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.