Bucs TEs O.J. Howard & Luke Stocker - Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR
We’re three weeks in and the Bucs almost have all their bases cover for how you go about a football game. They’ve had a blow out victory, a blow out loss and a last second finish.
But, there were parts to the Bucs win over the Giants on Sunday that were even more dominant than their win over the Bears in Week 2.
Here’s what Pro Football Focus had to say.
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I know you covered the Vernon angle in your Cover 3, but something has to be done about his play and usage in this scheme. I think he’s better than these numbers suggest, but his play also can’t be ignored. Teams are just attacking him relentlessly and Brady will be no different. The Cooks matchup will be important on Thursday.
Also, I felt McClain starting over Javien seemed a bit of a homer “my guy” pick by Smitty & Dirk. He’s going to be stressed again against the Pats. Hope he rises to the occasion.
Yeah it seemed as Elliot was having a great camp and pre season. Not sure why the switch.
Elliot made some boneheaded decision in pre season. However, McClain seems a step late and struggling as a nickel CB.
Elliot with younger legs has more upside.
I think Grimes had something to do with it too.
Sure. They’re picking on him because Grimes is on the other side. We just need him to play better and soon.
People are very impatient.
Ronde Barber had zero passes defensed in his first three seasons as a starter (as a rookie he only played in one game, no starts) … then in his fourth season as a starter, wham! 24 PD!
Brent Grimes only had 6 and 13 PDs in his first two seasons as a starter (like Ronde, no starts as a rookie) … then in his third season as a starter, wham! 23 PD!
It takes awhile for very good CBs to develop. More than one season in the league, for sure. The good news is that qualitiy CBs seem so enjoy relatively long NFL careers, unlike, say, running backs. Ronde played 16 seasons, and Brent is now in his 11th season in the league.
Naples, I’m not impatient. I’m aware that after QB, CB is probably the hardest position to learn as a rookie. Saying he needs to be better isn’t giving up on him. That said, it can’t be denied that his play, combined with the scheme is not good enough. He’s very important to our defense. I believe he’ll come good. And since you brought up Ronde, here are a few PD stats from top CB’s their first 2 years:
Sherman – 17 & 24
Ramsey – 14 & 5 already this year
Peters – 26 & 20
Talib – 9 & 15
Peterson – 13 & 16
Janoris 14 & 14
Rhodes 10 & 18
Just a sample of how good corners don’t always need a year or two in the league to develop. Vern was drafted in the 1st to be elite. I hope he gets there.
Roots – since you brought those other guys up, don’t forget that VHIII defensed 10 passes in his rookie season … greater than, equal to, or close too 5 of the 7 guys you listed. And Sherman had the benefit of playing behind one of the best front sevens in recent memory, a Super Bowl winner and a Super Bowl loser. Everybody knows that when the front seven are destroying quarterbacks, it simply opens them up to throwing passes to the defense. Considering how poorly we’ve done in rushing the passer this season to date with our front seven – one total sack so far in three games – then it’s no wonder the quarterbacks have been feasting on our DBs.
Agree Roots with everything!!!
These are the kind of games that are gold for Jameis. Driving the team down the field patiently in the last two minutes to set up the win. It was great to see him work the clock like an old pro. It’s a strange feeling, as a Bucs fan, to not fear that last long drive at the end of the game, now that Jameis is in command.
Big one for the team and Jameis. I didn’t realize he had already had 6 game winning drives. Make it 7!
I didn’t know that either, CG… Wow.
Jameis played very well in the Giants game. We need him to do likewise on Thursday or we won’t stand a chance.
True, but I was fearing the place-kicker, which was nearly as bad! Can’t wait till we need to fear neither!
Good marks crossed the broad. It appears our good friend pink is literally the only person that thought Grimes had a bad day. Allowing ODB to only catch two balls while in coverage is special. AS for Mccoy, he would’ve probably had a sack or two as well if he wasn’t consistently held every other play. My goodness one play the offensive lineman was cloths-lining him right in front of the ref and no call. Despite his limited sack numbers, he’s playing very well. If we had a serious defensive end, Mccoy would be even more special. Have to get one in next years draft. We’ve avoided that position for too long.
Not only was McCoy mugged with uncalled holding calls but so was Ryan Russell.
Good analysis Trevor. I also liked seeing Evans out there at Safety; appears they are steadly letting him play a little more each game. Was I the only one who thought Conte was a step slow behind whoever he was covering; I give him credit for never giving up though as he is putting an 100% effort in his performance on the field.
Now I will defend 1 just reception obj13 made on vh3. the deep route when obj13 was slow to get up, it looks to me that vh3 was expecting safety help inside maybe in a cover 3 cuz he was playing the outside towards the sidelines and u can clearly see Justin Evans bite on the short route. but other than that vh3 has to play better or we can let Ryan Smith take more lumps either way we need improvement from our younger secondary players because Brent is playing really really well.
Hargreaves just isnt fast enough to cover down the field. Ideally he would be the nickel CB. I loved the way Cam Brate used and abused Landon Collins. He trucked him early on and caught the huge 3rd down to end the game over Collins as well. Brate and Winston are unstoppable
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