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November 4, 2012 @ 9:37 pm
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PR Analysis: Tampa Bay's Defensive Game Grades vs. Oakland

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Scott Reynolds


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The Bucs defense had two sacks and three interceptions against the Raiders on Sunday. What type of grade does Tampa Bay's secondary deserve? What grade did the Bucs linebacker corps receive? Find out in this Pewter Report article.
Pewter Report's Scott Reynolds offers up his analysis on how Tampa Bay's
defense played at Oakland in the Bucs' 42-32 victory over the Raiders, and dishes out the game grades for
each defensive unit and the Bucs special teams.


Defensive end Michael Bennett was disruptive against the run and pass all game and fought off a first half injury to register his sixth sack of the season, which leads the team. He finished the game with a sack and a tackle for loss.

Da’Quan Bowers saw more playing time this week at defensive end and recorded his first sack of the season in the first half. Bowers had two tackles for loss in addition to his sack.

Bucs defensive tackle Gerald McCoy was double teamed virtually the entire game and finished with one tackle, as did defensive end Daniel Te’o-Nesheim, who drew a holding call that negated a touchdown pass. Nose tackle Roy Miller was held without a tackle.

The Bucs defensive line did a decent job of pressuring Carson Palmer in the first half, but did not sack him in the second half despite him throwing the ball 38 times.

Weakside linebacker Lavonte David was a tackling machine against the Raiders, notching a personal-best 16 tackles. David had two of Tampa Bay’s six tackles for losses, bringing his season total to a team-leading 11. David was an absolute stud on Sunday.

Middle linebacker Mason Foster and strongside linebacker Quincy Black each had five tackles and performed well in Oakland. The Raiders rushed for just 22 yards on 11 carries (2.0 avg.) and Tampa Bay’s linebackers played a big role in neutralizing Oakland’s running game.

Free safety Ahmad Black had a sensational game – easily his best as a pro. The Florida product forced fumble, but more importantly made the tackle on a Darren McFadden that knocked him out of the game. Black also alertly recovered a surprise onside kick in the fourth quarter and finished off Tampa Bay’s win with an interception – his second of the season.

Cornerback E.J. Biggers forced a fumble that went out of bounds, but was beaten by Darius Heyward-Bey on a 46-yard catch in the second quarter and by Rod Streater on a 25-yard touchdown catch. Biggers was also flagged for pass interference in the end zone in the fourth quarter, and he gave up the Raiders’ two-point conversion pass to Juron Criner. But he recorded his first interception of the season. Biggers struggled in coverage as usual, but did get into the turnover column against Oakland that somewhat made up for it.

A week after recording three pass breakups and an interception in his first start at cornerback Leonard Johnson had an interception and two pass breakups against the Raiders. Johnson finished with six tackles (five solo) and was Tampa Bay’s best cornerback on the field on Sunday.

Cornerback Eric Wright was limited to nickel situations due to an Achilles injury, but had four tackles. He had a pass interference penalty on fourth-and-2 to give Oakland a first down in Tampa Bay territory.

Cornerback Myron Lewis had one tackle, but also gave up a touchdown pass in the fourth quarter.

Strong safety Mark Barron had an okay game in terms of production, notching four tackles. His only blown coverage was a touchdown pass that was called back due to an Oakland penalty.

Free safety Ronde Barber had six tackles and two pass breakups. Palmer completed 39-of-61 passes for 414 yards and four touchdowns against Tampa Bay’s secondary, which struggled to stop Oakland’s aerial assault in the second half, but did pick off Palmer three times in the final 30 minutes of play. The great play of Black, Barber and Johnson made up for the poor play of Biggers and Lewis.

Offensive linemen Jeremy Trueblood and Jeremy Zuttah allowed Lamarr Houston to knife through and block Connor Barth’s 34-yard field goal attempt in the first half. Barth missed his second attempt, a 54-yarder as time expired in the first half.

