It’s been a long time since Bucs’ D shined

by Gary Shelton on November 17, 2015 · 4 comments

in general, NFL, Tampa Bay Bucs

Lovie Smith finally saw a good day on defense.

Lovie Smith finally saw a good day on defense.

Tuesday, 6 a.m.

Monte Kiffin was still making defensive alignments out of salt shakers.

Jon Gruden was headed toward his final playoff game.

Ronde Barber still knew his way to the end zone.

If you're looking for a better defensive effort that Sunday's, well, that's where you turn. Of course, great defense wasn't such a rare sight in those days.

It was Dec. 16, 2007. Way back then. And the Bucs' defense turned out the sun on the Atlanta Falcons. Chris Redman got only 27 yards passing. The running game had only 106 more. The Falcons had only five first downs. And Barber had a 29-yard interception return for a touchdown.

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Cecil DeBald November 18, 2015 at 7:02 am

Regarding the Dec 16, 2007 game, Redman was the Falcon’s 3rd string QB, only put in the lineup as a starter 10 days before, but then, nobody remembers that – and nobody will remember that Cassel isn’t much – The defense was great then, good last weekend, and we won, that’s what will be remembered. I’d much rather think the Bucs are good than always believe that the opponent isn’t.

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Gary Shelton November 18, 2015 at 7:41 am

Both can be true. The Bucs lost twice to Derek Anderson last year. They lost to Ryan Mallet this year. They aren’t good enough to throw wins back. If they were a great team, you might frown over a one point win over Cassel. But for this team, I think it was a good day.

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Rick Martin November 17, 2015 at 10:36 am

Beating a backup QB who was shelving groceries a month ago doesn’t count in my book.

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Gary Shelton November 17, 2015 at 12:41 pm

I disagree. Yes, Cassel is truly awful, but if you had a draft with the two teams, the Cowboys get a lot of picks. Hey, it beats losing to a backup qb who was shelving groceries, right?

Seriously, these are the Bucs. I realize it wasn’t a playoff game, but the Bucs have lost to backup quarterbacks before (and recently).

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