Run Defense Held Up

August 11th, 2017


The Bucs allowed an ugly 4.4 yards per carry last season.

Tonight, there was at least a little evidence in the preseason opener that Tampa Bay has found a fix.

Through the Bengals’ first two series, with primarily the Bucs’ defensive starters on the field, Cincinnati had 10 rushes for 38 yards.

Joe will take it.

Sure, there were strong Bengals runs and the Bucs’ defensive line was blown off the ball badly a few times. But there were some run stuffs and a tackle for loss in the run game by Noah Spence.

Mike Smith called last year’s run defense “not acceptable” earlier this week. Tonight, he has to be slightly encouraged by the progress shown.

The Bucs’ second- and third-team run defense? Well, they didn’t have a good night.

28 Responses to “Run Defense Held Up”

  1. Oj "I Got The Juice" Howard Says:

    Mixon was tearing those boys up

  2. NewTampaChris Says:

    “Held up” as in “robbed”?

  3. Bucs4821 Says:

    Joe just got referenced by Chris Myers. Too bad he hasn’t seen the latest updates. Where are his priorities ?!?!? 😉

  4. Bucs Fan Since '76 Says:

    Huh. I came to the complete opposite conclusion.

  5. Jim Says:

    Preseason sucks

  6. Bird Says:

    Wow. THose stats are deceiving then cause Bengals were running ball right up the gut when McCoy and baker in the game That’s what I saw anyway. You sure about that joe?

  7. Bucs Fan Since '76 Says:

    Joe – every time I’ve attempted to post in the last few months my comment has been held for moderation. Did I do something wrong?

  8. WeAreLost Says:

    Yes our run D sucks a ss. Let’s hope it gets better.

  9. Joe Says:

    Joe – every time I’ve attempted to post in the last few months my comment has been held for moderation. Did I do something wrong?

    Can only guess you may be using a naughty IP address. Filter is kicking your comments into moderation for a reason (no, Joe cannot read the mind of software programming).

  10. DBS Says:

    Where was any pressure on the QB? Are they still playing “Hands Off”?

  11. roger borras Says:

    runs by cinci of
    to start the game. (not in a row, just in that order on 1st drive) doesnt look that good to me. numbers of from play by play in box score. i believe they are correct.
    Did you even read this post by Joe? –Joe

  12. Buc4Lyfe79 Says:

    Awwwsnap now NewTampaChris, I literally saw where ur coming from but this was game 1 of the pre-season..suppose our starters dug in their heels just to prove a point and someone vital got hurt, like season ending hurt. Like Joe said, I’ll take what our starters gave us, the rest I’ll chalk up to ultimately meaningless pre-season game #1. GO BUCS!!!

  13. Rod Munch Says:

    Hum… I didn’t see a good run defense out there. The numbers are what they are, but to my eye they looked pretty awful stopping the run for the most part with the first teamers.

  14. Pa Privateer Says:

    Judging anything about preseason is difficult. I noticed a lot more rushing issues after the ones left the game.

  15. I'm tired and 87 is right Says:

    Joe you are blocking my comments for moderation as well which is annoying. Maybe it is because we both have numbers in our name because IP has nothing to do with it. Run D did not do well but it is also the first preseason game so who cares. I agree that no significant injuries accured so I call it a successful night. Go Bucs!!

  16. Joe Says:

    Joe you are blocking my comments for moderation as well which is annoying.

    Joe doesn’t “block” comments that go to moderation. Either you are using naughty words or you are using a naughty IP address. Or Comment filter is being triggered for a some unknown reason.

  17. I'm tired and 87 is right Says:

    Hmm…well no bad words here, and I’m sending this from my iPhone so who knows. Just letting you know so maybe you can help me out. I have been a fan of this site for several years this is a first for me. But go Bucs!!

  18. Jeffbuc Says:

    The hard knocks hero was every where tonight. To bad we are loaded at mlb he looks like he has the it factor.

  19. Rod Munch Says:

    87 – I’ve had a few messages go to moderation and it was because I used a different email in the email field, I have a backup email autofill in on my phone and that triggers the moderation message for me. It took me a couple of times to notice that. No idea if that might be a case, but worth double checking.

  20. Bucs4821 Says:

    “We can’t stop a run or a pass. Other than that, we’re in great shape.” – John McKay 1976

  21. Rod Munch Says:

    Joe Dirt did have a nice night, but it was against 3rd and 4th teamers. I hope he gets some playing time with the 2nd team, he was really flying around out there and I want to know if that play style holds up against better players.

    Here’s Joe Dirt prepping himself up before the game:

    Also Joe Dirt is an awesome nickname for him – he needs to embrace it, he’ll make a ton of merch money if he does, and he’ll have to give some to Blake Sims for giving him the name. If Martin just embraced Muscle Hamster… well it just makes me sad to see a marketing opportunity missed like that. Don’t make the same mistake Mr Dirt.

  22. Pete Mitchel Says:

    I thought the starters got gashed up the middle a few times. There were two plays in a row, just before the Hargreaves pick, where Baker was blocked in place and McCoy was pushed there, four, five yards off the line of scrimmage.
    They did, but that happens in every game. The average was solid, and the support behind them was, too. small step through 10 carries against the first-teamers.–Joe

  23. Gt40bear Says:

    Agree to disagree Joe. Mr. Unblockable was seen too many times standing erect 5 yards to the side of a pile. Also game just seemsed way too fast for Stevie T.

  24. Dano Says:

    I tell you what…Our starting DLine was not getting pass rush and Bengals were making huge holes up the middle in their run game.

  25. Mike Says:

    “We can’t stop a run or a pass. Other than that, we’re in great shape.” – John McKay 1976

    Love it

    nice pick by hg3

  26. Cobraboy Says:

    I was not at all impressed by not just the run defense, but the defense in general.

    I did see Bond flying around.

  27. Nole&aBuc Says:

    How opinions differ. Joe is trying to sell us that the run defense is better. Don’t buy it. It may be better than last year but it still is atrocious. What i saw was our defense being pushed all over the field by the Bengals. The only time our 1st team defense stopped them was by turnover. Did they ever punt when our 1st team defense was on the field? If they did I must have been in the bathroom because i never saw them punt against our 1st team defense. Seems the Buc’s will have to be like the Saints and out score their opponents if the defense doesn’t play better. Bottom line, the Begals 1st team offense punked our 1st team defense.

  28. Rod Munch Says:

    I went back and watched the condensed version of the game for the first quarter and my memory didn’t fail me – the Bucs were awful at stopping the run. Not sure what you saw Joe but check the tape.