Wide receiver Arrelious Benn was flagged for blocking in the back on a punt return, which backed Tampa Bay up to its 10-yard line. Conversely, the Bucs did a great job of punting the ball and downing it on the Oakland 6-yard line.

Linebacker Adam Hayward was flagged for roughing the punter in the first half.

Punt returner Roscoe Parrish had his best day returning the ball for Tampa Bay, averaging 15.3 yards per return with a long of 26. Arrelious Benn had his most productive day returning kicks in several weeks, averaging 29.5 yards on two returns, including a long of 34 yards.

Punter Michael Koenen averaged 38.5 yards per punt, downing two inside the 20-yard line. Six of his seven kickoffs were touchbacks. Tampa Bay’s kickoff and punt coverage was outstanding on Sunday.

Ahmad Black recovered a surprise onside kick attempt by Oakland, which was a huge play on special teams, countering a few negative plays.

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    For all those saying Biggers needs to be cut, the Bleacher Report has recently released statistics that compare the number of snaps to the number of passes completed on them and places those stats into a ratio and rate all the Buc DBs. Want to guess who has the best ratio? Yep, its Biggers! He is rated by them as our top DB. He just is not fast enough to cover the other teams deep threat, but we need him for depth. I think we need to move Tandy from safety back to DB since he played DB in college and has good speed, and give him a shot. They have been trying him at safety because he is bigger than many DBs. However, we have four good safeties and we need him right now back at DB. Price is beat up with a bad ankle and not playing his best football right now. Lewis is a real loser and should be the one cut. We also just signed a corner with some experience on a number of NFL teams when the Seahawks cut him but he does not know our defense yet and has to get up to speed first. McDonald has already shown he is not that good; but he should stay on the roster in reserve until we get Gaitor back from IR.
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    C+ for the DBs? Really? How about F? Any game where the QB throws for more than 300 yards is a D at best. I don't care how many interceptions you get. If the QB throws for 400+ yards, your pass defense SUCKS! nuf said.
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    Biggers needs to go!!!
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    According to NFL.com's stats today, Bucs are Number 1 vs. run and Number 32 vs. the pass. I realize that one of the reasons for the high number of passing yards is that teams abandon the run, but if the Bucs were even an average team in pass defense this would be a playoff team. Just so great to see the progress under Schiano. All of the ingredients are coming together to make another nice run towards a championship.
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    Didn't Bowers get his first sack last week vs the Vikes on the fumbled snap? or does that just count as a TFL?
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    I disagree about Biggers must go, as he is good for depth (he's shown he run with most teams 2nd WR or worse, just not a team's number 1 WR), but he cannot be top 2 CB on a team (should be 3rd or 4th). Also, while I love what Martin is doing, if the second half of the season plays out the roughly the same as the first half for the rookies, the ROY will go to Luck or RGIII. I think David has a better chance a Def ROY than Martin for Off ROY.
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    I hate to pick on E.J. Biggers because he is only a 7th round draft choice, tries hard and because he is usually in good position. He just doesn't make plays. That pass interference penalty on him was bogus. That said, he still isn't good enough to start in the NFL. For a while I thought he was going to be Tim Wansley and let that Carson Palmer beat one guy to pull victory from defeat.
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    @Scu- most Bucs Fans in here don't know who Wansley, Carl Carter or Wayne Haddix is for that matter, lol
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    The new coach is OK & Bucs will have a better 2nd half of the season.
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    Doug Martin easily wins rookie of the year. What a great game for the running back.
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    Scott, did I miss something in the game? We did give up 32 points and 500+ yards so something caused that to happen? I am now wondering what that was? I think it was called poor pass defense? If we lost the game I am wondering if the ratings would be the same? Just wondering? ??????
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    'Daniel Te’o-Nesheim.....drew a holding call that negated a touchdown pass.' That doesn't read right.......
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    new bucs anthem check it out go bucs!!!! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xW1oDuTiq6g&feature=youtu.be
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