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REAR ENTIRES: Making Epidemics

October 25, 2012 at 12:17pm by Scott   •  15 Comments »


SECONDARY TROUBLES: When I blamed the defensive line for the problems against the Saints last week, some people chimed in and said they thought the secondary was the bigger issue. So congratulations, Rick Stroud agrees with you.

The Bucs have given up seven pass plays of 40 or more yards (tied for most in the league) and 28 of 20 yards or more (tied for fourth most).

And Greg Schiano also recognizes that the Bucs are giving up too much in the air, although he had to think about it for a minute.

“I don’t want to make an epidemic here, and it hasn’t been a problem,” he said. “I shouldn’t say that. There have been spurts where it has been a problem, but it is not like that’s our main issue.”

“I don’t want to make an epidemic here” is makes it sound like he’s holding a vial of monkey virus threateningly over the reporters’ heads. Also, how long can it possibly be before we see a Jim Mora/Dennis Green runaway from Schiano? You know the guy is pretty tightly packed. The right reporter at just the right time is going to make Schiano come unglued. You wait.

Anyway, the longer the quarterback has to hold onto the ball, the more chance there is that the receiver will get open. You just can’t cover a guy for five or six seconds consistently. I still say pressure is the more critical problem.

PONDER CALLING OUT SAID SECONDARY: Well, not really calling them out. That makes it sound like Christian Ponder was being a dick, which he really wasn’t. But he does think the Bucs leave themselves open to big plays.

“They’re very aggressive, so with double-moves and stuff they try to bite on stuff and try to guess,” said Ponder of the Bucs’ 2012 defense. “But they can also make plays that way. They’re a very good defense. I think it’s going to be one of the better defenses we face, especially with how aggressive they play. If you’re going to take chances trying to undercut a route, you’re also going to take chances of giving up a big play.”

As illustrated a minute ago, the Bucs do give up their share of big plays, so he has a point. But still… fuck that guy.

TWITTER TONIGHT: I’ll be on Twitter @bucstats during tonight’s game, so if you want to hang out, we can all armchair quarterback together and then depending on the outcome, take bets on whether tonight is the night Schiano loses his mind.

15 Comments to “REAR ENTIRES: Making Epidemics”


Darren47 (October 25, 2012 at 12:20pm:

You’re still the man, but please no more meth addict clickys. I had to get up and do a lap after seeing this one.


Scott (October 25, 2012 at 01:03pm:

Pretend she doesn’t have a tattoo, which I’m assuming you find distasteful even though it clearly means she’s agreeable to anal. What else do you not like about this one?


BaldBuc4055 (October 25, 2012 at 02:03pm:

If she’s a meth addict, the makeup she’s using to cover up her meth bug scratches must be the best makeup in the world. And she still has all of her teeth. Come on Darren47, not everybody that has a tattoo is a white trash meth addict.


avanderlay (October 25, 2012 at 02:07pm:

it’s pretty simple from where I sit. An elite QB like Eli and Brees can completely destroy this defense, while the likes of Newton and Quinn make them look like world beaters. Hopefully Ponder’s performance falls somewhere between Quinn and Romo in the “game manager” deptartment, and the Bucs can leave Minnesota with a W.


Meatmaster (October 25, 2012 at 02:17pm:

Darren you must have a hot fucking girlfriend man. I’d buy the clicky chick some meth if she would add a flat rock that’s been in the freezer underneath and piss all over it.


Darren47 (October 25, 2012 at 03:21pm:

C’mon, meth addicts are generally funny. I got the white trash meth head feel from said tattoo, the horrific hair dye job, and the doughy frame (though that’s just mainly generic sedentary white trash). The fact is her axe wound is quite nice and I would, without hesitation, take it down.

Scott has generally spoiled us, so my expectations are out of whack.


manbearpig (October 25, 2012 at 03:29pm:

I see nothing that would necessitate a kick out of bed with this one. Please win tonight buccaneers. I work with a Vikings fan and I don’t want to hear his mouth tomorrow.


Meatmaster (October 25, 2012 at 10:25pm:

Fuckin gettin a man crush on martin over here. And ronde makes me look bad crazy old man.


Meatmaster (October 25, 2012 at 10:41pm:



jampersands (October 25, 2012 at 11:32pm:

Ha, I actually love the clicky.

But I love Doug Martin tearing the Vikings a new one far more.


avanderlay (October 26, 2012 at 12:44am:

Good football. The offense really seems to be turning the corner and our D looks suffocating against all but the most elite QBs


BaldBuc4055 (October 26, 2012 at 02:19am:

I have a massive erection after that game. We’re talking at the level of “If you have an erection lasting more than four hours, see a doctor immediately.” That was the epitome of a statement game. I’m going to bed, been drinking in celebration, will need tomorrow to recover. Then I’ll be able to talk about this game in more detail.


jampersands (October 26, 2012 at 02:11pm:

… a condition known as priapism.


HAGEN205 (October 27, 2012 at 03:24am:

i called this game in previous posts now we will go to oakland and just barley beat them but i was at this last game it was fucking GREAT with 8 mins left in the game there was only like 20% of the fans still there and probly 10% of them were bucs fans lol was a great game thanx bucs


manbearpig (October 28, 2012 at 01:13pm:

Myron Lewis and EJ Biggers are our starting corners. My optimism is fading.

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