“The New Steel Curtain”

October 1st, 2020

Hyped on Bucs defense.

One of the greatest defenses of all time was nicknamed “The Steel Curtain.” It was the defense of the 1970s Steelers that helped the team win four Super Bowls in six seasons.

A bit player in their secondary was a guy we currently know as Father Dungy. And when Father Dungy took over the Bucs in the 1990s, he patterned his defense after that famed Steel Curtain.

And Dungy did a helluva job while that Bucs defense also became one of the greatest in NFL history.

This all came to mind when Joe heard closet Bucs fan Peter Schrager beat the war drum this morning on “Good Morning Football” on NFL Network, telling all to beware of the rise of the Bucs defense.

Schrager spoke enthusiastically of what he deems as the “loaded” defense, which is sort of in the shadows from the star power of park-violating, home-invading, NFLPA-ignoring Bucs quarterback Tom Brady, foot-rubbing Rob Gronkowski and stud receiver Mike Evans.

“We talk about Brady and Gronk all day long,” Schrager noted. “The Buccaneers are so good on defense they are suffocating teams the past two weeks.”

For evidence of the “loaded” defense, Schrager pointed out the individual awards Lavonte David and Antoine Winfield won this morning.

42 Responses to ““The New Steel Curtain””

  1. Blogtalkfootball.com Says:

    Pewter Curtain!

  2. AlteredEgo Says: Your comment is awaiting moderation. Says:

    Oh…Please !

  3. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    The game Sunday will hinge on Turnovers, Penalties & Special Teams……..and it should be our Defense that causes the Chargers to turn it over…..

    We need to clean up the sloppy play……

  4. Bucsfan77 Says:

    More like we traded our pirate ship in for a iron side battle ship, let our defense withstand anything thrown at them while our cannons (Mike, Godwin,Gronk,Brady, Miller, OJ,) destroy others.

  5. 813bucboi Says:

    somewhere, realist and smitty are crying around a bunch of sheep!!!!!!!!!!!!…..

    this is what REAL defense and player development looks like!!!!!!!!

    GO BUCS!!!!!!

  6. Buc1987 Says:

    It’s only been 3 weeks….

    Calm down folks.

    Go Bucs!!

  7. Mitch Says:

    One week at a time! The next three will tell us a lot.

  8. AwShbucs Says:

    Dude called Smb Sean William’s Bunting and said Mike Edward’s had a pick.

    Pete’s research is shaky at best. Love the show. But everyone on the show with the possible exception of Burleson is just an entertaining talking head.

  9. AwShbucs Says:

    He said Edward’s had a pick 6* rather. It was a beautiful 1 handed interception, but he didnt run it back.

  10. Dewey Selmon Says:

    Aw, you are right. they are entertainers who talk football except for Nate. I get better takes on this board everyday. If those folks were smart they would read tis board and parrot things the next mornings show.

  11. Mort Says:

    We played two bad or beat up teams. Slow your roll with this steel curtain redux nonsense. Let’s beat the saints, or packers, or chiefs on the same fashion. Then – and only then – can we talk about that.

  12. Show Me the TDs Says:

    Gimme a break! What hyperbole. Give it time, like maybe a season.

  13. unbelievable Says:

    Lol, settle down Francis.

    I’m stoked on their performance but it’s only been 3 weeks, 2 of which were against bad teams.

  14. Louis Friend Says:

    The key to keeping up the pace is really simple – STAY INJURY FREE! They’re so talented as a starting group but there’s not much depth behind them.

  15. Mike Says:

    The Bucs D is definitely for real! It will be fun to see the Bucs become a defense that is feared once again!

  16. Dano407 Says:

    They have to stop overreacting every week. Let’s see how the Bucs D plays against Green Bay & KC first before media goes crazy.

  17. ToesOnTheLine!!! Says:

    I’m as pleased with the Bucs D as most everyone else, but let’s not start comparing them to iconic defenses just yet. They played a mediocre Panthers offense and a Broncos team down their starting QB and WR (though in years past that would have been a recipe for a huge day for the opposing backup QB, so we are obviously moving in the right direction). The real test will be when we face high scoring offenses like Atlanta and New Orleans (again).

  18. Grant Mimay Says:

    This guy also said Jeremy Chin was the most dominate rookie defensive player….he better check his sheet. That would be Antoine Winfield Jr baby!

  19. Buc N A Says:

    Bit player sure is correct, Bit coach too. With all the power Dungy had with our Bucs and then the Colts to come away with a grand total of 1 is a JOKE! Give those teams to Belichik and he would have won the Super Bowl EVERY year.

