Shadow Boxing

August 12th, 2015

shadow boxing

Sometimes, as many coaches will say often, the little things add up to big things.

And Joe has noticed that on more than one occasion, that applies specifically to defensive backs.

During underwear football season, Bucs corners were swinging at air on pass plays. More like shadow boxing. Of course, there is no hitting in underwear football. When the Bucs corners approached a ballcarrier, whether it was a running back or a wide receiver racing downfield, they swung, sort of like punching ghosts.

Joe recognized at the time the defensive backs were mimicking punching the football out. Apparently, Lovie wants defensive backs used to punching the ball out on all defensive plays.

This has continued into training camp.

Yesterday at practice, Joe sat along the north end line of the end zone.while on the air with his good friend, “The Big Dog,” Steve Duemig of WDAE-AM 620. There was a pass play in front of Joe where three defensive backs were seen swarming a wide receiver like bees, shadow boxing, all.

Joe likes the attention to detail and hopes it results in coveted turnovers. More importantly, Joe hopes Lovie’s insistence of punching the ball out does not come at the expense of the most fundamental of all defensive plays: wrapping up.

14 Responses to “Shadow Boxing”

  1. Buc Neckid Says:

    This is a Hallmark of the Lovie Smith, third cousin, Tampa Two
    His Chicago Defenses always lead the league in Turnovers whether by fumble or interception.

  2. The Buc Realist Says:

    Maybe they should ask Coach Schiano, He had this team better prepared for turnovers!!

    also maybe since this is the third cousin of the Tampa two, it should deserve its own name. I know a lot of people would be fine if we start calling Lovie’s defense the “Gandhi Two!!!”

  3. ndog Says:

    Realist your shtick is old and tired just go away.

  4. The Buc Realist Says:


    and what would you call that defense that we all saw last year???

  5. The Other Side of the Coin Says:

    A work in progress.

  6. Nole on Sat.-Bucc on Sun. Says:

    Animosity Amigos realist!! We would call it learning the scheme homie.

  7. Nole on Sat.-Bucc on Sun. Says:

    So this technique was ingrained in the mind of Charles Peanut Tillman by Lovie Smith. No wonder that guy became a household name. Another Lovie myth busted.

  8. DamnImFameis Says:

    @RealAss it was obvious he didn’t have the personal to do what he wanted last year.

  9. The Buc Realist Says:

    DamnImFameis Says:
    August 12th, 2015 at 8:12 am
    @Realist it was obvious he didn’t have the personal to do what he wanted last year.

    You can say that about any coach that fails!!! And now you guys think that Rod’s Sloppy seconds are the answer!!!! I can’t wait to here all the new excuses by mid-year!!!

  10. LUVMYBUCS Says:

    My Day will literally not go right.

    If I don’t wake up, at the crack of morning. Throw my headphones on and…

    -Hit the heavy & speed bag
    -And of course shadow box.

    Helps me focus on the day at hand – Gets ya’ mind right

  11. LakelandBuc Says:

    Stripping the ball is taught by most DC’s in the NFL, but you can’t allow additional yards while trying to strip the ball.

  12. Idontwannahearitanymore Says:

    Cristmas! The trolls are back in force.

  13. Hawaiian Buc Says:


    Why don’t you and Schiano get a room already. I’m getting really sick of the foreplay.

  14. canadian bucsfan Says:

    @ realist
    Your gonna eat words this year man! Lovie didn’t constantly produce solid defences in Chi outta luck. I too got aggravated with the constant show blitz then back off in TB2 but I’m confident this D will show great improvement