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October 13, 2010 @ 11:01 am
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Miller 'Disgusted' With Bucs Run-D

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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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    or maybe I'm reading this all wrong.....what if this is a super genius strategy by Morris....the Bucs make it so easy to run, that the offense gets bored and quits trying... then, when they least expect it, the Bucs pull the whammy with a turnover and TD. The bonus to his genius is that the running back is too tired from running 150 yards already to run anymore and falls down taking the handoff, so they can't make a comeback. Wow, I could never be a head coach, it's just too confusing.
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    Morris, here's another idea, have the DLine duck down low, like in the children's game "duck, duck, goose", then when the OLinemen run past, they can stand up and make the tackle (tell the DLine that they are the goose and have to chase the duck - the RB... duh! Maybe they will understand what to do then, sort of like in "The Blind Side" when Sandra Bullock told the "protect this Oompah Loompah - like you would protect C.J." story to Michael Oher)! In fact, I think you should take the DLine to see that movie instead of practicing and invite Sandra Bullock to speak to them after the movie...while I'm thinking about it, take the OLine along as well, it can't hurt.
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    If Sandra Bullock agrees to come, I'd like an invite!
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    Morris, here's my original idea to stop the run....have the whole DLine fall down on the ground in unison, rolling toward the OLine and hope that ensuing clog will cause the running back to trip!
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    J. Jones is a crappy RB, but Betts and that rookie are pretty good. The run D will be better this week.
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    Love the BUCS, but, have to say----NO DEFENSIVE FRONT (CAN'T STOP THE RUN) NO OFFENSIVE FRONT (CAN'T RUN BLOCK) Have we ever had an offensive line that could run block with authority ? I sure can't remember and I have been a fan from the start !!!!!!!!
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    Realistically, improvement is going to take time. Everyone has told us this. I've witnessed this as a player and a coach as well - line play, offense or defense, takes a while to improve. Repetition is the only solution once you hit a certain point. Technique and athleticism are certainly two key ingredients, but after that, only repetition will start to build confidence, improve reaction time, counter-moves. For anybody who's never played O- or D-line, I compare it to riding a bike or learning to ski - once you STOP thinking about it and your body starts to simply react and it FEELS natural (muscle memory), then you've got "it". Beyond the DT's specifically, it is quite true that we don't have the DE's nor the LB's to step up and "fill the gap" so to speak while our young DT's learn and improve. Against the Saints at this point though, with Reggie Bush out, I really think we actually match up well (I'm not afraid or Betts, Ivory or Jones, who was a free agent for a reason).
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    Will Julius Jones be up to speed enough to play? If so, there's another rb who could hurt us.
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    If we don't figure out how to stop the run, this game is going to be a joke. We are playing the superbowl champs. we know we can beat them because we did it last yr, but our defensive line has to have a great game. We have to stop the run, and put pressure on Brees.
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    Go Bucs! Play harder!
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    Horse, "Go Bucs! Play harder!", seems to be your new mantra. Is it because they are crappy in so many ways that there is no valuable advice that can produce a positive impact, so a general statement is all that is left? Not that there is anything wrong with that, just askin'?
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    I dont see this trend changing as the DTs are young and the DEs are subpar.
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    Not sure how they measure mistakes for the D-line. I didn't see much of Miller throughout the whole game. On many occasions, the whole line was blown off the ball and there wasn't a D lineman close to making the tackle. Wouldn't those be 'mistakes' as well...? Regardless, I hope it improves soon.
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