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    drdneast

    I have read out here that one of the concepts of Smith’s defense is to leave safeties isolated in one on one coverage with WR’s.
    That might be fine if you have a pass rush putting the heat on the QB, but so far that hasn’t been the case in recent games.
    Believe me, there are very few safeties in the league who can handle man coverage on WR’s if the QB has to much time to throw.
    With that said, the defense should improve once we get our top DL back after the bye week.
    McDonald, McCoy, Ayres and maybe even Spence has made matters worse.
    As far as McCoy is concerned, I used to defend his play and attitude quite a bit but I’m beginning to believe there is just not enough fight in the big man.
    For years the defensive unit has been mired in mediocrity at best and McCoy as a supposed leader and team captain has seemed to be complacent in the units performance. If he really is a leader, he should be demanding and encouraging better play from those around him.
    This leading by example is just an excuse not to have enough courage to call others out on the field to do their jobs and demand players perform up to their abilities.
    Being a leader is more than a popularity contest and it seems like McCoy is more interested in his teammates liking him than making them accountable.
    I never used to feel this final way before because of the great Lee Roy Selmon and Merlin Olsen, but McCoy just may be to nice of a guy to be a difference maker on defense in the NFL nowadays where you really have to play with an edge, especially on defense.

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    Horse

    so far i have seen not much from Mike Smith and we’ll see in this game what’s left of himas a Coach. Poor excuses in reference to decimated; we didn’t have much to be decimated about in the first place. We have to blitz Andersen; we can’t keep pretending to have good Safeties or a legit pass russ.

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    Sorry I have to disagree with you Horse as far as the Bucs being decimated on defense. It is actually worse than that as far as the DL.
    The word decimate originates from Roman times when the Roman Army would “decimate” a population by killing every tenth man by lot as an example to the other villagers. So in effect you are losing 10 percent of your force or population.
    in the case of the DL, where the large part of the injuries are occurring, it is more like 50 percent.
    Since the start of the preseason to right now, the Bucs have lost over 50 percent of their expected players this season.
    George Johnson, Jacquez Smith. Robert Ayres, Gerald McCoy and possibly Clinton McDonald all may be missing from Monday night game.
    I don’t think there is a team in the NFL that could sustain such losses without it affecting the overall performance of the defense.
    If you could name one, I would be interested in knowing the name of it.

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    Horse

    Both teams have major injuries; one of the other differences is the Panthers haven’t wasted their draft picks as much as we have. The defensive players you have mentioned who are injured aren’t all legit starters. George Jonson has shown nothing as a starter; Jacuez Smith can’t stay healthy because he is too small; Ayres, McCoy, McDonald are starters, but seem to have bad luck with injuries and they aren’t getting any younger. You and I can go back and forth on this, but it won’t make any difference as they still have to play the game and show some heart when all isn’t going well. Other players have to step up including the coaching.

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    fredster

    Find myself agreeing with you dr D. On McCoy and also on the defense struggling mainly is because the D line is decimated. I’ve argued with you and others the guy just lacks something. McCoy is a very good defensive tackle. To me though he lacks that fire and passion like great ones. Not saying he doesn’t care or doesn’t work hard he just doesn’t hate losing enough. Just my opinion. He’s a very nice guy though.

    Not sure how anyone can blame Smith at this point for the defense after all the injuries. If safeties and CB’s still having miscues after mid season then maybe I’ll lean that way. It’s just been a mess on imjuries.

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    76Buc

    I agree with fredster. See me at the half way point and then we’ll assess Smith and his defense. For now it’s hard to make chicken soup out of chicken …. 🙂

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    drdneast

    fredster, u will be interested to know that I have come around to your way of thinking, I have posted a few times out here in the last couple of days and explained the reasons why I am no longer a defender of Gerald McCoy’s

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    horse, the “two” out of the “five” players I mentioned who weren’t starters certainly provided much needed depth, especially Smith who was a starter last year and was expected to provide a much needed rush from the edge. History suggests he was going to be able to provide it.
    The Bucs did indeed waste a boatload of picks on DL, no one is arguing that fact. But I’m not going to blame the current administrations problems on the past administrations mistakes. Politicians do that

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    Horse

    drdneast, I can agree with those thoughts. I think we both are saying just about the same thing. The older I get the more frustrating it is for me as I’m running out of time in seeing a winning mind set.

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