Run Defense Hits A New Level

October 3rd, 2021

So the Patriots rushed the ball eight times tonight for a grand total of -1 yard.

That’s also known as perfection in run defense against an offensive line with some talent.

But Joe and other Bucs fans almost have grown used to this and have stopped considering how the Bucs week after week after week make offenses one-dimensional.

It’s been an amazing display of run-defnse dominance since the start of the 2019 season, but Joe’s never seen anything quite like tonight. Again, 8 Patriots runs for -1 yard.

Of course, the Bucs’ pass defense is messy and leaky, and Richard Sherman needs oxygen and a nap. But Joe suspects that will tighten up over time.

At this point Todd Bowles should be able to make better adjustments and nearly assume the run isn’t coming.

Next up, the Dolphins’ putrid running game.

36 Responses to “Run Defense Hits A New Level”

  1. NaplesBucsFan Says:

    But Joe and other Bucs fans almost have grown used to this and have stopped considering how the Bucs week after week after week make offenses one-dimensional.
    Is no one else concerned that “one dimensional” is not an advantage when our D sucks against that “dimension”?????

  2. tampabuscsbro Says:


    Pray Winfield and davis are okay.

    and trade for a CB.

  3. Anonymous Says:

    Tryon monster hit tho!

  4. Bucsfan951 Says:

    Huge props to sherm! Wasn’t in the nfl a week ago and put in major work tonight. Get that dude an oxygen tank and an iv! My hat is off to him tonight. I am taking this W!

  5. JimmyJack Says:

    And when it comes down to 4th and 2 do you think that run D is a factor? You are brain dead if you dont.

  6. NaplesBucsFan Says:

    Bucsfan…agreed on Sherman…can’t hold anything against him when he hasn’t payed in forever

  7. BucsBro Says:

    Thank goodness.

    We need another defensive back right now.

    Sherman still looks like he can play, despite the rough night. He should help.

    Davis thing (haven’t read news) looked like a quad tear or quad tendon tear. Geez. And on a damn punt.

    If we can get a solid run game (steady) and stop screwing up screen passes, maybe the offense can finally carry the load. At least when Gronk comes back and/or OJ is closer to 100%.

    Given the issues we’ve had, I’ll take 3-1. Also happy to see the might Rams get punked at home today.

  8. Miller5252 Says:

    Run D continues to impress. Vea clearing out the whole right side for Tryons sack was awesome. Sherman…. Did pretty good for 2 days worth of practice, nothing got by him for a deep catch. Need to start making calls for CB, and after Winfield in concussion protocol for the last part of the game, we may need help there too. Everyone is going down

  9. Todd Says:

    I’ll say it.

    The ref’s screwed us. Several times.

    SEVERAL times.

    Grateful we won…but their thumb on the scale should be investigated.

    That Devin White punch was the ONLY reason that receiver didn’t catch that ball. Anyone declaring otherwise is either compromised or dumb as a box of rocks.

    But we won anyway. So screw you, lying, cheating refs.

  10. Ftmyersbuc Says:

    Ease up on sherm joe… I for one am glad he was in there. They tested him early but strayed away later

  11. ModHairKen Says:

    You can just see the athletic skill and veteran experience of Richard Sherman. No conditioning. No preseason. No practice. And he was inches away from making big plays all night. Give him three weeks.

    But gotta make a trade. Go get someone.

  12. Swampbuc Says:

    Now we need to learn how to cover the shallow middle and the screen pass. Why are we surprised that teams are doing this? C’mon Todd, scheme in a fix.

  13. Coburn Says:

    Yeah sherm def got beat, but not bad all things considered. Considering its a quad I don’t expect Davis to come back any time soon. Really hope we can get at least one of the other guys back… May e Dean?

  14. Ftmyersbuc Says:

    Todd it was shaq not Devin

  15. FrankPillow Says:

    Why is 24 out there on the punt unit? Joes, please ask Bruce. Pls. Absolutely insane/criminal use of our top DB, under the circumstances.

