This Is How You Play Defense

September 19th, 2017


Brian Baldinger has it figured out.

The NFL Network analyst and former NFL offensive lineman took to Twitter Monday night to show followers exactly why the Bucs strangled the rushing attack of the Bears. It was simple, said Baldinger. It was not just winning the battle in the trenches, it was storming the trenches and ramming a bayonet into the hearts of the front line of the Bears.

This reinforces what Bucs safety T.J. Ward told Joe after the game. That the impressive rush defense started up front. The defensive line jammed the rushing lanes so well, Ward said, that it allowed the Bucs’ talented trio of linebackers to attack like starving lions chasing an unsuspecting wildebeest.

Impressive, impressive stuff.

19 Responses to “This Is How You Play Defense”

  1. Wright in Montana Says:

    An impressive front is more than just sacks, and this shows it.

  2. Brion Says:

    Love it, but it’s easy rush when the opponent has no legitimate wide receivers. We will see next week what we really have.

  3. IsrBuc Says:

    I think they also had to play 2 backup olinemen and had to move a guard to center or vice versa.

  4. Defense Rules Says:

    Baldinger’s Twitter clip & analysis was awesome. Gained a whole new appreciation for McDonald & Ayers (looked like they both penetrated about 3 yds by the time Glennon handed off). Hadn’t noticed before that Ward slid up to the line & sealed the outside while Grimes slid up to almost a SAM spot. Not only did the Bears have no place to run, but Glennon had no time to set up for anything other than a quick short pass. Play design & execution was a true thing of beauty.

  5. Rrsrq Says:

    Who cares about who they had or not, you play who is in front of you and coaches scheme to the opponents weaknesses, that’s why Vernon got picked on much of last year and it will continue until he shows he is a playmaker on the left side. This is not the group like Sapp and company who dictated what offenses were going to do, this is scheming to an opponents liabilities.

  6. 1nebuv Says:

    They did this all game . There was a 3rd n 1 they turned into a 3rd loss by creating a different line of scrimage .

  7. Doctor Stroud Says:

    The defense has to be especially careful this week, if Case Keenum starts for the Vikings. We all know the history there. Don’t make this guy look like a Hall of Fame Pro Bowler!

  8. Bob in Valrico Says:

    Don’t know how often the Bucs will have this defensive gameplan in place,but it was perfect for Chicago.We took away their strength on offense which was their running game.Even if the bears completed 70% of their passes, they were dinks and dunks.Execution has to perfect on 15 to 20 plays a drive to score.Defense gets plenty of chances to create turnovers and penalties and mistakes often stall this type of drive.

  9. Sweezy 4Sheezy Says:

    Is using Bayonets legal ?

  10. Doc D Says:

    Who said “Iverson” Baker didn’t have a tackle in the game? He made the tackle on this very play.

  11. ATrain Says:

    Amazing Defense and we inly had to play McCoy half the game

    This shows something about our Defense if our Best player is only in 60% of the time

  12. Defense Rules Says:

    Doc D … I thought that was Baker too at first (I was really surprised at his speed moving laterally), but at the end of the play sure looks like the number is 98 for McDonald (Baker is 90). Could be wrong though because earlier it looked like 90.

  13. johnnybuc Says:

    jay hayes deserves a ton of credit

  14. Rob in Land O' Lakes Says:

    Sweezy 4 Sheezy says “Is using bayonets legal?” It is, as long as the player is not defenseless and god forbid, you don’t taunt him while using the bayonet.

  15. Cobraboy Says:

    It’s clips and commentary like Baldinger’s that make me hope that Bucs fans will begin to learn how football works.

    It’s not individual stats. It’s not Madden.

    It’s how every cog in the wheel does their part in a TEAM effort.

    Take what Baldinger said and then go back and look at the Bucs OL from 2016. THEN you’ll see what an impact Sweezy starting at RG and Marpet moving to center makes.

    Football is won and lost by how the Big Uglies work together, period. The rest is just highlight films.

  16. Cobraboy Says:

    FWIW, in that clip it was Gladius (#53) who blew the play up more than sealing the outside.

    Gladius reminds me a lot of Al Singleton: physical, quick and willing to be an unsung hero, playing a position that doesn’t have a lot of glory.

  17. DB55 Says:

    4 out of 5 angry men ain’t bad I guess. And as I’ve said many time before McDonald is more than serviceable. While he’s penetrating and making the tackle behind the line GMC is getting blocked by one guy and falls on the play to pad his stats. How do you guys not see that? But wtf do I know.

  18. Ghingus Kwon Says:

    of what I saw the other day, the one thing that concerns me is the crossing patterns. It seems like we had no answer for that. Teams like the pats will eat us up with that stuff…

  19. Bucsfan951 Says:

    So many keyboard coaches and gm’s on this site… I really get a good laugh at you fellas.