The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are in the midst of a not-so-idle bye week, with many roster changes happening already, and some still yet to come. But for head coach Greg Schiano, the mission of this week is to best prepare his team to defeat the Philadelphia Eagles.
The gameplan to beat the Eagles changed on Sunday when Michael Vick left his game against the Giants with an injury, and was replaced by Nick Foles. According to a local TV and Radio reporter for the Eagles, Vick is likely to sit out the Bucs game against Philly.
— Howard Eskin (@howardeskin) October 7, 2013
This is an interesting situation for the Buccaneers, who get a chance to face the Eagles team that seemingly kickstarted their awful run of games that eventually led to Josh Freeman’s benching and national media sources swarming One Buc Place in recent days.
And it was Foles, not Vick, who was under center that day. Foles had one of his best performances as a pro quarterback against Tampa Bay last year, and hopes to recreate that performance. But the Buccaneers’ defense will be motivated to shut him down, and institute the “No Fly Zone” against Foles.
The matchup of the Buccaneer offense and the Eagle defense will be an interesting one to watch, although the dynamic nature of the Philly attack has definitely changed with the change at quarterback.