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September 19, 2012 @ 10:47 pm
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Sheridan Says Seconday Wasn't All To Blame For Giants' Success

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The Buccaneers were torched on Sunday by Eli Manning and the New York Giants for 510 passing yards in their 41-34 loss at New York. Tampa Bay defensive coordinator Bill Sheridan met with the media on Wednesday to discuss what went wrong.
Buccaneers defensive coordinator Bill Sheridan has taken nearly as much heat from Tampa Bay fans after Sunday’s 41-34 loss as the players he coaches.

After his unit allowed over 600 yards of total offense – including 510 yards through the air – many questioned why Tampa Bay's front four had little success in getting pressure on Giants quarterback Eli Manning.

On Wednesday, Sheridan took to the podium in the media room at One Buccaneer Place, and talked about the game plan, explaining why some of the strategies employed ended up backfiring to a degree.

“When you give up the amount of yards we did the other day, it makes you re-think a lot of stuff, Sheridan said. “By the same token – in order to pressure – most of the time you are going to be in one form (or another) of a one-high [safety].

“And our players understand it is never just one thing. If it was – you would correct it. But I know our front [four] takes a lot of responsibility for being accountable in regards to putting pressure on the quarterback. However you want to define pressure, their quarterback handled it well enough and was able to get the ball off before we could knock him down. The bottom line is we didn’t affect him enough. And that puts a lot of stress on the corners when you are not playing two-deep safeties."

Despite the results, Sheridan didn’t sound like the Buccaneers were planning on backing off of their aggressive blitzing schemes.

“We do mix it up and we will continue,” Sheridan said. “You pressure strategically, you just don’t randomly throw pressures out there. You anticipate the protections you are going to get and you game plan that way. You mix it up on your down and distance so they don’t have tendencies on you. There is no doubt it is stressful on the corners, especially with the skill level you see weekly from the wide receivers.”

While cornerback Aqib Talib has taken the most heat for the disaster in New York as the man he was primarily guarding, receiver Hakeem Nicks, had 10 catches for 199 yards and one touchdown, Sheridan was quick to point out it wasn’t just the cornerbacks who are to blame.

“The front seven is equally as responsible for those things and they understand that,” Sheridan said. “It is not an easy task to be out there playing on an island. When we call pressures we expect guys to execute and get on the edge of blockers and affect the quarterback. And their quarterback handled it better than we were able to put pressure on them the other day.”

PewterReport.com asked Sheridan how the Giants offensive line – even being banged up – was able to keep Manning upright during his 51 pass attempts on Sunday.

“I think some of the things we could have done to help our defensive line out was just to give them an opportunity to more conventional (and) straight rush,” Sheridan said. “We tried to game quite a bit, thinking that would be a good run-pass mix. Because on the early downs they had run [the ball] a certain percentage out of three-wide receiver (sets).

“Obviously, as the game wore on they felt they were having more success throwing the ball and it turned into a passing-fest. Their offensive line did a decent job, but our defensive line they probably would have like to have had a chance to straight rush more and not twist and game as much. I think they felt they would have had more success – and in hindsight … we probably could have called another half dozen snaps of straight rush four guys and not twist and game as much as went into the game-planning to.”

Sheridan went on to explain the dilemma the Giants offense presented.

“It is an either-or, you know what I mean?” Sheridan said. “Especially if you are playing a two-deep where you don’t really outnumber them in the box.

“If you mix your front up a little bit, and if they do hand the ball off, then you have a better chance to get the ball slowed down a little bit, as opposed to just letting your four guys scream up the field. It is a combination of scheme and strategy. But going into the game, they had a good mix of run and pass with their three-receiver grouping, and that didn’t show itself as the game wore on because they were having success throwing the ball.”

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    I couldn't understand why we kept blitzing when they weren't getting to Manning and he kept completing big passes down field. How about all those slants we kept giving up. Why give up the easier route? Why were our corners lined up in press coverage but then let them run right by without putting a hand on them? Why did we get so conservative on offense just because we had a lead? Didn't they learn from the Carolina game? If coach doesn't believe in half time adjustments it's no wonder they fired him in NY. Carolina AND NY did. We didn't look what happened. Coach Schiano and Sheridan better learn from the Giants game. When they let Josh loose, if they play every play like we're coming from behind to win look what Josh can do. He made some bad passes like Eli did but those big passes he did complete even the one Williams dropped were on the money as good as any of the ones Eli did. Coach has to SHOW faith in Josh.
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    Something that was stated by this regime during training camp still concerns me... Coach Schiano stated that halftime adjustments were overrated... Yet, in both games we have had great 1st halves and mediocre to below average 2nd halves. This is a mindset that may need to change...
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    Preston Parker has been released. It looks like the Jordan Shipley show begins today. Im ready for the change. I didnt like Parkers handling of the football, which made him a liability in special teams.
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    i'd rather lose by being too aggressive than too conservative. maybe its just my preference, but i blamed the overly conservative offense more than the overly aggressive defense. ideally, we'll see a little more balance on both this week. go bucs!
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    Bottom line to me was he didn't believe his front four could get to Manning, and he was right. Normally when you blitz the Q.B. has to get rid of the ball quick hitting short routes, that didn't happen cause the blitz could'nt get there either. I would've like to see more blitzing from the linebackers instead of the D.B.'s. Stay in dime, and keep them guessing on which two, or are both linebackers coming.
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    Where is Butch Davis....I thought the point about why the Bucs were comfortable with Sherridan was because Butch Davis was here too and he would be the real brains....maybe he is staying out of the game day play calling....and maybe he shouldn't any more....
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    All this translates to is that it's a chess match on what and when to call blitzes, games and straight rushes and the Giants did a better job, much better job than we did on "guessing" what to call and when to call it. Yes it is very complicated with a lot of moving parts but you are either capable of handling it or you get beat. Hopefully Sheridan learned something from this miserable display of defensive tactics and we will do much better against the Cowboys. I will say it here, that Sheridan was not Schiano's first pick for DC. If he does not shape up he won't be here next year.
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    Those were some excellent passes by Eli in the 4th quarter. He deserves some credit for that. A lesser QB might not have had that success in spite of the ineffectiveness of our D-line. Re[watched the game on NFL replay. We had them until that 80 yarder inside the 3 minute mark.
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    Right LordJim? Especially when he freely admit to recognizing they were obviously focused on passing, having so much success with it. You would think a defensive coordinator would say "Hmmm, maybe we should adjust to try and stop the pass a little more. Yes, our pre-game planning says they call equal amounts of run/pass, but that just doesn't seem to be happening today." I can just see the offensive coordinator for the Giants on the sidelines . . . "Yo Coughlin, this fool still thinks we're going to run the ball! Think we can get Nicks and Cruz over 150 yards? Muahahahhaha . . ."
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    Bill, when you're up by 11 points in the fourth quarter, there is no dilemma. Stop the pass and make them take five or six minutes to score, four yards at a time. If you have a half-competent offensive coordinator, he will put on another score and give you the game. The one thing you can't do is what you did.
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