Here is the write-up: “Jamel Dean and Carlton Davis gave the Buccaneers impressive corner play on the outside this season. They ranked third and 25th, respectively, among all outside corners in coverage grade during the regular season. Only two other teams had two outside corners rank inside the top 25 in coverage grade this season.”
PFF rankings are a bit quirky but they do account for plays away from the ball, i.e., when coverage is so good the throw goes elsewhere. The write-up suggests the Bucs strength is on the corners, toward the sidelines. Of course, as we all saw last week, the weakness is in the middle, on intermediate throws, when the Bucs play a soft zone. This all suggests some creative schemes could help–the Bucs have the talent.
Also, Washington ranked no. 7 and the Saints ranked no. 21, which suggests Brady should have success this weekend–IF he is protected.
SMB looks moderately better. However, still not average.
Between SMB and Devin White I fear that’s enough for Drew Brees to capitalize on. They leave too many holes.
That and not getting enough pressure from Shaq attack.. really need the D-Line and rushers to step up.
When you add the exploitation of SMB and White, then we can see the reasons why our secondary remains porous. Factor in the lack of pass rush and it puts far more stress on our secondary. @Nobody shared the loss of Vea not only affected the run defense, but also the pass rush as Vea takes on double teams. Another factor is defensive scheming, which destroyed us in the second game with the Saints. We put Davis on an island in the second game against the Saints and we lost big despite Davis putting up a fight.
Smb is ok when he’s in the slot. I bet they simplify things for White. Deonne Buchanon who they just brought up is an interesting name this coaching staff has been with forever. I think they may trust him in the middle on early, play action downs more than the do White. I still wish we had another veteran cover guy. This group is guaranteed to have some gaffs, but hopefully they can make some plays too.