Kings against the race
February 27, 2022
It’s starting to encroach on the territory reserved for the Bucs of the glory years with Warren Sapp, Derrick Brooks, John Lynch and Ronde Barber.
There’s no doubt that Bucs defensive coordinator Todd Bowles has a strong focus on stopping the run. He wants to turn opposing offenses into one-dimensional passing attacks.
In the NFL of another era, that was almost always a winning formula. Today’s NFL, however, is a passing league. So, does it make sense to push teams into pass-only mode? It’s an interesting subject and the only easy answer is, if you have high school to cover, then yes.
Last year, the Bucs didn’t have that kind of secondary. Largely due to injuries, teams found a way to expose the Bucs in the air. While you can’t use injuries as an excuse against the Rams in the playoffs, Matt Stafford put the Bucs’ pass defense aside.
However, it is a good thing to be excellent in an area of defense. And the Bucs aren’t just good at stopping the run, they’ve been dominant in stopping the run since Bowles showed up at Tampa Bay.
The Bucs’ defense for the past three seasons has led the NFL in rushing yards allowed per game and rushing yards allowed per rush. It’s quite impressive.
Now, if the Bucs can tighten passing coverage, the Bucs defense could possibly lead Carson Wentz and the Bucs offense to the playoffs.
Please don’t start Joe on Teddy Bridgewater on this beautiful Sunday.