More Defensive Efficiency Needed On Third Down

September 19th, 2021

Brought pressure.

There is no question the Bucs shut down the Dixie Chicks offense in the fourth quarter. But before that, Atlanta was moving the ball with too much ease.

Even when you factor in the dominant fourth quarter the Bucs had, Atlanta converted 40 percent of its third down attempts. That’s borderline out of hand.

Hey, props to the Bucs for a cool win! And props to Bucs defensive coordinator Todd Bowles in adjusting and having his defense stomp the Dixie Chicks in the final 15 minutes.

But 40 percent conversion on third downs is not good and most days/nights will get you lit up.

Of course, the glass-half-full angle is the Bucs offense can hang with anyone.

11 Responses to “More Defensive Efficiency Needed On Third Down”

  1. Chuckstutz Says:

    Someone teach joe tyron how to set an edge.

  2. BuccaneerButters Says:

    Cordarrele Patterson was giving me and evidently the defense fits today. He’s never been anything special other than as a return man, yet he looked really, really good out there. I’m concerned with the pass rush though, seems like we should have destroyed Matt Ryan, but it looked like he was going to come back until that 2nd pick of the day for him

  3. Sorryjackchuckiesback Says:

    I don’t think people understand a bend but don’t break, opportunistic defense!! Last year they were last in yards almost and 1st or 2nd in take aways!! That’s just how this defense plays!! A lot of corners on islands with the blitz but eventually the blitzes start to get there!! There wear you down! Yeah you’re going to rack up yards on them and a few TDs but they’re going to make the “seal the game” play in the end!! … Y’all just need to get used to the fact yards don’t mean anything!! They held another team to 20 something points that’s just the NFL these days in most cases!! Especially against a division rival!!

  4. JimmyJack Says:

    Personally Im more concerned about getting eaten up in the redzone. We did shut down Dallas in the redzone so Im not pannicking but it is an area to pay attention to.

  5. MadMax Says:

    A lot of that was great catches by Pitt and great last tenth second decisions by QB Ryan…things just seemed to be going their way…i was admiring it. But we kept pace with our O and TB12, and our DB’s stepped up finally….

    And btw, fk that Barrett off sides call that robbed White of a turnover/TD…these refs frigging suck…. but thats our life, ALWAYS!!

  6. MadMax Says:

    Yeah Butters, my man D. White whiffed a few….dont know what was going on there but wide open whiffs are usually an indication of bad timing/wrong angle…or youre just being lazy and expecting it to come to you….Come on Mr. White, youre better than that and you know it….wrap up or at least trip those ankles if the wrap isnt there….still love him though, tough love in this one.

  7. DavidBigBucFan99 Says:

    Time to call Sherman

  8. unbelievable Says:

    Agree Butters,

    Patterson looked dominant today. There wasn’t a guy on our defense who could bring him down by themself. It was kind of pathetic to watch.

  9. David Says:

    Please explain what the new taunting rule is

    Mike Edwards turned around backwards as he went into the end zone. He didn’t stop running, it was kind of in the act of running. He gets called for taunting.

    Lamar Jackson just did a one handed cartwheel over the end zone and did not get called.
    Kind of like Tyreek back flipping, it doesn’t get called.
    So is taunting just for defensive players?

    Because this seems like absolute BS

  10. Bucschamp Says:

    Ravens exposing chiefs run defense makes this win more enjoyable. bucs dropped 48 and we haven’t even played our best football yet. Omg

  11. JimBuc2 Says:

    Can someone please compile a video of #47 John Lynch tackling his opponent? I remember him describing his excellent technique. Raise your head, extend your arms, make contact with your breastplate, and run through your man. Sissy-azz arm tackles don’t cut it, man. Don’t worry about getting hurt. Hurt your man. Hit ’em so hard they remember it the rest of the week. Make them dread getting hit, let them listen for you footsteps. Punish the fool that come at you. Earl Campbell once remarked that when playing Monte Kiffin’s Bucs one had to know where on the field John Lynch was. #47 was merciless, just ask his brother-in-law. That is how to tackle someone.
    Yeah buddy, I’m right here. Come get some.
    LFG Bucs!!