January 12th, 2023

Digs up key defensive stat.

Leave it to the NFL Network’s own stat queen to unearth a very cool defensive stat that may just put the Bucs over the top Monday night.

The Bucs, as you likely have heard, host the Cowboys in the wild card round on Monday Night Football. And a lot of folks think the Bucs have a reasonable chance of knocking off Dallas, in part because Dak Prescott is playing lousy ball.

Well, the last thing a team playing with a struggling quarterback wants to face is a stingy defense. And that’s where Cynthia Frelund steps in.

Frelund notes the Bucs’ defense is one of the best at forcing three-and-outs.

It’s also worth pointing out that Tampa’s defense forced a three-and-out on 39.6 percent of drives, the second-best rate in the NFL.

Frelund didn’t mention the best team or their percentage of drives killed on three downs.

Joe knows a lot of Bucs fans are down on Bucs coach Todd Bowles because the Bucs have been so disappointing this year and — maybe worst of all for fans — boring, save for Tom Brady’s late-game magic.

But damn, Bowles has done a good job on defense while more often than not juggling Akiem Hicks and/or Vita Vea, with a banged-up secondary and losing Bucs sack king Shaq Barrett midseason.

25 Responses to “DEE-Fence!”

  1. Mikejp Says:

    It is quite strange. The Bucs got 3 and outs or give up a long drive. It is unbelievable to give a losing team 2 TDs in the first quarter but can hold them zero point in the last quarter. Bowles at least try no hurdles offense to start each half.

  2. Goatfarmer Says:

    All the more reasons why Todd Blowes. He has had a decimated defense and yet hamstrings and shackles the offense to only score 18 points. Great idea there, Toad.


  3. Hodad Says:


  4. TDTB Says:

    Conditioning. They have no stamina.

  5. Cobraboy Says:

    Decent job as DC, maybe.

    Decent job as HC? A dumpster fire.

  6. DungyDance Says:

    Has there ever been a head coach in the NFL to remain on the team and step down to offensive coordinator or defensive coordinator? Lots of posts have mentioned this as a best course for Bowles, but I wonder whether it has ever happened / how realistic that is.

  7. SufferingSince76 Says:

    We’ve just witnessed 17 games of pure futility. Who cares if the defense plays well and we still lose games? Other than Todd, I mean?

  8. darengibo Says:

    Excellent DC. Horrible HC.

    Just wish these coordinators who do some GREAT work, keep ego in check and stay in your lane… then your legacy is intact and not this bumpy patchwork of head coacing in NY and Tampa which are not going well and it always feels like the team has to get you out of the way to win!

  9. SB~LV Says:

    Joez … what we are going to need is a steady stream of beautiful girls photos

  10. DavidBigBucsFan99 Says:

    When your offense leads the league in 3 & outs and your defense can ONLY stop the run or pass never both and your best player on STs is only your punter oh yeah then we have the undynamic duo of Bowles and Leftowhich we stand as chance to lose it no matter how bad Zach has been playing

  11. PewterStiffArm Says:

    Easy on the eyes Frelund doesn’t take into account the fact that players go through funky times when it comes to their play. Quarterbacks can come into their own at the drop of a hat. Dak is good, but lately inconsistent. He can have a Philadelphia game at any time, look out. I will put my defense up against anyone in this league, at any time. Lets just hope that his crappy play continues for four more quarters. It only gets harder after Dallas.

  12. alton green Says:

    this is something i said several games ago. It appears like when a Bucs player hits the ground, he’s done. I’ve never witnessed anything like it in my 6 decades of being an NFL fan. It reminds me of a really old cartoon. A man wrecks his car and he’s lying on the ground beside his car. The ambulance arrives and the medics put HIS CAR on the stretcher hahahhhaa! Todd, Tommy Boy won’t be there to bail yur moronic coaching out next year but here’s some advice; make your players do a few jump’n jacks every now and then

  13. NEfan Says:

    Yes against the shat teams. I re-watched the first Dallas game and Shaq came up big. Nelson didn’t play much or at all, I didn’t remember either way. Shaq is not playing, someone needs to come up big. But I’m sure Bowles the NFL’s Tony Robbins will get his team fired up for this one once they wake from his meetings.

  14. Hail2dabucs Says:

    Hey toad , we all know your special team is tragic & for God’s sake man , do not send out succup unless it’s 44 yards or under !

  15. Jeff Says:

    Bowles is a good DC and a lousy HC. Simple as that.

  16. Anonymous Says:

    Concerning keeping the pics of hot chick’s coming, I couldn’t agree more. And on the same note, “this” poor hooters girl seems like she needs a break. The only pic we’ve seen In Months! By now she seems tired of holding that same pile of chicken and is becoming more like my sister that a hot piece of eye candy that’s inspiring me to go to hooters. It’s kinda having the reverse affect by now.

    👁 🍬

    She’s needs a day off…

  17. Brandon Says:

    Honestly, the defense was excellent for most of the season. Their biggest issue was being left on the field too long by a stagnant and ineffective offense. Eventually, they get pounded away on long enough, they break.

  18. Joe Says:

    I couldn’t agree more. And on the same note, “this” poor hooters girl seems like she needs a break.

    If you are referring to the photo with this story, that’s Cynthia Frelund. (sigh)

  19. Captain Oblivious Says:

    Come on Joe, Anon was referring to the ad with a picture of the Hooters girl holding a plateful of wings. For once I liked Anon’s comment, it was funny, unexpected, and on point.

    By the way, did we see Annie’s video this week?

  20. Joe Says:

    By the way, did we see Annie’s video this week?

    Think it got bumped for tomorrow. Russo’s was too funny.

  21. Tim Says:


  22. lambchop Says:

    Can we all agree that Sack Barrett was a one-hit wonder? He rarely dominates without a 1-2 punch on the opposite side. That or everyone game plans for him, but that’s not an excuse Von Miller ever accepted.

    He had a Josh Freeman/Mike Clayton season to remember. That’s it.

  23. Joe Says:

    Joez … what we are going to need is a steady stream of beautiful girls photos

    For Google to change its rules about ad revenue sharing.

  24. DJB Says:

    I agree with the comments regarding stamina and conditioning. From what I have read regarding Bucs practices, it sounds as if they do a lot of walk thru’s but little in the way of conditioning drills. Surprised by the high 3 and out rate, it has seemed to me that there have been multiple games where the D could not get off the dang field.

  25. Buccos Says:

    I think Bowles could be a decent HC if he could get a good offensive coordinator. The players have a lot of respect for him and he has crafted some of the best defenses in the NFL for many years now. I would take him as a HC over Mike McDaniels in Miami or other supposed “hot shot” young OC’s as HC. Bowles is a leader of men and he has more street cred than these young pups. They are a dime a dozen.