No Pass Rush = Secondary Roasting

November 29th, 2020

Explains early defensive issues.

Cheetah Hill went bonkers to start the game. He had just over 200 yards receiving in the first quarter!

Joe has never heard of a receiver getting 200 yards receiving in the opening quarter. That is just unreal.

And to add insult to injury on one of his two first-quarter touchdowns, Cheetah stood right at the goal line and once some Bucs player came close to him, he did a backflip into the end zone for the touchdown.

Part of Cheetah going nuts was simply poor execution by the defensive front, Bucs coach Bucco Bruce Arians told the Buccaneers Radio Network following the game.

Arians explained the secondary was in man coverage but to do that effectively against the strong Chiefs receivers, the Bucs needed to get pressure on all-world quarterback Pat Mahomes. But the Bucs pass rush couldn’t get to him early and Mahomes had a field day feeding the ball to Cheetah Hill in the first quarter.

Whatever gameplan or scouting (or lack thereof) to start the game was pure trash. You fall behind 17-0 in the first quarter against this powerful Chiefs teams, it’s one helluva uphill march to make a comeback.

And the Bucs did just that. But it was slightly too deep of a hole.

Bucs in-game analyst Dave Moore said on the Buccaneers Radio Network after the game he thought the Bucs’ secondary misunderstood Cheetah’s speed and once they got used to it they played better.

23 Responses to “No Pass Rush = Secondary Roasting”

  1. Tampabuscsbro Says:

    All that hollering I did for a DB is going to fall
    On deaf ears.

  2. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Stopping the run is our biggest mistake…

  3. FirstTimePoster Says:

    Say “Cheetah” for a fifth time. I’m almost there…

  4. Roy T. Buford Says:

    Is this clown ever going to admit he can’t get his team ready to play four quarters, starting with the 1st quarter?

  5. JimmyJack Says:

    I think you gotta have a safety thats good enough to take away at least one of them big TDs.

    You are gonna have problems matching up with Hill all day if you can’t get some help over the top…….I realize you gotta mix up the schemes and leave Davis on an island every once in a while but boy it sure looked like Winfield coulda been in on that 75 yarder.

    It would take a great play for Winfield there but thats where Bowles has a lot of success…..with great safety play…….Im not too down on Winfield since hes a rookie but he has really cooled off after a hot start. He also isnt much of a force defending the pass. Thats concerning.

  6. Frank Pillow Says:

    …and water is wet. Thanks BA for that keen insight. Your clock management is almost as bad as your route trees and commitment to running the football.

  7. ModHairKen Says:

    Roy, spot on.

  8. adam from ny Says:

    there went carlton davis’ pro bowl…

  9. BigMacAttack Says:

    It almost looks like the goal of our secondary is to allow every catch and hopefully make a tackle after the catch. But they missed a lot of tackles today

  10. DBS Says:

    Hill just scored again.

  11. BigMacAttack Says:

    DBS 🙌💥😂😂😂

  12. JimmyJack Says:

    Adam unnecessary to salt the wound.

  13. JustBucNwin Says:

    JPP was harassing Mahomes all game! What the hell is he taking about?! Your corners played scared and too much cushion!

  14. PSL Bob Says:

    And don’t forget, just as you get ROJO on a roll, you put him on the sideline and insert Fournette, who runs straight up the middle for a 1-yard gain. I understand you need to give your RBs a breather, but when one gets on a roll, you have to ride him! Nope! BA/BL think otherwise.

  15. Pewter Power Says:

    He is the fastest but not the only fast receiver like that in the league every week gotta listen to this washed up has been coming up with all kinds of stupid excuses that make no sense. Hey how about you stop drinking during the week and your staff too until you learn how to come up with a real game plan.

  16. buc15 Says:

    It’s called roll an f ing safety over to help on Hill. It’s not that difficult and no need to play prevent D instead. Starting to think Bowles might be a tad overrated

  17. Fummer43 Says:

    The only way teams have been sort of able to defense Mahomes has been to rush 3 or 4….invite KC to run the ball….and double Hill and Kielce…let Watkins be the one to beat you…. you cannot cover Hill at any time 1 on 1

  18. Shoulda_Drafted_QB Says:

    Should have drafted Defensive End NOT LB D White. THANKS TRASH 🗑 LICHT

  19. DavidBigBucFan99 Says:

    Misunderstood his speed??? Obviously then they don’t watch game tape because there’s plenty of it. So the problem of course lies with coaching because they didn’t double him nor Kelce who are two of the leagues best. Other teams can shut down our best but we can’t. Those two had more receiving yards than our entire team. Pretty sad it takes an entire team abnb entire half in order to adjust

  20. Ed Says:

    Got to agree with DavidBigBucFan99. Other coordinators know how to take away a specific player with double teams and rolling help over to the weak link which was Davis.

    Bowles’ defense is either nickel and dimed to death like the Rams did or attacked over the top like Maholmes did. There is just no reason the Bucs can come out unprepared for what any football fan knows KC does. The tendencies are on the game tape.

    Until there is preparation and game plans that take away some of the strengths of their opponents, Arians and Bowles will keep losing these chess matches. Very disappointed in the team’s lack of hustle in the early part of their games against Saints, Rams and Chiefs. If you want to be in the hunt, you have to be able to play these big games for 60 minutes.

  21. stpetebucsfan Says:


    Amen brother. Where was the backup help. How do we or any team for that matter expect to win a man on man matchup where one guy runs a 4.24 and the other runs a 4.44.

    DUH…yeah if the pass rush is so dominating the QB can’t get the throw off…and what are the odds that Mahomes avoids the rush and still gets it off as he did a couple of times.

    Davis is very physical…one of his strengths that can turn into a weakness when he gets the yellow fever and the flags fly. But why not have Davis up in Hill’s grill to chuck him…move him off his route and yes hold him…if he gets caught it’s five yards and a first down not 50 yards and a TD.

    I would have enjoyed watching Davis mug Hill…take a few flags…dish out some frustration and back up Davis with whichever Safety has the best cover skills.

    BTW one of the Chiefs small receivers got angry at what he thought was a hit out of bounds and wanted an altercation. If that was Hill they should have gotten in his head early and let Davis manhandle him to a couple of penalties that could go either way.

  22. Rod Munch Says:

    The defense was not in man coverage most of the time. Yes, they were in man and there was a useless delayed blitz on one of the TDs, but the other ones all looked like zone to me, or it was the most loose man coverage I’ve ever seen.

  23. Trey Long Says:

    Putting Hill in one on one coverage is literally pure incompetence. You bracket him, PERIOD.