The Buccaneers defense on Sunday could accurately be described as inconsistent. They had three interceptions, but no sacks. They forced 13 third down situations, but allowed New Orleans to convert six of them. They had an 11-point lead, but let it slip away in the fourth quarter, losing in over time 37-31.
Overall, self inflicted wounds, underlined by 15 penalties for 113 yards halted any progress or chance to come up with a season saving win in New Orleans.
Following the game, members of the Tampa Bay media spoke with linebacker Danny Lansanah about the defensive performance.
“Coach emphasizes that every week in practice,” Lansanah said of getting turnovers. “We have to take the ball away and give our offense opportunities and short field advantages and that’s what we did.”
The 29-year old from UConn contributed seven tackles including a momentum shifting 33-yard interception return for a touchdown.
While that play highlighted one of three key turnovers, it was eventually suppressed due to their inability to come through on third downs.
“We have to get off the field on third down,” Lansanah dismally said. “That’s a big thing. We have to get off the field on third down and get the ball back in our offenses hands.”
The Saints offense is second to none – especially at home. No matter what the deficit is, you can never discount Drew Brees and company. But after a loss in this fashion with so many self inflicted wounds, it’s hard to move past the missed opportunities.
“They were clicking on all cylinders man,” Lansanah said. “Drew Brees is an elite quarterback and he had the offense rolling. But like I said, we have to find a way to stop teams like that and give our offense the opportunity to win the game.”
Zach is entering his 3rd year covering the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as a writer for PewterReport.com. Since 2014, he's handled a large part of the beat reporting responsibilities at PR, attending all media gatherings and publishing and promoting content daily. Zach is a native of Sarasota, FL, and a graduate of the University of Tampa. He has also covered high school football for the Tampa Tribune and the NFL for Pro Player Insiders.
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I think the emphasis on stripping the ball is working against the Bucs. Many times I’ve seen ball carriers gaining extra yards on us because defenders are trying to get the ball lose, instead of getting the runner on the ground. I also think it’s odd that David for as good as he is doesn’t have a pick, and Lansanah has two. David has been compared to Brooks, but doesn’t have the nose for the ball in the passing game that 55 had.
I’m more worried about the fact that Lansanah is a SLB so offenses can take him out of the equation by taking out an extra TE or FB and playing an extra WR. Also, with Lansanah’s size and playmaking ability he should be training at MLB so we can get our 3 best LB’s on the field. I’d rather Casillas (sp?) be on the field than Fletcher.
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