The 2011 Tampa Bay Buccaneers, among many other problems, saw a drastic uptick in missed tackles as they fell apart at the seams and lost 12 games.
The 2013 Tampa Bay Buccaneers, in similar fashion, have seen an increase in missed tackles correspond to an increase in losses.
According to Pro Football Focus, the Buccaneers are on track for almost 140 missed tackles this season, which would be their second-worst total since PFF began tracking statistics back in 2008. The only season worse was the 2011 campaign that saw sweeping changes within the coaching staff as Raheem Morris and his crew were let go in favor of Greg Schiano.
But now it’s Schiano’s team which is crumbling on defense, and poised to post more missed tackles than any other Raheem Morris team ever did for the second year in a row. Tackling is yet another area where the 2013 Tampa Bay Buccaneers are worse than the 2012 Buccaneers, and that’s not a good sign for a coach on the hot seat.
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Clayborn is certainly a brutally honest guy, and I think he’s giving us a look into the Tampa Bay locker room with this quote. The guys just don’t have the same fight and drive as they did in a 2012 season with potential playoff implications. It’s showing in the way they tackle, and the way they finish games.
But even before the team was truly out of contention, there seemed to be a lack of execution on defense. Again, this reflects poorly on a coach who had another full offseason to get his players ready for an NFL season.
Hopefully the Glazers consider the poor tackling and lack of passion as negatives when they consider a three-game winning streak against poor defenses as a positive when evaluating Greg Schiano’s time as the coach of the Buccaneers.