Last Thursday, Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan threw for 286 yards while completing 21-of-24 passes en route to a 56-14 blowout over the Bucs. This dominant performance came four days after Rams QB, Austin Davis racked up 235 yards passing, going 22-of-29 in and Carolina’s Derek Anderson, putting up 230 yards in Week 1.
Dashon Goldson, part of the Bucs coverage struggles, was approached on Monday by members of the media asking if the defense has played too cautiously.
“No we’re doing what were coached to do,” Goldson said. “We had a couple of breakdowns. Those guys (Atlanta) just made plays man.”
Whether or not that’s the case, the numbers don’t lie. The Bucs defense has allowed an overall completion rate of 77 percent through three weeks, and the challenge won’t get any easier against Pittsburgh.
Coming off a big 37-19 win at Carolina Sunday night, Steeler’s quarterback, Ben Roethlisberger was able to complete 22-of-30 attempts. When asked about facing Pittsburgh, Goldson was quick to point out their offensive ability, and the importance of matching their team’s success.
“I mean playing against those guys, Roethlisberger’s one of the big names in our league, and he’s been doing some great things throughout the years,” Goldson said.
“I’ve seen some preseason games, and the first game they played this year, and they looked pretty good. They have good wide receivers, the backs are running well, and they just came up with a big win against Carolina. We have to go out there and try to do the same.”
Head coach Lovie Smith talked about some of the secondary breakdowns recently.
When a pass is completed, normally, [it is because of] not a great pass rush and the coverage isn’t good, whether it is zone or man,” Smith said. “That’s where we were at (Thursday) night. We were in positions where we were one-on-one, couldn’t make a play with it. It’s a combination of a lot of things. When that happens, you have a game like that, and it did [happen] (Thursday) night.”
Goldson was asked about the frustration that comes from starting a second straight year on a losing streak (0-8 in 2013). To no ones surprise, he answered with the same “toughness” mentality that the locker room has stressed these past few weeks.
“I’m tough, I can handle it,” he said. “Tough times don’t last, tough people do, and I’m still a firm believer of that. I’m still here standing. I love to play this game, so I’ll continue to fight.
“You can ask everybody; we want to get a win from the top of the building all the way down. It’s an important game because it’s another game on our schedule.”
Goldson said he that the Bucs will keep grinding and try and get things corrected as soon as possible.
“We’re going to keep doing what we’re doing and focus on the good things that we do and correct some of the bad things and just continue to get better. That’s all that we can do at this point.”
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Secondary is not all to blame, with NO pass rush look for the Buc’s to be 0-6 at the buy week. Tedford being out for a undermanned amount of time this is going to get pretty ugly.
What’s a “buy” week?
You don’t have to be an A$$ about a misspelling.
You get that when you’re out for an “undermanned amount of time”.
It is something my wife has every week.
Let em catch it, hope you hit em hard enough (if at all) and they drop it….. Wow, it’s gonna be a long year if we dont take some chances in the secondary while waiting for the DL to get some pressure.
They don’t coach the secondary to not cover guys in end zones or at at the sticks for first downs. Of course, Goldson has been doing this since last year, so it’s nice to have his experience in blown assignments….
Without a serious pass rush Tampa two is a total failure…We have no rush and basically no defense…Our players are going to look bad when it is the fault of a coach’s poor choice and coaching of a now outdated and useless defensive system..Lovie is bringing a wooden stick to a gun fight with this Paleolithic defensive scheme…The bleeding will not stop and we will end up winning a couple of late season pointless games that will do nothing but screw up next years draft order for the Bucs…it happens almost every year with the space pirates…
You have to fit your scheme to your players . Not trying to put square pegs into round holes!
Right! No rush and pass coverage breaks down.
But you can’t cover from 5 yards behind the receivers!
If Johnson is back; it should help a lot. I hope he is ready to go and fired up! We can’t blitz the QB as he is too smart and will find a target. I would push forward and forget about the long sweep around the OT’s. I believe this will be a closer game. I am surprised no QB picked up yet?
Hope you’ll forgive me for this one Horse, but I just can’t help myself here. On the ” I believe this will be a closer game” statement. Are you sure you wanna put yourself out there like that..?
I’ve got your back Horse. I believe the team will play better than it did vs the Falcons. Hard to play worse in all phases than that display. But I do think the players who were embarrassed by that lambasting will come out with a little more fire in their bellies. Something that was missing during that beat down. If not, and we see another wilting, those with their heads down should be shown the exit. The Bengals seem to be doing just fine with the supposed thugs they draft. Talib and Blount doing quite well too.
Excellent point I’ve said for awhile now that this team lacks a get in your face, nasty type of player that holds players accountable. This team is talented but theres no fire from any of our leaders and thats a problem.
It all depends on our defensive line. If we have to play our backups again, it will be bad. Look at how the second stringers played all preseason – no pressure, poor vs run – and that’s what we’ll get until McCoy / Johnson get back.
I have all but had it with the excuses from these defensive players. Last year Schiano’s blitz and man coverage scheme wasnt the answer and they blamed loops and stunts as to why we couldnt consistently pressure the QB. Now Lovie puts them in the scheme they claim fits best and we still cant get pressure or stop passes. Maybe its time to replace the players who continue to make excuses and find some that make plays. This zone scheme is almost identical to the one run in Seattle they just have superior talent. Face it Goldston and Barron dont fit together we need a ballhawk to pair with barron not another in the box safety. This team is close but without Clayborn and Bowers still looking like the bust hes been we dont have the front four to successfully execute the defense we want. Lovie is starting to bring in guys that get after the QB and expect that trend to continue in the offseason and in next years draft. Hopefully we can get Marriota in the 1st next year and let Lovie address the defense with the remaining picks. Last year we blame scheme but this year its painfully obvious that its just the players.
Stlbucsfan: Every point you made is exactly on target. Goodson’s reputation is as a hitter, not the center fielder that’s needed. Now that he’s stopped getting nasties, he’s no longer even a hitter. The pass rush has ALWAYS been what made the Tampa 2 work…no pass rush, no stopping the pass. Still too many “busts” on this team for it to be successful. I agree we need to try to get Mariota AT ANY COST…At least he may be able to make up for some of the poor pass protection by the O-line.
For all the spelling critics, I meant Goldson, not Goodson!
Where are the Sapps,Rices and Lynchs of the modern Bucs? our D has no edge,attitude or swag.We could benefit from a few thugs in the mix or at least a few players that really love knockin the crap out of the other teams defense..It seems like we have a group of well mannered family guys who play it safe~ where are the poppers,the guys wanting to drop the hammer?
thats offenses~damn spell check BS..
Goldson needs to worry about keeping his job for next year. Hes been a MAJOR dissapointmetn.
It seems that the fans aren’t listening to the people who know. Derrick Brooks said it takes time to learn this defense and that it will take time for everything to come together. Remember how Dungy started. Can’t tell me this team is not comparable in talent. Heck, we had Dilfer as our QB.
Yea but this is atrocious. no excuse for this piss poor performance. Not being able to stop the run. no excuse. you play your GAP!! thats it.
I expect the score to be closer this week as well, not that I think that we will play any better, but that the Steelers will run the ball so much that it will eat up the clock and not allow enough time to score 56 points.
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