"A small pocket of Bucs fans (and some radio hosts) have convinced themselves that former head coach Greg Schiano and defensive coordinator Bill Sheridan invented stunting by defensive linemen, but Cullen said the Bucs will at times use the dreaded “S” word as part of the package to get pressure on the quarterback."Lol ...veiled shot at Steve White there . I like it .
Stunts can be a good thing when used appropriately. Of course lineman will tell a coach "just let me go after my guy"...it's bravado. Ego. Who wants a defensive lineman that says "yeah....lets trick these guys to get to the QB"? In reality, sometimes you have to stunt. Never bought into that being the reason we weren't getting sacks. Our D-Lineman, McCoy aside, just aren't that good. Could be a coaching thing. We'll soon find out.
I agree Hayseed, in a perfect world you hope to not stunt, but as you mentioned McCoy was the only proven one to get pressure on the QB and I think the staff was scrambling to try and generate pressure. Every team stunts, but when it doesn't work and you get caught with your pants down so to say, it looks really bad. Gruden mentioned it on one Monday night game, I think Seahawks-Rams. that he loved the Seahawks use of stunts. Again, it seemed on numerous occasions that the Bucs were caught out of position on some stunts and allowed QBs to make big plays with their feet. But part of that was the outside guy not keeping contain. The Panthers home game was one. Sources told us McCoy went rogue to a degree and allowed Newton to escape for the run. Really in hindsight, the biggest mistake this staff made defensively in my opinion was being way too complex in the scheme. If everyone plays perfect it worked, but it didn't allow for many mistakes. Players want to play and not be overloaded with thinking and several told us that late in the season.
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