The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have experienced a role reversal of the most unexpected kind in team history. A franchise once known for its stout defenses in the Lee Roy Selmon age from 1979-1982 and during the Monte Kiffin era from 1996-2008, now sees its defense ranked 31st in the NFL after surrendering 900 yards in the first two games of the 2009 season after the team's 33-20 loss at Buffalo. The only defense rated worse than Tampa Bay's is Houston's.
The Bucs are tied for 28th in run defense, allowing 168 yards per game, and ranked 27th in pass defense, allowing 282 yards through the air.
As a team, Tampa Bay is allowing an average of 33.5 points per game. Because Buffalo scored a defensive touchdown, the Bucs defense is allowing 30 points per game as a unit.
By contrast, Tampa Bay's offense is off to a great start in terms of total yards. The Bucs offense is ranked fourth overall in total yardage with 803 yards. Tampa Bay's rushing attack ranks 13th in the league and is averaging 115.5 yards, while its passing game ranks sixth in the NFL and is averaging 286 yards.
Scott Reynolds is in his 25th year of covering the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as the vice president, publisher and senior Bucs beat writer for PewterReport.com. Author of the popular SR's Fab 5 column on Fridays, Reynolds oversees web development and forges marketing partnerships for PewterReport.com in addition to his editorial duties. A graduate of Kansas State University in 1995, Reynolds spent six years giving back to the community as the defensive line coach for his sons' Pop Warner team, the South Pasco Predators. Reynolds can be reached at: firstname.lastname@example.org