Zyon McCollum Will Try To Be More Aggressive

April 17th, 2024

No risk it; no biscuit.

Unless he really blows chunks in training camp and/or the Bucs draft a corner at No. 26, Zyon McCollum will start at cornerback. He already has been ordained by Bucs coach Todd Bowles to replace traded Carlton Davis.

McCollum has been a bit player. He’d play some safety, some nickel corner, some real corner and occasionally start when Jamel Dean or Davis were injured.

McCollum started nine games last season and played 70 percent of the defensive snaps.

On Monday, McCollum was asked at One Buc Palace if he is going to take more risks in underwear football and training camp, sort of test himself to see what he can get away with.

McCollum noted that is exactly what he plans to do.

“That’s a great way to put it,” McCollum said when asked if he would take more chances. “I mean, taking calculated chances is how you make plays in this league. You know, it’s not going to be perfect, but I’m looking to fail and get better, and fail and get better, and OTA’s and this type of environment is the best time to do that.

“So, taking chances is the name of the game, my game at least.”

Well, now is the time to do that. If McCollum can get away with taking chances and playing aggressively against quality Bucs receivers, then McCollum ought to be able to do the same on gamedays.

Outside of Cincinnati, few if any teams have a more dangerous set of receivers than the Bucs.

7 Responses to “Zyon McCollum Will Try To Be More Aggressive”

  1. JimBobBuc Says:

    Last preseason, McCollum’s tackling as a DB was horrible. He started the season with special teams and he started tackling better. As his DB snaps went up his tackling was very inconsistent, making splash tackles but also missing quite a few. He really needs to work on his tackling angles and techniques this season. Yes, he can take more chances jumping passes since this year he will have two very good safeties to back him up.

  2. First Name Greatest Says:

    Can any of our corners be aggressive? Media keep telling fans how aggressive Bowles scheme is but the pass defense since 2019 is super passive and plays way too much zone.

    Other teams are able to coach up corners to play aggressive and help their pass rush with good coverage but Bowles coaches his corners to play scared and not give up the big play but they give up long time consuming drives by allowing easy passes all over the field.

    It’s pathetic

  3. Capt.Tim Says:

    No it wasnt.
    First name.
    No pass rush= no aggression. If a QB is under no pressure, you cant be aggressive. He’ll just wait for you to make mistake.

  4. Boge Says:

    I thought Zyon did a great job at safety at the end of the year. It’s going to be interesting to see how Todd uses the DB’s this year, lots of versatility.

    Looking forward to seeing what Hall brings. I think Hall was in a similar position as Shaq was with Denver.

  5. First Name Greatest Says:

    Capt Tim

    Watch film of New Orleans, their pass rush wasn’t great but they had physical man to man corners that disrupted routes and caused QB’s to hold the ball for a bit longer to help the rush.

    This mindset that coverage schemes or man to man play can’t help a rush is silly. Lot of teams have timing based routes, if you disrupt that in coverage it helps your rush

    Bucs pass defense schemes do not help the front

  6. Buckeyebuckchuck Says:

    Love it. Small school DB, physical skills, needed coached up. This guy is gonna outplay his draft position because he’s got on of the best coaches to train up DBs. Take a bow Coach Bowles

  7. Dave Pear Says:

    Maybe if the Bucs had a DC who would actually run a simpler scheme that plays to his players strengths, allowing them to play fast with many fewer busts, and teach them their assignments so they actually remembered them and didn’t bust the same mistake over and over ad infinitum, the players could actually be aggressive. Instead, Todd thinks it genius to have multiple players playing multiple positions, different every game.

    What could possibly go wrong?

    Who would ever expect routine busts from such coaching?