November 11th, 2016
YAC making him yack.

YAC making him yack.

Joe had a defensive assistant football coach in high school with an absolute fetish for gangtackling. He was like Lovie Smith that way.

Lovie’s eyes would light up and he would drool at the thought of takeaways. That’s all he seemed to care about. The coach Joe is referring to was the same way with gangtackling.

Every practice, every game. That was a talking point. Joe can still hear him to this day from his pregame bullet points, speaking ever so slowly as if he was reading someone’s will, so that his words would sink in, “Gentlemen, we must gangtackle. We. Must. Gangtackle.”

It seems that may be part of the problem with the Bucs. Yesterday, defensive coordinator Mike Smith said too many catch-and-runs are frying his defense.

“The very first third down of the [Atlanta] game, it was a one-yard completion that went for 15 or 16 yards on a third down and eight to a check-down to the running back,” Smith said. “We’ve got to do a better job of pursuing to the football and putting a vice on the ball carrier. When he circled us and he got outside of our leverage, it became an explosive play.”

And how does one stop an explosive play after the receiver gets the ball?


Gentlemen, you must gangtackle.

9 Responses to “Gangtackling”

  1. FortMyersDave Says:

    Joe, from what I have seen,”gangtackling” might be a bit too much for these slackers to handle. They might be more productive with “productive” penalties where they do they usual inept screw ups but actually help the team as they do them: like knocking out or dinging a player via the late hit, actually laying out a stinger when you commit a pass interference call, etc… I know this sounds like Buddy ryan talk but i feel this is the only way these cupcakes on the D can make an impact! Cutler could put 38 up on this D, punish him and hurt him D, you are gonna get the flags as you are the bucs, make it count! This is a partially sarcastic post but i feel a lot of Buc fans feel that these cupcakes on the D have been soft too long, stand up and qut getting embarrassed at home losers!

  2. Defense Rules Says:

    In its’ heyday the Bucs’ defense was known for its’ speed and tackling. It was hard to get extra yards on guys like Derrick Brooks & Hardy Nickerson & John Lynch & Ronde Barber (and if you did get them, you paid a price). Today’s Bucs team doesn’t seem to have that same speed or tackling prowess. Part of that is talent level I think, but another part is very likely new bargaining agreement & probably the new rules.

  3. BucinJAX Says:

    Seems like many times the first guy there has taken the wrong line and is often in the wrong place. They are often trying to tackle pushing the ball carrier out wider, not back in towards support.

  4. tmaxcon Says:

    These pansy arse players don’t tackle its called loafing and whiffing. Lvd jogging after another receiver or back that ran by his heartless ass is not pursuit its a heartless loaf… Stand up to cancer. Eradicate cancer93

  5. Joe Says:

    They are often trying to tackle pushing the ball carrier out wider, not back in towards support.

    Simple, fundamental football.

  6. 813bucboi Says:

    they should’ve been practicing gang tackling in training camp….the message was suppose to be sent then, not now….that’s bad coaching….GO BUCS!!!!

  7. unbelievable Says:

    This is what D. Brooks was saying the other day.

    Even if 1 guy makes a stop after only a few yards, the rest of the D needs to lay a hit as he’s doing down. Gangtackle. You gotta wear their players down on every play. Hit them and hit them hard!

    “Fight for every blade of grass”

  8. evolvingBucfan Says:

    So is he (Smith) looking at the last games mistakes or forgetting it happened and move on like last time?! geeesh!

    Wake up Smith and wake up Defense!!!

    Make your fans believe in you!!!

    I would love to have this town believe in the Bucs again!!!

    Instead we have to worry about any opponent we play especially at home, sad but true, i will always root for this team, but believing and rooting are 2 different things.

  9. mach Says:

    Its not smith that’s the problem its the players.