In last weeks opening day loss Rams quarterback Shawn Hill injured his thigh during the third quarter at home to Minnesota. This, coming after the team already lost Sam Bradford, yet again to a torn ACL during preseason now leaving some question marks for the Rams at quarterback.
According to Bucs star outside linebacker, Lavonte David, the focus for Tampa Bay will be staying true to their own strategy on defense.
“We just have to worry about what we do,” David said. “No matter who starts at quarterback, we have to be prepared for him.
“We just have to be disciplined with our drop zones, man coverage, and other things like that. We need to study film and know where receivers go on certain routes. It’s more about what we do, not what they do.”
Aside from the Rams passing game, David also realizes the threat that St. Louis’ running attack poses. 2013 fifth-round pick from Vanderbilt, Zac Stacy, was a breakout star for the Rams, as Tampa Bay saw first hand. Stacy rushed for 104 yards on 33 carries in their 23-13 victory over the the Bucs last December. Since then, David knows the importance of finishing tackles against Stacy and company, as they run tough and are hard to bring down alone.
“It’s a big challenge,” said David. They have another running back too (Benny Cunningham), and they’re both tough runners who are tough to bring down. They’re guys you have to gang tackle. Last year, they were tough to bring down, so it will be the same thing this year. We have to bring our big boy pants.”
Last week, the Rams were limited in the running game en route to their 34-6 blowout loss against Minnesota. Stacy was held to just 42 yards on 11 carries with Benny Cunningham contributing only 21 yards on 5 carries.
Mark Cook currently is the director of editorial content and Bucs beat writer and has written for PewterReport.com since 2011. Cook has followed the Buccaneers since 1977 when he first began watching football with his Dad and is fond of the 1979 Bucs team that came within 10 points of going to a Super Bowl. His favorite Bucs game is still the 1979 divisional playoff win 24-17 over the Eagles. In his spare time Cook enjoys playing guitar, fishing, surfing and family time at the beach. In addition, Cook can be found in front of a television or in Doak Campbell any time the FSU Seminoles are playing. Cook is a native of Pinecrest in Eastern Hillsborough County and has written for numerous publications including the Tampa Tribune, In the Field and Ya'll Magazine. Cook can be reached at [email protected]
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