  20. Bobby M. Says:

    They’ve looked solid against a mediocre Panthers team and a really bad Broncos team. I’ll take wins any way they come but to mention them with all time great teams, that’s premature. i think we have a top ten defense….and we can go far with that if the offense gets in sync.

  21. Barbosa Says:

    Hey Joe! How about the Devil’s Triangle defense? After all we ARE the Buccaneers! “ The Devil’s Triangle defense, where offenses enter and are never heard from again! “

  22. Mrs. Entertainment Says:

    Barbosa with the win!

  23. Rico 210 Says:

    Dilly! Dilly!
    Go Bucs

  24. Cobraboy Says:

    I second Mort’s sage comments.

    Beat somebody full-strength good first.

    So far it has been fun but inconclusive.

    But a good start.

  25. JimmyJack Says:

    Look at Lavonte David last week defending that FG drive. That tackle he made was nearly out of body. It was a play made based on pure effort. It was an example of the new standards on this defense.

    If we can play with these standards each and every game with no relent we are Championship defense No debate!!

    hashtag Lavonte David must be All Pro!!!!

    GO BUCS!!!!

  26. JimmyJack Says:

    Look at each and every big play this defense has made this year(there are many).

    Now go back and look at the play before. We are causing turnovers. We arent just getting them. Our ferocious D is not just finding plays. We are making them!!!!……..This goes back to last year. Nothing new.

  27. JimmyJack Says:

    Our Special team has made plays for over a year too.
    The blocked punt wasnt just a chanse happening. We were creating turnover on ST all of last year.

    Yeah sure pentalties took away all of our big plays and ruined Devin Whites monumental moment as a Buc(in Tennessee) but they all still happened and would have without the stupid referees.

  28. Pewter Power Says:

    Everyone expected the defense to be ahead of the offense, defense is playing really good and no one wants to admit it now. Offense is all holding back this team. What I’m worried about is penalties and run blocking the passing game will overcome leftwich

  29. PSL Bob Says:

    OK, Steel Curtain may be a bit of hyperbole, but to all you “need more time to evaluators,” what would you be saying if they were sitting at 1-2 right now? You’d be righting them off. So enjoy it. It’s ok to throw a few accolades their way. The NFL thought so, when they named 2 as defensive players of the month. The have solid personnel and a solid defensive scheme under Bowles. So, whose to say they’re not the next great Bucs defense. Dream a little already.

  30. Dapostman Says:

    2 Huckleberries, 1 cool cat and Kay Adams.


  31. orlbucfan Says:

    When the Bucs had winning teams, it was cos they had awesome defenses. Bowles is well on his way to joining that club. Now, if Buc Luck aka serious injuries would kindly spare us this season. Go Mighty Bucs Defense! 🙂

  32. Sumosam Says:

    I watched the Steel curtain. In 1976 after winning 2 superbowls, The Steelers started 0 and 4. At the team meeting that week, Joe Green stood up and said ” no team crosses the 50 yard line on us”. They went on to win the rest of their games and the 50 yard line was only crossed a couple of times. Think about that for a while, then you understand defense. It’s not possible in today’s game but I do agree, this defense is tough to deal with and has a great opportunity in front of it.

  33. Buczilla Says:

    Lol, we are no longer pathetic on defense, but the steel curtain?!? Naw. I’d take our 2002 defense over any other in the history of the nfl, but the current one is just simply good until proven otherwise.

  34. gp Says:

    Barbosa Says:
    October 1st, 2020 at 2:24 pm

    Hey Joe! How about the Devil’s Triangle defense? After all we ARE the Buccaneers! “ The Devil’s Triangle defense, where offenses enter and are never heard from again! “

    I prefer the nickname “The Perfect Storm”
    Of course this refers to the entire team though so I’m perfectly happy to accept the ‘Devils Triangle’ moniker for the defense.

  35. ClwJB Says:

    If you think the offense is going to jell as the season goes on – watch the defense – it’s just gonna get better and better and better as well

    We have a very tough 5 game stretch coming after another wounded team – the next 6 weeks has me on the edge of my seat, popcorn ready

  36. SB Says:

    CarbonFiber Curtain!!!!!!!

  37. SB Says:

    Kevlar Curtain!!

  38. Cainishere Says:

    It’s the Plunderin’ D

  39. Leighroy Says:

    Well if we’re all entering names into the hat I’ll vote for the Pewter Plunderers

    But only if they continue to rack up more sacks and turnovers as we get thru the season!!

    Clearly though the Joes need to host a naming contest on the real tho…..

  40. rrsrq Says:

    I saw the red brick wall

  41. Sooner81 Says:

    “Light’s Out” defense

  42. Sooner81 Says:

    “Light’s Out” Defense