Defense Manned Up

October 21st, 2018

Say what you want about the Bucs defense, which crumbled and allowed 21 second-half points, overall the defense did a hell of a lot of good things it hadn’t done in a while.

First and foremost, Joe saw many Browns receivers that were actually covered by defensive backs. What a concept!!

Second, five sacks by the Bucs defense — or any defense — is nothing to sneeze at (even if those sacks were the only Bucs QB hits of the game).

There were two key 3-and-outs in overtime, which were absolutely huge.

No Gerald McCoy. No Vinny Curry. No Kwon Alexander for half the game. And perhaps most important, no Mike Smith for the entire game.

It’s not a championship Bucs defense by any stretch. But it was better today. They kept the Browns in front of them and got off the field on third down. The Browns were just 3-of-14 on the money down.

Duffner had the defense more aggressive in all areas, as well, especially with the cornerbacks at the line of scrimmage.

It’s a start on the march back to defensive respectability.

And how about that goal line stand!

41 Responses to “Defense Manned Up”

  1. ATrain Says:

    WILL my comment post

  2. Season Is Over Says:

    No one is buying the hype. Sorry. Cheaper, better options found elsewhere. It is over.

  3. First Down Tampa Bay Says:

    Just having the man leading the charge on the battle field with his troops instead of eating nachos in the AC can make a BIG difference.

  4. Easy Says:

    Move Lavonte to the middle if Kwon is done for the season.

  5. Wesley Says:

    Defense was atrocious the 2nd half.

  6. Season Is Over Says:

    Why would Nassib wait to play his former team to show up?

  7. D-Rome Says:

    It’s possible Kwon won’t play another game for the Bucs.

  8. WalkdaPlank Says:

    Better than Mike Smith I’ll give him that. Not much else though.

  9. Vincente Says:

    Don’t sugar coat. They still stunk it up.

  10. Pryda...sec 147 Says:

    Browns a lot better than people give credit for.

  11. Pete I Says:

    It’s a start on the march back. Hahahahahahaha

    What a mess with no end in sight.

  12. LakeLand Says:

    Yeah and the offense committed another 4 turnovers

    13 in 4 games

  13. Joel Says:

    Always plays better without McCoy

  14. Frank Pillow Says:

    D played with heart and effort. We saw glimpses of a pass rush and contested catches and coverage. Vea is a work in progress- very, very raw- but I’m not sure we missed McCoy or Curry. Nassib had a career game. LBs played downhill- tough break for Kwon who was a different player today- looks like we may be out with a knee. What a beautiful mess of a game.

  15. Scotty in Fat Antonio Says:

    I want to know what teams are beating down the Buc’s door to trade for Geraldini?

  16. Alaskan Abdominal Snowman Says:

    Defense stepped up big time, especially on 3rd downs. That goal line stand was beautiful and for them to come up with big stops and a turnover in OT is almost unheard of for a Bucs defense lately.
    I saw Duff Man talking his guys up on the sidelines. I’d like to think that has some value to the men playing the game. Keep it up guys and Jameis, great win.

  17. Season Is Over Says:

    Why are we getting the pump up the terrible defense articles? Where is the article explaining why Rodgers was even on the fields at the end of the game?

  18. WalkdaPlank Says:

    “Always plays better without McCoy”

    I’d love a stat by stat comparison of the defense with and without McCoy because I believe this statement to be true!

  19. SkBucsFan Says:

    For having a short time to prepare , limited talent on Defense tonwek with and a few key injuries I thought Duffner did well. Hopefully things are looking up. A win is a win!

  20. First Down Tampa Bay Says:

    Season is Over

    Because Koetter trusts Quizz. And Quizz won’t fumble and is great at pass pro. That’s why.

  21. James Walker Says:

    Duffner did a good job keeping the defense sharp with backups. The goal line stand was amazing!

  22. Season Is Over Says:

    Duffner was here the whole time. They did not stop the rookie QB Mayfield today. The rookie had two TDs, no picks and a 100 rating. The defense was terrible.

  23. IsrBuc Says:

    Tell me again, joe, how is calling Winston a probowler isn’t an insult to the game of football. Say hi to Bobby “he’s a top 10 qb” Fenton while you’re at it

  24. Duthsty Rhothdes Says:

    The browns OL has the31st worst ol in football only bucs is worst, so lets not get crsxy on this defense, oh ya & a rookie qb that had dudes wide open all day

  25. Rick Says:

    So is Nassib the starter over curry now?

  26. Bucs Fan #7423 Says:

    Mike-Smith-Free defense played MUCH better! Will be even better when McCoy comes back

  27. SkBucsFan Says:

    @ season

    There is a difference between being a linebackers coach and a defensive coordinator. It’s obvious Duffner wanted to play his guy different than what Mike Smith had then doing. We are a long way from being Suoerbowl ready, but the defence looked way better than they did in the previous 5 games.

