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October 14, 2012 @ 5:46 pm
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PR Analysis: Tampa Bay's Defensive Game Grades vs. Kansas City

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How did the Bucs secondary grade against the Chiefs? What grade did Tampa Bay's defensive line and linebackers get against Kansas City? Find out in this Pewter Report article.
Pewter Report's Scott Reynolds offers up his analysis on how Tampa Bay's
defense played against Kansas City in the Bucs' 38-10 victory over the Chiefs, and dishes out the game grades for
each defensive unit and the Bucs special teams.

Tampa Bay’s defensive line did a very good job of shutting down Jamaal Charles and the fearsome Kansas City running attack. Charles, the NFL’s leading rusher, was held to just eight yards on seven carries at halftime, and finished with only 40 yard on 12 carries. The Chiefs had only 80 yards rushing on 30 carries (2.7 avg.) and the defensive line played a huge role in that effort, although the stats don’t show it.

Defensive end Daniel Te’o-Nesheim and defensive tackle Gary Gibson each had four tackles and a tackle for loss. Te’o-Nesheim almost had his first career sack and might have played the best out of the linemen. Defensive end Michael Bennett had two tackles and starting tackles Roy Miller and Gerald McCoy each had one tackle. Miller had a pass break-up at the line of scrimmage.

Tampa Bay’s defensive line failed to record a sack, but got significant pressure on quarterback Brady Quinn, who completed 22-of-38 passes for 180 yards with two interceptions.

Tampa Bay’s linebackers were free to make plays thanks to the great effort from the defensive line. Weakside linebacker Lavonte David tied for the lead in tackles with eight, and also had a tackle for loss. Middle linebacker Mason Foster finished with seven, and strongside linebacker Quincy Black had a season-high six.

The speed of the Buccaneers linebacker corps didn’t allow Charles to get outside or rip off any breakaway runs. In fact, Charles’ longest carry of the day against Tampa Bay’s defense was 22 yards. The linebackers played a big role in holding Kansas City’s offense nd zone and to just three points on Sunday.

The Bucs secondary broke up seven passes by Chiefs QB Brady Quinn and intercepted him off twice. Free safety Ronde Barber picked the ball off Chiefs running back Dexter McCluster’s back and raced 78 yards for a touchdown in the third quarter to break the game open. That touchdown was his ninth career pick-six, including the postseason. Barber also had seven tackles and two passes defensed.

Strong safety Mark Barron recorded his first NFL interception on a pass that was deflected and intended for tight end Steve Manari at the Tampa Bay 19 to kill a potential Chiefs scoring drive. Barron tied for the team lead with eight tackles, two tackles for loss and a pass breakup.

Eric Wright had four tackles and two pass breakups and did a great job of holding Dwayne Bowe three catches for 21 yards. E.J. Biggers, who started in place of Aqib Talib at left cornerback, had a pair of tackles and a pass breakup. Nickel cornerback Brandon McDonald had two tackles and dime cornerback Leonard Johnson had a pass breakup.

With the Bucs coming into Sunday’s game with one of the worst-rated passing defenses, the secondary stepped up and held the Chiefs to only 180 passing yards, which is a season-low for Tampa Bay.

Barber partially deflected a Dustin Colquitt punt in the first quarter, but that was the extent of Tampa Bay’s highlights on special teams. Connor Barth saw his consecutive field goal streak of 25 straight kicks end after he missed his first attempt on Sunday, a 55-yarder in the second quarter that hit the upright. Barth made a 27-yard field goal in the fourth quarter to increase Tampa Bay’s lead to 24-10.

The real catastrophe on special teams came from punter Michael Koenen, who had a fourth quarter punt get blocked in the end zone by running back Shaun Draughn. Instead of falling on the ball in the end zone and only surrendering a safety, Koenen picked up the ball and tried to throw it at the 1-yard line, only to have the pass picked off by linebacker Edgar Jones, who scored on an 11-yard fumble return for a touchdown. The reason why it was not labeled an interception return was because a blocked punt cannot be passed forward.

Koenen averaged 53 yards per punt on the ones he got off, but had a net of 31.7.

