The Tampa Bay Buccaneers kept Giants quarterback Eli Manning from lighting up the scoreboard like he did last week in New Orleans, but it wasn’t their pass rush that gave him fits.
The Bucs failed to register a sack for the first time in eight games this season and only recorded two quarterback hits on Manning. Tampa Bay’s lack of production keeps the defense at 17 sacks on the season.
That quarterback capture total puts the Bucs in the middle of the pack, statistically, with the rest of the league. Things could certainly be worse. The defense that left Raymond James Stadium with the win also couldn’t bring down Bucs quarterback Jameis Winston and remains stuck at an NFL-worst nine sacks.
But Tampa Bay’s struggles generating pressure and getting to opposing passers continues to frustrate Bucs fans. Offseason additions haven’t produced the impact team management had hoped for and five defensive linemen finished Sunday with 16 total tackles, two quarterback hits and a deflected pass. Defensive end Will Gholston led the front four with seven tackles and defensive tackle Gerald McCoy recorded just a single tackle for the second straight week.
Injuries didn’t help the situation Sunday against New York. Defensive tackle Clinton McDonald went on the injured reserve this past week and defensive end Jacquies Smith was inactive because of an ankle injury.
Helping fill in for Smith was defensive end Howard Jones, who earned his first professional start but failed to crack the stat sheet. Jones’ play has earned praise since his two-sack performance against Jacksonville in his first regular-season appearance, but his three sacks over four games also represent all three of his tackles.
You said it all Eric. It’s all about the DL at this point in time. We’ll get this fixed in this coming draft. Go Bucs! Get those Cowboys!
I would like to agree with you Horse, but we need more than a DL. We need a bunch of DB’s also.
Sterling Moore made our secondary look good, if the d-line plays like they did first half of the Redskins game every game the team will look good all around. Weak performance by that group today. Hopefully we can come back up against the Cowgirls…
I agree with Ronald. Our DL definitely needs help, primarily at DE. But even more dire is our secondary. Our pass coverage tonight was very soft, and it’s been arguably our weakest position for the past how many years now? I’d say ever since we traded away Talib in 2012.
Manning was getting the ball away quickly and content to throw short passes to often uncontested receivers. That left our defensive linemen with little time to get to Manning. Also, I don’t recall seeing any safety blitzes, corner blitzes or any LB rushing the passer. Very conservative defense on this day. But I will say, Moore and Barimah fared better than their predecessors. Seems to me that more off-season focus will be on the back end. Anyone recall who we got with that measly 4th round pick we acquired for Talib? And don’t forget, we got nothing for some guy named Revis. As Charlie Brown would say, “good grief.”
The 4th round pick we got landed us either Spencer or Gholston. I always forget which because it doesn’t matter, they’re both backups on a lousy defense, thus not being worth Talib. On a side note Scubog, when I pointed out when we met during training camp that Mike Jenkins has the calves and ankles of a safety not a CB thus affecting his agility, his performance this year is what I was afraid of! 😉
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