Beastly Run Defense Even Without Devin White

November 28th, 2021

Our beloved Bucs just about neutered the best running back in the league today until late in the fourth quarter.

Heck, Jonathan Taylor was the second best running back on the field.

Of course, four-touchdown Leonard Fournette was the top dog.

It was a stunning display by a run defense that’s among the best in history. Seriously. Joe won’t lay out the numbers here, but that’s what they show since the start of the 2019 season.

Taylor was so stymied through much of the game that the Colts abandoned the run early and threw 44 times despite leading much of the game.

Taylor was on pace to set an NFL record, nine consecutive games of 100 yards or more from scrimmage and a rushing touchdown. He finished with 83 yards rushing and 14 yards receiving — three yards short.

The Bucs’ effort against the run without Devin White, who reaggravated his quad injury in the first quarter, made it all the more sweet.

The pass defense is poor, but the run defense still is enough to be a game-changer. As Sage columnist Ira Kaufman said last week, “If Carson Wentz throws 40 passes, the Bucs will win.”

42 Responses to “Beastly Run Defense Even Without Devin White”

  1. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    We were dead ducks until Shaq got the strip-sack-recovery

  2. Don’t make a scene 35 Says:

    Nobody runs on the Bucs

  3. Francisco Guzman Says:

    Can’t give up 31 points to Indy. That’s awful.

  4. TheBucsAnthem Says:

    The Bucs got so so many breaks in this game……………

  5. TheBucsAnthem Says:

    Exactly! Indy wasn’t exactly a great team……….

  6. bucnut2 Says:

    Joe- really??? He averaged 5.2 yards per carry. Frank Riech and the Bucs porous pass defense stopped Taylor, not the Bucs.

  7. Francisco Guzman Says:

    I haven’t seen any improvements from the defense. Gonna be tough if we go on the road against Green Bay or whoever.

  8. Lamarcus Says:

    I dont know. We have to get better than this. Seems like we hang on to win these games.

  9. Coburn Says:

    What pissed me off was early in the game Shaq gets tackled and then Wentz takes off for the first down on his side.

    Good thing our defense force guy hard because our offense stalled a fee times, including once on a very short field

  10. DoooshLaRue Says:

    When they finally started using him against us he was doing pretty damn well.

    We’re all happy we won but try being realistic Joe.

  11. Coburn Says:

    Gornk and lenny had a heck of a game, but we didn’t seem to involve Evans or Godwin much

  12. TheBucsAnthem Says:

    The Play Calling is so suspect…………..Byron Leftwich needs to do something about this play calling

    I’m sorry, but when you have Chris Godwin and Mike Evans on the same offense and they barely get any touches the whole game????


    THAT’S A HUGE PROBLEM from a play calling standpoint

  13. Buddha Says:

    No quit in this team. Defense again without its two first string cornerbacks. Indy is a well coached very tough team. They will be in the playoffs. Lenny and gronk were the difference in big plays by 54 and 31. Got to love the heart of this team.

  14. Francisco Guzman Says:

    What are the rams doing?

  15. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Front 7 worked very hard today……collectively did well….

  16. Craig Says:

    Why bother to try to run when there was no DB within ten feet of any receiver for most of the game.

    We did dodge a bullet there, mostly because our offensive plays looked like sandlot football, especially compared to the Colts plan.

  17. TheBucsAnthem Says:

    Hope the Rams lose again

    I cannot stand Sean Mcvey…….cocky little “F”

  18. Says:


    Over reacting much. Jonathan Taylor ran the ball down our throats on that late drive, which hurt at the time. THIS IS NOT A CHAMPIONSHIP DEFENSE. Depending on turnovers is NOT how its done, see Lovie Smith. So please with the over reaction. Great win but far from perfect. Also I am concerned with Bradys recklessness with the football. He has thrown a lot of picks in the last 4 games. UNACCEPTABLE from a HOF QB. But Playoff Lenny and our OLINE won this game today. And btw Nick Leverette was awful, I am almost sure the TEs were helping him with blocks the whole game.

  19. Says:


    Right on!

  20. Francisco Guzman Says:

    Craig just stop. This offense will get better. My concern is this defense. They can’t stop nobody.

  21. Coburn Says:

    Btw even before that amazing interception I was alter appreciating how sound of a tackler Winfield is. He made a couple of just real solid tackles on Taylor with at least one being in the open field with nobody else to beat. That interception was a thing of beauty

  22. Alvin Scissors Harper Says:

    Check the stats. Taylor did absolutely nothing running the ball through 3 quarters. And I mean nothing! Yes, when the Bucs D Line was a bit worn down, Taylor flashed a bit.

  23. Coburn Says:

    Honestly Guzman I was more concert with the offense this game. Too many 3 and outs and a lot of our points off of turnovers. Defense held them several drives,. It can’t expect them to hold up forever (especially with said 3 and outs)

  24. Francisco Guzman Says:

    Coburn 31 points is a joke to the colts now. It seemed like the colts never punted. Defense has to get better.