Tampa Bay’s return game continued to struggle as Roscoe Parrish failed to fair catch two punts that resulted in Tampa Bay getting backed up to its own 2-yard and 6-yard line on two occasions. Parrish returned three punts for 21 yards, an average of 7.0 yards per carry.

Arrelious Benn had two kick returns for 36 yards, averaging only 18 yards per return.

Fullback Erik Lorig also had a block in the back penalty in the fourth quarter that resulted in Tampa Bay starting a drive at its own 15, and linebacker Dekoda Watson jumped offside on a punt.

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    I agree with macabee and billbyrne. I've been harping on the poor special teams and lack of depth (which affects the special teams) since training camp...Cuteras missing his block on the punt that turned into 7 for KC is a good example. I'm still not sure why they cut Smith as a KR. CBs are really hard to find, but that position and a big TE who can catch passes and block seem to be high priorities for the team next year.
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    Don't get too carried away with Biggers having a good game. I like Biggers, but I like him because he did what quality back-ups should do - play seamless football when in rotation or subbing for the starter. We will be a playoff caliber team when when we have that kind of off-the bench depth at all positions. Whether we keep Talib or not is up to Schiano and I trust his judgement. But Biggers is not the permanent answer at the position. We need a solid cover CB from the 2013 draft next year. Jonathan Banks, Dee Milliner, Xavier Rhodes, David Amerson, or Jordan Poyer - let Schiano pick the best one!
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    I think E.J. Biggers (DB) and Gary Gibson DT) had great games against a very good offense. Biggers needs strong consideration to permanently replace Talib, after his four game suspension is complete. The offense is starting to come around and the defense is beginning to play to their potential. Our special teams, (return teams) needs a lot of work. As the coaches and players get comfortable with each other, the BUCS are clearly going to become a team that no team will want to play, as the season goes on!!!
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    The main reason the D-Line did not get sacks is that Quinn ran a short and quick passing attack. Yet they were in his face and results were self-evident. It's a team game and when your opponent fails to score an offensensive TD and when your defense has the second best game of the week, I say give everyone an A.
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    It's always Ronde! The interception was right in front of me yet I still didn't see it unfold very well. I thought the receiver caught the ball and was tackled. Next thing I see is Ronde streaking down the sideline. The only thing I could conclude was that Ronde just picked it off of the receiver's fallen body. There weren't a lot of "splash plays" on defense and they never got close to Quinn, but the entire unit played as one.
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    I'm pretty good with these grades for the most part. Think that the d-line grade should be a bit higher, and the secondary grade a bit lower. The secondary came up with splash plays, but honestly, had the Chiefs' receivers had hands not made of bricks, we would have picked off 0 passes. The coverage was soft today. Personally, I would switch the D-line and Secondary grades. The line didn't produce much in the way of splash plays, but our guys took up blockers admirably and freed up the rest of the D to make plays in the run game. I agree on the special teams grade, although penalizing Barth for missing that kick in swirling winds is follishness. Nobody's perfect ALL the time.
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    I'm glad that our defense is showing signs of life and has a bright future, also nice to see Barber pad his hall of fame stats, I think #95 is better than Roy Miller and needs to start yes I don't know his name, lol
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    JonG #95 is Gary Gibson, and he is good at getting penetration sometimes, but he isn't better than Roy Miller. Miller takes up multiple blockers on running plays. Even though Miller doesn't penetrate as well as Gibson does he does a great job of freeing up the Linebackers to make plays.
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    Great to see E.J. Biggers step up and redeem himself, and he is sure tackling a lot better this year too. Thank goodness we kept him. Even Quincy Black played very well in this game, now that he is healthy this year. Our Defensive Front did great today despite missing two of our better linemen this year to injury. And ageless Rhonde Barber's career has been lengthened by his moving to safety, and he stepped up again this week! Now, if our offense can just continue playing at the level they did in the second half, we should be competitive the rest of this year.
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    Eric Wright looks like he was worth the money. He is looking a lot better than Brandon Carr that who Dallas signed for 20 Million more.
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