  16. Jmarkbuc Says:

    Mac Jones completed 19 straight passes, tying Tom Brady (Week 1, 2015) for the longest streak in a game by a NE QB over the last 30 seasons

    But we can sure stop the run…

  17. NaplesBucsFan Says:

    Yep, who are we gonna get to help out now…CD is out two or three weeks minimum and we may not have Winfield for a week.
    Anybody else concerned that ALL our wins were sloppy as sh!t and the one team that had a good D and a good O kicked out @sses!!!

  18. Leighroy Says:

    It was raining. This is fake news!!!

  19. NaplesBucsFan Says:

    That’s right Jmark, we are the best against the run…60/70% cuz we are good against and the rest is cuz we suck against the pass

  20. Doctor Stroud Says:

    Tip of the cap to Richard Sherman!

  21. BucsBro Says:

    Frank — Arians should fire himself for having Davis play special teams in driving rain. Unreal. He and Vita are the two guys the defense just cannot afford to lose right now.

  22. Doctor Stroud Says:

    And to TB12 for recruiting him to play with the Bucs!

  23. BucsBro Says:

    Also, how bout that Joe Tryon? His speed on that sack was sick. Jones never saw him coming.

  24. unbelievable Says:

    Now how about that pass defense? Eeek.

    Cockrell has done decent though, and Sherman played good all things considered. Only got badly beat once, and he was clearly lost before the ball was even snapped.

  25. BucsBro Says:

    ModHair — well said on Sherm. That guy is an athlete. And confident. He’s going to help a huge amount going forward. Great work by Licht.

    I didn’t even know Winfield was hurt. Ugh. We need more DB help asap.

  26. Hodad Says:

    Todd, it was hard playing 11 on 16, but we did it. So many bad calls starting from the beginning when a punched out fumble got reversed! Now I don’t know what a catch is anymore. He bobbled it, but than secured it, took two steps, ball gets punched out, fumble called, how does that get reversed? Now that this over hyped match up is over, can we relax and play some football?

  27. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Sherman led the team in tackles & I think he recovered a fumble……give him a break…..a few days, at least to get into football shape……what do you expect.

    Glad to have him

  28. Rod Munch Says:

    I don’t know why you’d bother to run at all when you can so easily pass on this defense. I mean, I really don’t know. I think the only reason coaches do the token run up the gut is because if they don’t, some idiot reporter will ask them why they didn’t run the ball. If I’m coaching, maybe you do a 3rd down draw or something, but otherwise I’d just sit back in shotgun and throw short passes all day.

  29. Tampadeuce21 Says:


  30. Tampadeuce21 Says:

    Comical to watch teams try and run really

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  32. LakelandSteve Says:

    I thought considering Richard Sherman had not even had an NFL practice since last season and he goes to a new team with basically three days of practice and definitely not in football shape he played a hell of a game. Sure he gave up some plays but nothing over the top and did recover a fumble. I will bet you he won’t be in game shape until after the next game. We got some sacks tonight with Tryon coming up with two big ones. Hopefully the defense starts to come around, but we may be without, SMB, Dean, Carlton Davis and Winfield next week in the secondary. I’m not sure if Licht can pull another starting corner out of his ass this week.

  33. Anonymous Says:

    Hey BugsBro (Bucsbro) worrying about da Rams isn’t gonna fix or help out that secondary Tampa has. Must really “Bug” you that your Bucs got clobbered by L.A. doesn’t it? Even Tom mentioned that tough loss last week on the road!!! Hell your Bucs were Damm lucky that ball hit the crossbar while struggling to beat a team with a rookie QB!!!! SHAME BUCSBRO. SHAME..

  34. Pryda...Sec147 Says:

    Sherman needs a nap such a bad take

  35. B-Bro Says:

    Thank goodness because the opponents are passing anywhere on the field if they get the pass off within three seconds

  36. Captain Dan Lawrence Says:

    Sherman did a good job, which is more than I can say about your appraisal of his effort.