  25. Will Says:

    Stop it Joe. The reason Taylor didn’t go off is because his play caller didn’t get him involved enough. You see what happened when they decided to feature him. Ran it down our throat.

  26. DoooshLaRue Says:


    They didn’t use him much for the first 3 quarters!
    That’s why.
    When he ran…..he freaking ran.

  27. DoooshLaRue Says:

    Taylor had 6 rushes thru 3 quarters.
    Yeah, we really neutered him. Actually, it was eight rushes. Why? Because it wasn’t working. –Joe

  28. Swampbuc Says:

    Joes, you have a number of maroons that don’t football much. These nimrods wouldn’t be able to tell a football from a cantaloupe.

    Play calling was excellent.

    The Colts were the hottest team in the NFL and every experts’ favorite upset pick.

    The defense lost Dean right away, were without Davis already, SMB missed time, JPP is playing with one arm and no hands, DW was out for much of the game, Suh injured himself chasing Wentz and Vita isn’t 100%.

    On offense, they’re down to their 4th guard and playing against a scheme that said “beat us running the ball.” So the Bucs did. And brutally.

    They Bucs started sloppy but cleaned it up and it was the Colts that out-slopped the Bucs. That’s the pressure the Bucs defense put on them.

    I’m critical when it is due but this one, while plenty of warts, had a thing of beauty about it, coming back fro down 24-7 in their crib. And running it down their throats when it was absolutely necessary.

    Well done BA and company.

  29. DoooshLaRue Says:


    I know you’re a self-proclaimed football genius…… but we were never down 24-7.

    Pay attention to details will ya?

  30. Coburn Says:

    Guzman defense got off the field a lot early in the game. After dean went out they got some momentum on offense, but even some of that was our two turnovers plus that 15 yard punt and penalty. Thats easy points and I’m pretty sure at least half of those 31 were the result

  31. firethecannons Says:

    Joe says:
    As Sage columnist Ira Kaufman said last week, “If Carson Wentz throws 40 passes, the Bucs will win.”

    Wentz was starting to crumble with his lost strip sack fumble and then the interception. It was only going downhill for him.

    Ira Kaufman is a man of wisdom!

  32. Coburn Says:

    I mean we forced 4 turnovers so we did something right on defense. I’m not disappointed we didn’t do more with 4 turnovers.. like that very very short field on that special teams whiff that was a gift

  33. Coburn Says:

    Oh and when you get 4 turnovers (5th at end there) plus a muffed special teams catch thats why they didn’t punt. I’ll take a turnover instead of a punt all day

  34. Wild Bill Says:

    Frustrating game to watch. Lots of highlights for both teams with plenty of big plays. But Bucs were out played for the first 3 quarters. They got some big breaks in the 4th quarter on turn overs that made the difference. Bucs sack totals are way off from last year. Evans was mostly shut down. Gronky kept us in it. 4net played his best game yet. He really blasted his way into the endzone. Weak pass rush and defensive back pass coverage are hurting the bucs big time. Brady continues be off on too many passes. Gronk and 4net deserve game balls. Especially 4net. Probably his best game yet.

  35. Show Me the TDs Says:

    Taylor is a beast. The Colts coaching staff reminded me of some of the past Bucs staffs. If Indy would have stuck with the run, they probably would have won. Being pass-happy led to 2 INTs. On the other hand, people like BucAnthem that constantly criticize the Bucs current coaching staff sound ridiculous. We won the SB last year ,have the #1 offense, multiple injuries and are in the fight for another SB. Yeah, our coaches suck! Not.

  36. Mike Says:

    Not sure how we won this one to be honest. Thought we were dead and buried, then the strip sack by Shaq kept them from going up big on us, and we always have a puncher’s chance with this offense…

  37. Rod Munch Says:

    Wait, what? The Colts didn’t even try to run until the end of the game, then they ran over the Bucs. What are people watching? When the Colts needed to, they ran it right down the Bucs throat, then at the goalline, guess who is too fat and out of shape to be on the field when they give up a huge TD?

    Colts had 107 yards at 5.4 yards per carry. That is not dominating run defense.

  38. orlbucfan Says:

    Bucs defense had 5 turnovers. That was a big reason why they won.

  39. David Says:

    The game plan was simple, shut down Taylor, And they did. He got a bunch of yards on that last drive because they were playing for the pass.

    As far as everyone wanting to complain about yards or points the Colts put up… Let’s see how the DBs are As the year goes on and they get healthy… Hopefully

  40. Don’t make a scene 35 Says:

    Bucs played very well against run because colts Taylor got like over 50% of his yards at the end of game where we were playing only 5 in box and protecting our lead almost encouraging colts to run
    Situational football

  41. bucschamp Says:

    Colts OL was good they created clean passages enough for Taylor’s ridiculous burst. but we also ran over them. a doze of their own medicine.

  42. unbelievable Says:

    Well Devin White cam back during the 2nd half…

    And once the Colts actually committed to the run, they ran it straight down our throats. 5-10 yards a pop with ease.

    This entire defense is a concern. And yes I know injuries are part of it. So what. Figure something out besides soft Swiss cheese zone, Mr. Bowles.