  28. Trench War Says:

    As bad as the Bucs defense has been you can’t blame this effort on them. Jameis and his offense just never could put this game away early. Way too many turnovers and penalties and way too many missed opportunities left on the field. 32/52 …61.5% completion percentage is not terrible but is average. It’s a shame he struggles with his vertical passing accuracy. DJax is a weapon being wasted.

  29. Bucsfan1988 Says:

    Well at least moving Duffner to DC was s step up. Only allowed 305 net yards, 5 sacks, and held Browns to 3/14 on 3rd down. Even with all those injuries, they played hard…

    OK now the bad news….
    Jameis is GARBAGE!!! This dude is a sieve when it comes to turnovers…This is YEAR 4, so I’m done with this guy. With all of the off-field stunts, he is obviously not worth it anymore in my eyes…

    Put Fitz back in!!!! D-Jax will certainly be happy. He runs a better offense period!!! Trade Jameis & McCoy for as much as you can get..

    Time to move on!!!!!

  30. DB55 Says:

    New rule: we ain’t talking about anything other than that goal line stand!!! All week!!! Lol. #McIceCream

  31. PolkFan Says:

    That just shows how important Kwon is he leaves and the whole defense is lost

  32. richbucsfan Says:

    Kwon Alexander has an ACL issue according to sources of Ian Rappaport

  33. BrianBucs Says:

    Let’s keep the excitement in perspective – It was the Browns

  34. Iron wombat Says:

    Is the D not being able to protect a 2 touchdown lead is JW’s fault?

  35. Nprbuc Says:

    Re Rick: if he can put two games like this on tape he should definitely be starting! Kid played lights out off the edge. Is there any coach sitting at home who can teach run blocking? That would be a huge benefit to all of our running backs. To few holes ever being opened for the RBs to get squared up and running downhill. You have to at least give them a chance to get their wheels turning. Defense? I was shocked to see guys up on the line of scrimmage instead of playing 5 to 10 yds off! Did they still get toasted sometimes? Sure but it was great to at least see a Buc in the same frame on tv with a receiver! Plus a couple of nice breakups and and least made r3cievers fight for some balls. I consider that alone a big improvement over Smith. GO BUCS

  36. BrianBucs Says:

    When your QB commits 3 turnovers your defense HAS to step up

  37. BringBucsBack Says:

    I only counted three wide-open receivers all game long, for the Browns. Under the previous DC we would have seen three wide open receivers in three passing attempts (or in the same play, for that matter)!

    The Browns have a lot of good players and if they can eliminate their Browns/ Bucs-like mistakes, they can contend; four overtime games out of six? That is crazy! They are no cupcakes.

    The defense was much better. It will be a rarity that a defense will control an offense for an entire game, in today’s NFL. We needed improvement and we saw quite a bit of it today. Lets hope it continues!

  38. Dapostman Says:

    With the Bucs offense give up 24 or less and they will have a shot at winning virtually any game. Mike Smith couldn’t figure it out. Cincinnati will be a huge test.

  39. Defense Rules Says:

    @BrianBucs … “Let’s keep the excitement in perspective – It was the Browns.” After watching the whole game, I agree with you Brian. Bucs did some very good things; they did some really dumb things. Against probably any other NFL team we would’ve lost that game handily … than heavens we were playing the Browns.

    Loved some of the stuff I was seeing out of the Bucs defense today, in particular the more aggressive play of the Secondary. That right there made a mammoth difference. Hope Kwon’s injury isn’t an ACL like some have stated (with Beckwith on IR, we really don’t have another starting-calber MLB right now IMO).

    Next man to be fired on the Bucs has to be S/T coach Kaczor. S/T play continues to be abysmal & could very easily have lost us yet another game. Catanzaro’s Impossible Dream came true (his 59 yarder to win the game), but his earlier misses were atrocious. No excuse for his performance this season. And no excuse for the terrible kick coverage we saw a couple of times.

    I thought the TEAM played excellent COMPLIMENTARY FOOTBALL … for the first half. Then things kinda fell apart along those lines in the second half. For the game, Bucs offense dominated the stats, with almost 38 mins TOP to 30 mins TOP for the Browns (including overtime). Bucs had a whopping 34 first downs (to 17 for Cleveland) & were 3-for-3 in the Red Zone (awesome). Our 4 turnovers (2 fumbles & 2 INTs) hurt, but the Bucs’ defense compensated pretty well in those cases I thought. Bucs OLine was bad yet again IMO, giving up 5 sacks & doing little to help the running game (114 yds, BUT 55 yds was by Jameis on broken plays). Reality was that the Browns screwed themselves time-and-time-again by committing a whopping 14 penalties for 114 yds. They won’t win many games like that.

  40. John B Says:

    5 turnovers!!!!!!! Who wins giving up the ball 5 times??? The D won this game idiots!!!!!!

  41. orlbucfan Says:

    Give me a d##ed break! The strength of this 2018 team is the offense!! Is Koetter on dope? He totally wasted the talent on this offense today. What happened after the great reverse play to the diva? No more imaginative plays. Total waste of ME13, Godwin, Hump, Brate, OJ, Barber..what gives here?????????????