2016 Q1 Offensive Drive Report
Opposing Offense vs Bucs Defense
Gm Team Drives Plays Yards RZ Pts 40 + yard Drives 50 + yard Drives 60 + yard Drives 70 + Yard Drives 80 + Yard Drives 90 + Yard Drives Totals
1 Atl 12 67 360 4 24 2 1 0 1 0 0 4
2 Ari 12 67 410 5 34 0 1 3 1 0 0 5
3 LA 12 61 338 2 30 0 0 0 3 0 0 3
4 Den 13 66 318 4 27 1 0 1 0 1 0 3
Total 49 261 1426 15 115 3 2 4 5 1 0 15
Average 12.25 65.25 356.5 3.8 28.75 0.75 0.5 1 1.25 0.25 0 3.75

Although the points per game allowed looked disastrous, many of those points scored were under 30 yards or less to go for the opposing offenses.

RECORD:  1 -€” 3

2016 Q2 Offensive Drive Report
Opposing Offense vs Bucs Defense
Gm Team Drives Plays Yards RZ Pts 40 + yard Drives 50 + yard Drives 60 + yard Drives 70 + Yard Drives 80 + Yard Drives 90 + Yard Drives Totals
5 Car 11 60 435 3 14 0 1 1 1 1 0 4
6 SF 12 67 283 2 17 0 1 0 1 0 0 2
7 Oak 14 88 549 3 30 2 2 1 3 0 0 8
8 Atl 11 73 462 5 43 0 1 0 2 2 0 5
Total 48 288 1729 13 104 2 5 2 7 3 0 19
Average 12 72 432.25 3.3 26 0.5 1.25 0.5 1.75 0.75 0 4.75

Against lesser offensive teams, the defense can hold. Against higher level potent teams, it seems as though the flood gates opened up.

RECORD: 2 -€” 2

In the Oakland game, the Bucs’ defense was one play short of winning the game. Instead, it not only gave up a touchdown, but saw four more Raider drives for a total of 26 plays and 171 yards. A sum of 8 long drives was given up to the Raiders in five quarters, but only 30 points were given up.  (I say only 30 points because I already know what occurred in the following game!)

While in the second Atlanta game, only five long drives were given up, but 43 points were allowed.

Considering how dominant the Bucs’ defense was in the Carolina, San Francisco, and first half of the Oakland game, maybe fatigue set it?

The Bucs lost two games in 10 days, with the first game going into overtime with the defense being on the field for 44 minutes. In the second game, the Bucs’ defense was on the field for over 33 minutes. Maybe it is expected the defense becomes fatigued during the game. In fact, Atlanta was running no huddle early in the game to tire out DT Gerald McCoy.

Out of sheer curiosity, I wanted to compare defensive line pressures for the Oakland and second Atlanta game.

Bucs Dline Pressures
Games 7 and 8
Raiders Bucs Falcons Bucs
Sacks 2 2 3 2
TFL 7 2.5 4.5 5.5
QB Hits 7 3 8 8
Pass Defended Stats
PD 7 7 4 5
Off Plays 88 71 73 70

Now that is an odd identification. The Bucs defensive line had the same amount of pressure as the Falcons defensive line, but a far, far outcry in points allowed.

It is quite possible that fatigue did set into the defense. But DC Mike Smith did nothing to help out his tired corners.  Why?  Here’s a snippet from the latest Pewter Report’s SR5 edition:

If it looked like cornerbacks Vernon Hargreaves III and Brent Grimes were gassed in the fourth quarter and in overtime of Tampa Bay’s 30-24 loss to Oakland -€” they were. The 31-year old Grimes and Hargreaves, a rookie, each played 93 plays on Sunday, which was 99 percent of the snaps on defense.

When asked about not subbing Hargreaves or Grimes for a couple of plays or a series, Bucs head coach Dirk Koetter defended his team’s stance on not substituting on defense.

“No, there’s no thought about that,” Koetter said. “They play. … They’re your best players, your best players play.”

Grimes and Hargreaves played 70 defensive snaps, or 96% of the defensive plays against the Falcons.

Here is what I do not comprehend -€” Mike Smith will rotate players on the defensive line as much as he can.  Yet, he will not rotate in Alterraun Verner nor Johnthan Banks.

Koetter must be trusting DC Mike Smith just a bit too much because Koetter will not put WR Evans out on the field for every snap. In fact, Evans was on the offensive plays for 62% of the time against the Falcons.

Conclusion

Of the four games in the 2nd Quarter report, the Bucs defense gave the offense a chance to win in three out of the four games. They managed to only win two from the possible three games. The Atlanta game is just one game -€” a despicable game to watch, but only counts as one loss.

And out of the eight games played so far, the Bucs’ defense has been blown out three times by the Cardinals, Broncos, and Falcons. Denver and Arizona rank 5th and 6th overall in points per game allowed in the whole league before any Sunday games are played, 17.0 and 17.5 points respectively. Atlanta’s defense is ranked one above the Bucs’ defense at 28th overall with the Bucs at 29th, 28.8 and 29.0 points respectively. Offensively, Atlanta is ranked 1st overall in scoring per game at 33.9 points. Oakland is ranked 6th overall in offensive scoring per game at 26.9 points. Your Tampa Bay Buccaneers are at 18th overall at 22.5 points per game scoring offensively.

The defense is performing better between the two quarterly reports such that it is giving the team a chance to win, despite giving up a lot of yards. Yet, not rotating players in the secondary in a long game on a humid, hot day in the Oakland game followed by the same tactic in the Atlanta game on a short week sounds so… Lovie-esque.

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