While the Bucs are off to a 3-1 start, the team isn’t pleased with their run defense. Thus far in 2010 Tampa Bay is 30th in the NFL in run defense. On average the Bucs are allowing 143.2 yards per game and an average of 4.9 yards per carry. Buccaneers defensive tackle Roy Miller weighed in on the team’s struggles to stop the run.
“I can’t speak for everybody. I had two mistakes,” said Miller. “I gave up a couple of yards on the two plays I had my mistakes on. Just as a defense and as a unit we have to pick it up and find a way to stop it.
“Just to know that I had a part in that, that’s disgusting. Like I said I had my mistakes I had two bad plays, and one is enough. When you have an inconsistent play here and there it adds up. It is not that we don’t have the guys or the talent, we got to find a way to put it all together.”
In the last game against Cincinnati the Buccaneers allowed 149 yards rushing and an average of 5.3 yards per carry. Bengals running back Cedric Benson ran for 144 yards on 23 carries. The game before that Steelers running back Rashard Mendenhall ran for 143 yards on 19 carries (7.5 average). This week the Bucs play the Saints without running backs Reggie Bush and Pierre Thomas. In their place New Orleans is relying on veteran LaDell Betts and rookie Chris Ivory. Betts ran for 44 yards on 10 carries and Ivory ran for 39 yards on 10 carries against Arizona.
“They made a great pickup last week and he’s a great running back too,” said Miller of Betts. “So we just have to prepare for them. They have a bunch of pro bowlers on the offensive line. I know on film they are moving guys off the ball and we just have to prepare. Drew Brees is Drew Brees, and we just have to come with it.”
The only teams below the Buccaneers in run defense thus far in 2010 are the Oakland Raiders and Buffalo Bills. In 2009 the Bucs were last in the NFL defending the run allowing 158.2 yards per game.
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