Cutler Hail Mary = Wrong Rush Game

November 16th, 2016
Bucs defensive line Coach Jay Hayes talks Hail Mary TD.

Bucs defensive line coach Jay Hayes talks Hail Mary TD.

It’s not often that eloquent Bucs defensive line coach Jay Hayes gets in front of a microphone. It should happen more often.

Joe was glad to hear him talk all things Bucs-Bears this week on the Buccaneers Radio Network.

Asked about the Bears’ devastating Hail Mary touchdown throw by Bears quarterback Jay Cutler to end the first half Sunday, Hayes turned somber and took the blame.

“That was really us not communicating on our [pass] rush game and letting him out of the pocket and letting him scramble to his right,” Hayes said. “He’s a right handed [QB] and you don’t want a guy to do that. We had some new guys in there and just didn’t get things communicated like we wanted to. You know, that’s on me, but we’ll get better.”

Joe’s not sure what was happening on the D-line during that play. You can see Gerald McCoy here make a move that takes him to the opposite side of the line — away from Cutler — allowing the Cutler the clear path to step up and get outside to his right.

Another learning experience for the Bucs defense and their new D-line coach.

7 Responses to “Cutler Hail Mary = Wrong Rush Game”

  1. JonBuc Says:

    I believe McCoy was being held blatantly on that play…it was the proverbial shoe to the seeds…happy to see them answer that challenge during first drive ( with flair ) of the 2nd half.

  2. softastissueMcCoy93 Says:

    In a Hail Mary situation, all defensive linemen tend to get greedy. McCoy abandoned his rush lane to get after Cutler, and I would have done the same in that instance. It is just one of the rare times that the play worked. In hindsight the edge pressure was excellent on the play and if McCoy kept his assignment the pressure would have got to Cutler.

    Also, there is a chance that McCoy ran the correct stunt and the other tackle didn’t do his job of filling the open gap.

    Anyway we won the game, and I am looking forward to this Sunday.

  3. Rrsrq Says:

    I thought ME should’ve been back there in the end zone, saw the Eagles, Falcons (Julio) and even the. giants with OBJ

  4. R.O. Says:

    “Devastating”!! Hilarious. To who? The fans? The team seemed to handle it pretty well.

  5. NashvilleBuc Says:

    I was at the game. The face-palming across the stands was visible when it happened. We walked into half-time going “here we go again….” It was devastating to the fans through half-time for sure. Fortunately Winston didn’t make us wait long to start feeling good about the game again!

  6. Kevin Says:

    Cuter takes some blame as well having Evans on the sideline. He’s the play caller.

  7. godzilla13 Says:

    Jay Hayes has a passion for football which he displays in his coaching style. His preparation for game day and intensity on the sideline is that which other coaches should follow.