“We Know This Defense”

October 13th, 2014

Akeem Spence explains the Meltdown on Dale Mabry Highway yesterday in great detail.

Bucs fans will want to listen to this audio of Joe interviewing Bucs defensive tackle Akeem Spence in the Tampa Bay locker room after the game yesterday. You can just feel the frustration oozing out of him.

Spence, in a very candid interview — which Joe greatly appreciates — explained how the Bucs were not prepared for Crows quarterback Joe Flacco’s three-step drop, that the defensive line was helpless as a result, and that the Bucs actually know Lovie Smith’s precious defense.

To hear Spence talk, while the Bucs defenders know the defense, they don’t yet know every other player’s assignment, which is critical. Do yourself a favor and click below, audio player courtesy of Joe’s friends at WDAE-AM 620.

24 Responses to ““We Know This Defense””

  1. billy buckaroo Says:

    3 and out and give it to the defense
    3 and out and give it to the defense
    3 and out and give it to the defense
    3 and out and give it to the defense
    etc etc etc
    pretty hard to get fired up for that

  2. Brent Says:

    Akeem your a breath of fresh air

  3. BucDan Says:

    This is baloney to me because they were prepared for Drew Brees’ quick release given the evidence of more press zone and man and mixed coverage.

    Play calling and adjustments on both sides of the ball were utterly horrendous.

    I will always root for the team to win, but blowout losses in professional sports are just atrocious and should not happen on the regular for a modern franchise.

  4. OB Says:


    If everyone is where they are supposed to be, why be concerned where anyone else is?

    Something is rotten in Demar, Tampa.

  5. BucDan Says:

    I’ll also add that the LBs really need to figure their zones out. Get to your drops and handle business.

    Cut off the slants and TE seams. The defense is designed to allow for the offense to make a mistake in the passing game. This leads me to the next major upgrade which is a monster coming off of the edge. Who is in our scouting department? There are no name players coming in on other teams wreaking havoc on opposing QBs. Why are we not finding these guys? I’m also sure I have plenty of backers that are pissed while watching Aqib and Bennett continue to make plays on other teams’ defenses.

  6. DB55 Says:

    I have to admit I love lovely smith bc he’s just awesome. A true leader is able to identify a problem and come up with a solution. Today, as many have requested lovely took a major step of fixing the problem by getting rid of personnel. Congrats lovely, it was a very tough decision but that what great men do, make tough decisions.

    Today gents lovely has release Jeff demps from the roster, so we will be good to go from here on out. No more 40 burgers.

  7. Mr. Mudge Says:

    The headline quote is a little misleading. It’s hardly misleading in any respect. –Joe The response Spence gave was more like “we know it, but we don’t really know it well enough”… Of course, that’s a less provocative headline.

  8. Mr. Mudge Says:

    [People who suggest Joe is lying get banned around here. Guess you learned the hard way, huh “Orca?” — Joe]

  9. BucBob1 Says:

    The problem is Leslie Fraser. It’s not the scheme. If we were able to acquire Rod Marinelli in the off season things would be a whole lot different. We know that Dallas beat the Seahawks with that same scheme, yesterday.

  10. Joe Says:

    The problem is Leslie Fraser. It’s not the scheme.

    Trust Joe: Leslie Frazier is not doing one thing that Lovie doesn’t sign off on.

  11. BUC4LIFE79 Says:

    Leslie Fraizer knows and has proven in his years in Minnesota as a DC, that he knows how to coach and gameplan aside from having the knowledge aquired from being a player….BESIDES, WHAT JOE SAID^^^ is the bottomline..Lovie to me actually comes off with a more controlling feel at times than Schiano ever put forward. You can believe EVERYTHING aboout the D gets his prior approval.

  12. drdneast Says:

    Yes, Leslie is Lovie’s hand picked man. But Leslie is also required and it is his sole responsibility to make in game real time adjustments. Once the bullets start flying commanders usually let their Captain’s make the real time field decisions while they make the overall decisions as far as penalties, timeouts, field goal or go for it.
    Do you guys ever even watch a football game on TV?

  13. @eric Says:

    Leslie Fraizer is a joke, horrible head coach and worse DC……this defense could’ve adjusted, it’s the same as Kiffen had and usually when Bucs got burned early Kiffen made the adjustments accordingly, not this wait and see if it gets better as we go….BS

  14. Buc1987 Says:

    Same goes for players too as it does for Lovie. Actions speak louder than words and I’m TIRED of the talk.

    No I did NOT click on the audio as I don’t believe a damn thing ANYONE says out of One Buc Place right now. YOU shouldn’t believe either. Yet some of you are STILL sipping the Kool-Aid judging by a few comments.

  15. BK Says:

    Actually, Rod Marinelli was Lovie’s first choice but couldnt pry him from Dallas.

    This team is a mess. We could have less than 4 wins this year.

  16. pick6 Says:

    rod marinelli’s crew is in year 2 of that system, last year they were one of the easiest teams in the NFL to pass on. if there’s anything to draw hope from, it’s that. still, i expect a defensively heavy draft – we’d better hope glennon erases any doubt that he can be the future of the franchise, because that frees us up to pursue the best available pass rusher we can find.

  17. pick6 Says:

    with our likely top 5 pick

  18. Louis Friend Says:

    Which way are we going to draft? For Oline or Dline? We only have 3 of the first 150 or so picks so they’d better be good – and be on the field quickly. That’s a lot to expect from rookies. No quick fixes are on the way in 2015. We are mostly stuck with what we have for a while

  19. P'cola Buc Says:

    Picking players doesn’t seem to be Lovie’s “specialty”. Proven by his free agent picks alone. Get a specialist on staff who can guide L&L in the right direction in their choices both in the upcoming draft and in free agency.

  20. Teacher Says:

    Frazer is DC in name only. Lovey picked him to be a front man and take the bullets when things went wrong. Yes, just like now. Lovey, soft spoken, stubborn, stagnant and a looser.

  21. paul Says:

    It’s amazing how clear it is now that Urlacher was 100% carrying Lovie’s defense in Chi. What a hall of famer to make such an ignorant coach into top defenses every year.

  22. iamkingsu Says:

    3 step drop + no jam by defenders=…… Nevermind I’ll let the ex-nfl players figure that out. Since they act like a fan with two eyes and a tv can’t figure it out because we never played the game at the highest level

  23. iamkingsu Says:

    But rod marinelli isn’t asking his players to drop weight. Rolando McClain is a big guy in themiddle of the that Tampa 2. It’s like we go out and look for the smallest guys then wonder why we get driven out of plays or can’t get off of blocks smh. Where’s Jim Bates when you need him

  24. iamkingsu Says:

    “bigger faster guys beat up smaller faster guys” -chip Kelly, and just plain common sense