Will The Streak Top At Eight?

November 11th, 2021

New ground

Bucco Bruce Arians is in the midst of a run that he hopes never to be part of again.

It will make for a hell of a story if the Bucs win the Super Bowl. Through eight games, the Bucs have had eight different starting defensive lineups.

Bucco Bruce Arians noted it’s a first for him in his long coaching career.

“This is a new one,” Arians lamented on SiriusXM NFL Radio last night.

Arians wasn’t down, though. He said he’s confident that hard practicing and hard preparation can overcome anything with this Bucs team. Eliminate turnovers, he said, and this club is super tough to beat.

No surprise take there. The Bucs lead the NFL in points scored at 32.5 per game.

As for Sunday’s start defensive lineup, it could be the ninth new one in a row for Arians. Joe’s very curious to see who starts at cornerback opposite Jamel Dean — Pierre Desir, Dee Delaney or Richard Sherman. Arians says they’re all healthy.

Sean Murphy-Bunting has yet to be activated from injured reserve but is practicing.

4 Responses to “Will The Streak Top At Eight?”

  1. Señor Harry in Costa Rica Says:

    Please not Pierre Desir. The practice squad QB who filled in for injured JW roasted Desir’s @ss so friggin bad I looked for Lovie coaching him from the sideline.

  2. Defense Rules Says:

    BA .. ‘Eliminate turnovers and this club is super tough to beat.’

    Wow, interesting that BA focused on TURNOVERS and not PENALTIES in that assessment. Personally think it’s BOTH, but hey, whatever. Turnovers probably get the edge though, because whereas penalties MIGHT be drive-killers, penalties ARE drive-killers.

  3. Defense Rules Says:

    Senor Harry … Desir has been in there because he was kinda the last body. He got roasted a couple times to be sure (not super fast?), but for the 5 games he’s played in I think he’d grade out as a ‘C’ (adequate?) … for a backup. Thrown at 11 times, allowed 7 completions with 2 PDs & 1 INT thrown in there. That’s a 63.6% completion percentage; not wonderful but better than a number of others on our team.

    Sherman for instance has been targeted 16 times in only 3 games, and allowed 12 completions with 0 PDs … 75%. Delaney has been targeted 18 times in 7 games, and allowed 14 completions with 1 PD … 77.8%. Cockrell has been targeted 37 times in 8 games, and allowed 25 completions with 5 PDs … 67.6%. All 3 of them are backups like Desir, but have allowed higher completion rates.

    The main problem with Pierre from what I can see is that he’s gotten thrown at deeper than our other CBs, and has given up a lot of yards in those 7 completions (111 yds to be precise). His 15.9 YPC Allowed is the highest on the team. THAT’S a problem (Sherman & Edwards are running very close behind him BTW). I’ll be super glad when Davis & SMB make it back.

  4. Listnfrmafar Says:

    Could of fooled me, they all look the same and all produced the same results. Throw short run for yards after the catch get first downs then score. What changed other than Justin Field sucks? Every other QB looked like a pro bowler.