Tackling Woes Identified

December 15th, 2022

Joe wonders what Tom Brady thought when he saw Sunday’s film of the Bucs defense.

Buccaneers legend Derrick Brooks set his thoughts free when it came to the poor tackling.

That was delivered on TAMPA TWO, Brooks’ weekly show seen right here and at TheIdentityTB.com.

“We did not do a good job of tackling on the second level, or the third level in the defense,” Brooks said. “Too many times … they got to the second line of the defense untouched. There paths were not altered. I mean it was one cut downhill; you saw the gap you take it. … It wasn’t forcing them to go lateral. It was not forcing them to changeup or running style at all because of gang-tackling. And too many times one guy was left to make the play or to save the play and it didn’t happen, whether we were not getting off blocks, we were overrunning gaps, whether we were pressing downhill defensively to those gaps. None of those things happened where we’ve seen them happen before.”

Man, that was a depressing rant for a team that was battling for the No. 3 seed in the NFC playoffs.

Joe will hope and expect tackling to improve on Sunday at The Licht House.

16 Responses to “Tackling Woes Identified”

  1. SufferingSince76 Says:

    And Mr. Derrick knows exactly what he’s talking about.

  2. LVMYBUCS Says:

    I agree I see some scared players out there, but this falls on the coaching because they see what we see cut their as and find someone better and the others will get the picture.

  3. Joseph C Simmons Says:

    Man, I miss that solid rock wall our defense used to be against the run. I knew it couldn’t last forever, but it was a thing of beauty watching running backs stopped for no gain time and again.

  4. Craig Says:

    It is so nice of him not to call out Devin White by name, too bad I am not so nice.

    He came out with the big speech last week and then turned his brain off. That left him on the backside of the play, watching it go by, usually through the gap he was supposed to support.

  5. DG060 Says:

    The whole team is a dumpster fire. Blow it up as soon as our season is over, which will be sooner rather than later.

  6. #99 the Big fella Says:

    One word “COACHING”

  7. AbucAway Says:

    Hey Joe, you know what Buddha said about expectations? I think it was something along the lines of being the path to suffering. Don’t suffer, Joe…. Just let it be.

  8. AbucAway Says:

    Much suffering there is this year.

  9. NEfan Says:

    Devin was bored the entire game. That side step by Purdy for the td is the perfect interpretation of how White plays, out of control. AGAIN COACHING!!! He’s been doing it forever.

  10. Redeemer Says:

    The gap integrity has been a problem most of the season. Specifically after week two. I counted at least 10 times when I saw guys overrunning their gap responsibility vs. SF. guys trying to do too much, and not playing within the scheme. That tells me two things. they’re undisciplined, and they’ve tuned out the coach. I think they’re also pissed at the offense. Trying to play hero ball, because they know they can’t give up more than 17. Without a couple turnovers, and a defensive score, they know they can’t win. This defense is designed to play from ahead. Get a lead and tune up the pressure.

  11. Richard Says:

    Hmmmm…sounds like 55 is talking about 45!!!! Watch a game replay and focus on 45…I’m just sayin…

  12. Goatfarmer Says:

    Todd and Boron apparently ignore the fact that everyone has access to the same atrocious All-22 film of this 3rd-world open sewer.

  13. Buczilla Says:

    I see a lot of guys, both on our team and throughout the league playing for their next contract and making “business decisions”. With the crazy money being thrown around can you really blame them? Dudes like Ronnie Lott, Lawrence Taylor, Jack Youngblood, and Hardy Nickerson, just to name a few, are an extremely rare breed who would play ball for a sack of donuts.

    It’s just not realistic anymore to expect 100% effort from players anymore when they have enough loot in the bank to insure that both they and their descendants for generations to come have enough loot to live comfortably. I don’t care what players make personally (good for them, they hit the genetic lotto) outside of the ramifications of it. Higher ticket/merchandise prices and nfl broadcasts that are becoming akin to infomercials.

    The blame for this nonesense sits squarely on the shoulders of the owners who were both greedy and dumb enough to guarantee any amount of money to these players. Humans are at their best when they are striving to achieve a goal. I’m no sports psychologist, but I’m willing to bet that money is the number one priority for at least half of the players in the nfl. If you guarantee what they’ve been striving their entire lives for, what incentive do they have to give you maximum effort?

  14. 74 Bucs Fan Says:

    I would like to see each players contract broken down by game, but you only get paid that amount per game if you WIN that game. I wager that incentive and motivation would jump significantly.

  15. Airmike Says:

    The hypocrisy on this page is thick. If you were followed around on your job to gauge your effort you would be benched. Stfu.

  16. Crickett Baker Says:

    Well-written article, Buczilla, and a lot of food for thought.