmage today. Joe wants to see dominance.

Dammit, the Bucs have proven, elite talent at every level of the defense. Once upon a time, when a rookie quarterback with an average offense came to Tampa, the Bucs pounced like wild lions and tore the guy to shreds.

That should happen today. It likely has to happen for the Bucs to win.

18 Responses to “No Excuses For The Bucs Defense”

  1. Awaiting moderation Says:

    Time to feast on some buffalo Go Bucs!

  2. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    It is incredible to have all the starters healthy….we should do well today!!! Go Bucs!!!

  3. Laughing Stock II Says:

    Aggressive coaching will be the key. That gave us 3 wins. We didn’t have that vs. the jets, cardinals & saints. Lets see if the ship shoots those cannons in the second half & specially in the 4 quarter.

    Go Bucs!!!

  4. BigMacAttack Says:

    I think using the word healthy may be a bit of a stretch. Playing yes, but I think a number of them are less than full tilt.

  5. Bucfan#37 Says:

    In past meetings between the Bucs and Bills, this is a game Bucs fans always thought they would win. With the healthy home defense, we will get the 4th win today vs the BB’s.

  6. BucfaninMi Says:

    Rookie QBs usually torch us!!

  7. Walter Says:

    I want to see McCoy completely dominate the line again today, and not just sacks, I wanna see him disrupting and re-directing runs, getting consistent pressure up the middle, tackles for losses, maybe a forced fumble. I know, sounds like a lot to ask for but McCoy has the ability, time to show up for your coach. That goes for all of the defense, this is a game we should win.

  8. BucNasty!!! Says:

    Laughing stock said it best…..but for some reason I see the bills dominating our o line. The bills are leading the league n sacks an Glennon take at least a extra sack or two on purpose a game just to keep his completion percentage up lmao.

  9. BucNasty!!! Says:

    The the over or under on how many sacks we take today?? I said they hit us for 5

  10. Awaiting moderation Says:

    We should stop the running game today making Manuel one dimensional.
    The key is if we can run it @ all and how glennon handles the pressure by not turning it over.

  11. Bucs or Gtfo Says:

    @Bucnasty that’s the biggest reason I see the Bucs losing today. Getting dominated by their D-line like we did the past couple of weeks. If the Bucs D can stop the run D, get off the field on third down & disrupt quick timing routes that the Bills like to run, we have a chance. We also have to be ready for screens & the RB’s being used as a threat in the pass game. This is gonna be a defensive battle & whoever makes the least mistakes wins.

  12. dubblez83 Says:

    If we don’t stunt and just pin our ears back and get after the qb, we will win. If we come out today looking like we are competing on dancing with the stars, its gonna be a long day IMO.

  13. Laughing Stock II Says:

    Time for Glennon to carve some Buffalo BBQ. Short passes should keep the Buffalo D-Line in check. Rainey will keep pounding the ball for 76 yards. Owusu for game winning TD.

    The heat & V-Jack will help our offense.

    If coaches let the players perform aggressively, I’m hoping for:

    TB 13
    BB 7

    Go Bucs!!!!

  14. Awaiting moderation Says:

    Is Vjax a game time decision?

  15. bucemup Says:

    If V-Jax can’t go. It really won’t matter what the defence does. Buff D vs Rainey,Underwood,Page….Phhhhh please

  16. Mr. Patrick Says:

    “Let’s all go save our jobs by beating horrible teams!”

  17. blackmagic00 Says:

    I could go for a buffalo burger about now.

  18. Beeric Says:

    If they don’t feast on Buffalo today it’s time to grill up a coach.