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Like some have said Sullivan was a nobrainer hire. Sheridan on the other hand make me nervous. He had a talented defense a couple years ago and underacheived. My expectations are tempered for the defense, but if they stay healthy they will be ok
All I know is Schiano has said repeatedly that is front seven his defense will play downhill. I like that a lot. No more waiting for the play to come to you. These guys are going to be taught to attack the ball carrier and play downhill. I am not sure if we have all the players we need to be great at it, but it's a great change of philosophy Imo and I'm excited about it.
Quote from: Dolorous JasonMy prediction: Sullivan will look like a genius , and Sheridan will become a goat of the fans.As usual , it will NOT be a coincidence that the offense is loaded with talent and the defense is devoid of it , but so it goes for a coach in the NFL.I'll beat that goat to death if our defense looks like it did this past season.
My prediction: Sullivan will look like a genius , and Sheridan will become a goat of the fans.As usual , it will NOT be a coincidence that the offense is loaded with talent and the defense is devoid of it , but so it goes for a coach in the NFL.
What about during the season?
Although the Buccaneers have sequestered new defensive line coaches Keith Millard and Grady Stretz from the media since their arrival in Tampa Bay, PewterReport.com has spoken to a number of the team’s defensive linemen this offseason and have been tipped off about a dramatic difference in the style of play regarding that unit this year. In conversations with defensive tackles Gerald McCoy and Roy Miller, and defensive ends Michael Bennett, Kyle Moore, Tim Crowder and Stylez G. White, those veteran lineman have pulled no punches in their excitement about playing more of a penetrating style of play in their gaps instead of the read-and-react style of play under former defensive line coach Todd Wash.While no player has thrown Wash under the bus on or off the record, the defensive linemen PewterReport.com has spoken with have absolutely gushed about their brief conversations prior to the lockout with Millard and Stretz and the return to the way that Rod Marinelli used to coach the unit, which was to stop the run on the way to the quarterback.“Stop the run on the way to the quarterback” was Marinelli’s famous mantra in Tampa Bay during his tenure from 1996-2005, and was the perfect way to describe his desire for his defensive linemen to attack the gap, penetrate the line of scrimmage and be disruptive in the backfield.When asked to describe Wash’s coaching style, the players told PewterReport.com that his philosophy was more about clogging and controlling the gap than penetration. They also indicated that Wash was big on his linemen staying in their gaps and was too focused on maintaining gap integrity rather than turning the defensive linemen loose to make plays outside of their gap. That was the style of play that former defensive coordinator Jim Bates wanted, but there were some real philosophical differences between the way Wash coached the position and what head coach and new defensive coordinator Raheem Morris wanted over the last year.When Wash’s contract was up, there were conflicting reports about whether the Bucs really wanted him back or not. He was supposedly offered a contract extension, and allegedly turned it down to go to Seattle to work again with former Bucs linebackers coach Gus Bradley, who is the Seahawks defensive coordinator. Did the Bucs purposefully low-ball Wash, knowing that he would turn down their offer, which may have been simply done out of courtesy? Who knows?But everyone associated with the defense that PewterReport.com has spoken with has welcomed Millard and Stretz with open arms and is excited about the change in philosophical approach that they will bring to the table, which is more akin to that of Marinelli. One current member of the organization told PewterReport.com this offseason, “With the new talent, new coaches and the way we are going to play this year along the defensive line, you’ll see a dramatic improvement from Day One. Sacks will be up and I think we’ll lead the league in interceptions, too.”