Bucs’ Average Rush Defense To Be Tested

November 12th, 2014
Redskins stud RB Alfred Morris should be a stout test for the average Bucs rush defense.

Redskins stud RB Alfred Morris should be a stout test

About the best thing Joe can say about the sorry 1-8 Bucs is that its rush defense ranks 15th in the NFL.

It’s sad when that is about the best thing you can say about a team, that maybe its best element is average.

But that is the 2014 Bucs.

Well, that average No. 15 rush defense is going to get a helluva test come Sunday.

 Consider the Redskins running back Alfred Morris’ numbers:

Morris has the highest rushing average per carry in Redskins history at 4.58 yards a touch and is just a few carries from being seventh on the all-time Redskins rushing leaders list. He has rushed for touchdowns in three straight games entering Sunday’s Bucs game.

This creates a mismatch because Tampa Bay also will have to account for RGIII, who can run as well. Initially, Joe thought Lavonte David would be sort of a spy against RGIII (remember how Derrick Brooks used to spy Michael Vick?), but David’s assignment might just be to seek and destroy Morris.

Should be fun to watch. Well, sorta.

13 Responses to “Bucs’ Average Rush Defense To Be Tested”

  1. RealityCheck Says:

    Why run when you can pass anywhere on the field at will?

  2. ruggyup Says:

    Bucs run defense gets a helluva test from just about any team in the NFL excepting Oakland which is about to set aworld’s record for lowest number of rushing yards gained.

  3. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    The best run defense is for us to score when we have the ball and get a good lead….then they won’t run as much….other than that, I don’t have much confidence in any part of our defense.
    Teams don’t need to run on us when they can find wide open recievers without a pass rush…

  4. Robert 9 Says:

    bucs and defense should not be allowed in the same sentence.

    their probably only even average because the secondary has more holes than jenna jameson.

    let someone beat the run down their throat. I bet the open up like leslie lovelace

  5. Robert 9 Says:

    linda……gotta brush up on the oldies

  6. DB55 Says:

    Rainey has a personal vendetta againt Morris. Let the two go head to head and see who wins. Maybe Rainey busts about 140 yards on the white brown and black skins.

  7. Ray Rice Says:

    Dam! We got Dougie and they got Morris in the same draft and in a much later round. $hit!!!!

  8. DB55 Says:


    And Rainey went u drafted and that’s his beef with Morris bc he says he out played him in college and should have been drafted before him blah blah blah. At this point, let’s just battle. CHALLENGE!!!!

  9. Ray Rice Says:


    Morris looks like the better runner all around. Although I would like to see Mike James more. The young man was producing when he got the chance last season. Against Seattle and Miami. Then he got hurt. Dam! He runs hard.

  10. ElioT Says:

    Trying to establish the run on the Bucs Defense will get an O-Coordinator fired! There is no point!

    Why run it when you can pass the ball with leisure?

    Is any one really expecting the Redskins not to look like world beaters and a model franchise against our Bucs on Sunday?

    They’re going to kick the sh*t out of the Bucs and we’ll all be watching every f**king snap.




    Go Sucs!

  11. Zam Says:

    Derrick Brooks singlehandedly changed Michael Vick into thinking pass first. The lick he put on that guy was timeless.

  12. DB55 Says:


    One of the best match ups in the history of the game. Brooks vs Vick. Second only to Sapp vs Farve. #instantclassics

  13. DB55 Says:

    @hey diddle diddle

    Not sure why James has been a castoff. Other than his injury early in the season. He’s proven he can play and has not turned the ball over which is more than I can say for the RBs in front of him. Runs hard, can pass protect very well, can catch the ball and gets up field. I’m truly at a loss as to how or why Lovie makes the decisions he makes.