“Bad News” Defense

January 17th, 2022


So jacked about how the Bucs defense played, Joe couldn’t sleep last night. Not even Tom Brady’s week-old podcast with ChapStick Jim Gray could put Joe to sleep.

To be fair, Joe isn’t sure how good the Eagles’ offense is. It was good enough to make the Bucs sweat earlier in October and the Eagles finished the regular season playing pretty well.

But damn it, if you pitch a shutout in the playoffs for the first three quarters, you should win ballgames. The Bucs defense was ferocious yesterday. And long-time NFL scribe Clark Judge, typing for SI.com, believes yesterday’s performance should scare the hell out of the rest of the NFL.

Bad news for everyone outside the 813 area code: Looks like the Tampa Bay defense is back. You saw what happened last year when it was healthy for the playoffs. The Bucs never lost. Sure looked like déjà vu all over again vs. Philadelphia.

Here is the thing: Joe doesn’t know how healthy the defense is. Jason Pierre-Paul is not healthy and likely won’t be the rest of the season. Bucs sack king Shaq Barrett? He’s nursing a bum knee and Bucs Super Bowl-winning coach Bucco Bruce Arians joked after the game that Barrett sure didn’t look hurt the way he returned his crazy interception.

Lavonte David? Joe doesn’t know how healthy he is. And we know Sean Murphy-Bunting was inactive yesterday with a bum hamstring.

So the Bucs may still be getting healthier as the prepare to host a game in the divisional round of the playoffs.

Watch out NFL, indeed!

18 Responses to ““Bad News” Defense”

  1. bucschamp Says:

    JTS looks good. he didn’t reach he qb but he’s long enough to swat the pass and quick enough to stuff some runners.

  2. adam from ny Says:

    the key to winning it all is if the gravediggers raise their level of play to the point where they’re flying around out there like a little squad of pro-bowlers…

    if the gravediggers are on their game, this team becomes totally unbeatable…

    this is your time to shine boys!


  3. MadMax Says:

    Just blow up the middle with Bulldozer Big V and force them to our LB’s….

    Hows the quick D readability of rams and cards? I dont know, havent studied it, but I dont think they’ll be fast enough if we keep playing like this.

  4. buccodefensivegeek Says:

    Nelson got 7 pressures in just 22 snaps. He’s stepping up big as well. Let’s hope this week gives a little something extra for LVD and Shaq. JPP looks done though.

  5. Bobby M. Says:

    Its a game of survival at this point. I believe the Chiefs were dominant last year until they lost two starting linemen in the playoffs and met us in the SB. We’ll need a bit of luck at this point but so does everyone else.

  6. SB~LV Says:

    Don’t worry be happy!
    They walked off the field yesterday
    and will run onto the field for the next game.

  7. Christos Says:

    The Defense played good at least for 3 quarters. There were some plays with Eagles WRs open that Hurts not saw or missed the throw. The pressure with 4 man rush was missing however as has been mostly all year. JPP is nowhere near effective as last year and that really hurts the pass rush. Although the Defense was good i would not get overly excited, the Eagles are not a very good team. Hopefully we can avoid any more injuries and Wirfs will be healthy for Sunday. Go Bucs

  8. Chris@Apple Roof Cleaning Tampa Says:

    We totally dominated the Eagles, most of the game!
    We can beat any team, if we keep playing like this.

  9. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Our safeties were fantastic yesterday…..Whitehead, WInfield & Evans…..they were making tackles and flying everywhere……Dean & Davis were solid and Devin White woke up……looking really good.

    I think playing at Raymond James Stadium fires them up.

  10. Listnfrmafar Says:

    LVD did not look healthy but his presence sure sparked White. JPP, why is he playing? The poor guy is beat to shat. Joe you forgot Adam’s is out with a concussion. Some old man stormed the field and hit him upside the head. Fans don’t buy your SB tickets yet, Hurts can’t pass and his receivers stink. Wirfs is big going into next week, hope he didn’t reinjure his ankle the third time he fell.

  11. David Says:

    Shaq looked pretty good. JPP was OK. I noticed what seemed like a limp with LVD a couple times late in the game after a play.
    Here’s to getting healthier for next week

  12. Cobraboy Says:

    I’m more concerned about the OL than D.

    Wirfs injury could spell bad news for the Bucs’ O.

  13. tampabayallday Says:

    JTS has all the talent he just needs to defend that sideline better against the run.

  14. orlbucfan Says:

    No way will LVD not be on that field next Sunday leading his troops. Even hurt, he’s having a ball revving up his posse (Shaq B, etc.) and winning. He went through too many double digit losing seasons as did Will G and ME13. The Wirfs injury could be a killer. I was at that 1979 NFC title game when the Rams won 9-0. The Lee Roy Selmon D kept them out of the end zone, but Jack Youngblood and the LA gang forced a shutout. Doug Williams couldn’t do anything.

  15. Destinjohnny Says:

    It helps to play a high school QB
    But moving forward that won’t be the case.
    Do guys get healthier when they play through an injury?

  16. stpetebucsfan Says:

    What TBBF said!

  17. SlyPirate Says:

    The DBs were unreal. Breaking up passes, backbreaking INTs, and harassing the QB.

    To think, two years ago the media labeled the Bucs secondary, “The worst in the league.”

  18. Cobby Says:

    Very long time Patriots fan, of course since TB hit Tampa I am also now a Tampa Bay Buccaneers fan. Was very impressed with the Buc’s defense, LA is definitely watching film with the attitude of coming to Florida and winning. Think again LA, this is not the same team you played in week 3. The Buc’s defense will shut down the run, while the offense may be short handed. This offend is still a major threat with enough talent that every NFL team that has to go against Tampa Bay Buccaneers already knows there in trouble 😎