Horrible Red Zone Defense

November 4th, 2018

Green light in red zone.

Joe’s not laying this at the feet of new Bucs defensive coordinator Mark Duffner.

But until one of Joe’s favorite coaches helps his defense dig out of this hole, he will have to share the blame.

Last year, despite one of the worst defenses in the NFL, the Bucs actually weren’t shabby defending in the red zone. Opponents scored touchdowns roughly 55 percent of the time, good enough to rank the Bucs at No. 18 in the NFL.

This year, in that same defensive category, the Bucs are off-the-charts bad! They’re the absolute worst in the NFL at rolling over in the red zone and allowing touchdowns. Teams are scoring touchdowns at an 88 percent clip, far worse than the second-worst team, the Stinking Panthers, today’s foe.

That’s just short of giving up and laying down; that’s how bad that is.

If the Bucs plan on making noise in the second half of the season (Game 8 is today), this has to be cleaned up.

Below is a list of touchdowns scored on defenses in the red zone, courtesy of BSPN NFL Matchup.

34 Responses to “Horrible Red Zone Defense”

  1. Walter Says:

    John Harbaugh to Tampa Bay?

  2. WutdaBucisthis Says:

    Wow… truly a worthless stat. Best redzone defense equals losing record. While the opposite is true for teams with winning records… except our BUCS of course

  3. WutdaBucisthis Says:


  4. WutdaBucisthis Says:

    Wow… truly a worthless stat. Best redzone defense equals losing record. While the opposite is true for teams with winning records… except our BUCS of course
    Go BUCS

  5. thee good ol'e days Says:

    unacceptable, may the turnaround begin today

  6. “That guy” Says:

    Notice the entire NFC south are the worst 4 teams at allowing red zone scoring.

  7. Rayjay1122 Says:

    I wonder if the defense chooses to suck in the red zone like the offense. 😜

  8. TheBucsAnthem Says:

    Well, if we had an sorta kinda resemblance of ground game…..maybe then we can rollout with some opitons…….but NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

    ROJO IS A BUST!!!!!!!!!!

  9. PSLBob Says:

    A loss today, which I hope we don’t have, will elevate the chatter re Koetter’s, and perhaps Licht’s, tenure with the organization. I personally don’t believe that Licht’s assessment of talent is bad. It’s the coaching of that talent and inability to scheme to the player’s strengths that sucks.

  10. Jmarkbuc Says:


    Nah…Licht has missed on way too many…

  11. TheBucsAnthem Says:

    For Licht is 50/50 in the draft

    All of all the draft picks, missing on JAMEIS has set this franchise back 6 years atleast………

    Goodness, what a waste of time JAMEIS was…… 🙁

  12. Sydney Says:

    Panthers will hang 40 plus on the Bucs today.

  13. stpetebucsfan Says:

    John Harbaugh…nah…his brother maybe but his hands are full in Michigan.

    Trench pointed out there is friction at the moment between Aaron Rodgers and Mike McCarthy. If that got soooo serious that one has to leave I suspect it would be Rodgers who won that power struggle making McCarthy available.

    I’d just as soon have McCarthy as Harbaugh.

  14. WutdaBucisthis Says:

    We’ll hang more period. Sweet damn we’re playing the 2nd worst pass defence

  15. Pete I Says:

    Unfortunately BucsAnthem its a ongoing time waster. JW was a complete miss but the failure is still ongoing. Could have had a mediocre QB without having wasting a first roind pick.

  16. Dewey Selmon Says:

    No one missed on Jameis, it was either him or Mariotta. You had to take him.

  17. VFL98 Says:

    We have a lot of good players and that is Lichts job, he has done that job. This is all on the coaches and in my mind they are failing. However, today is the day. If they can start a career back up QB over a #1 pick, Heisman trophy winner, and National champion and end up winning this game then that’s awesome. But to sit Winston on a critical game like this and we lose this game. Then that is on the coaches and Dirk should be fired Period. We have the offense to compete with any team in the league and there is no excuses!!! Go Bucs!

  18. DB55 Says:

    No! It’s all Winston’s fault and his darn interceptions and his awful accuracy. Lol.

    Truth is the red zone defense has dramatically improved since McIceCream has been out. Hmmmm 🤔

  19. TheBucsAnthem Says:


    The Bucs could’ve traded down…….there were offers……

    But all that in hind sight now.

    I for one have him a second chance from that FSU BS due to everyone raving about his rare football smarts and strong arm.


    It just seems like this franchise will never find a good QB

  20. Kgh4life Says:

    Bucs defense is trash, whats new?

  21. orlbucfan Says:

    VFL98, you sure you’re on the right blog? No one compliments Licht on here. I agree with you, 1000%!

  22. Season Is Over Says:

    Why are they paying Gerald McCoy 16 million per season? You may as well not even have a defense at 90%. That 10% is probably not the Bucs stopping them but the other team failing. Lol.

  23. “That guy” Says:

    Thebucsanthem, I re-watched a couple of FSU games from their championship season, particularly the actual championship, and JW was never good. They got there asses kicked in the championship game, yet somehow scraped a win out of the mess. It was the normal for FSU that year. The majority of the bucs games I have watched that Winston has played in seem to fall into that same mold. My point being, I was never wrong about JW. I’ve always known he is trash at playing football, and anyone who was “wrong” about JW was either a blinded FSU fan, or just outright didn’t know what they were talking about, including movie smith, and including the joe who keeps talking about “america’s Quarterback”.

  24. BigMacAttack Says:

    4worst teams all NFC South. Lol

  25. Issaic haggins Says:

    Gerald just dove to the ground and remained there as the td goes through his gap , this Guy is the most self serving fake player I have ever seen . No Fight , Please get him out of there on any short yardage !!!

  26. k_bassuka Says:

    Look at that veteran QB!

  27. Issaic haggins Says:

    Ok this corner has eaten m Evans lunch 4 times and he folloeeed him to the slot , Monken there are 4 other better Matchups

  28. Issaic haggins Says:

    “I can’t wait for our D line to go out and rough people up “

    Hey Jason we are still waiting !!!!

  29. Oneilbucs Says:

    And they will still blame Jamies for this lost . The problem was not Jamies it was the defense and running game and coaching staff but every body blame Winston for this team problem. Winston is not perfect but this team just suck.

  30. Mike Johnson Says:

    If you guys actually think this Buc team is marching into Charlotte and winning? I’d like to have the Ph no of your supplier. Causs YOU smokin some far out Sh..!
    Carolina is rollin right now. And even IF Fitz is on, its gonna be hard to win a shootout against these guys.
    Bring in Tony Dungy as head of Buc Football Operations
    and lets start building a winner. Besides, What we got to lose?
    We’ve already sank about as LOW..as a team can..GO!

  31. BucEmUp Says:

    Public service announcement to all the tards that thought j ameis was the problem


  32. Oneilbucs Says:

    We can do it lest go bucs ……

  33. Say what Says:

    Fire Dirk !!! Joe use your bully pulpit to fire Dirk like you did with Schiaparelli. This is much worse than that. Be const Joe!!!! This is embarrassing of an organization ever!!!

  34. TOM Says:

    Enough with this stupid Tony Dungy crap.