Buccaneers Round Table: Which Bucs team is the real one?
Which version of the Bucs is the real version? Week 1 or week 2?
Hmm… Do I take the optimistic road or do I step off the ledge into the abyss?
We as fans would love to assume week 2 was the anomaly, but looking a the games again could give you pause.
The Buccaneer defense was lights out week one against Mike Glennon and the Bears. Creating three turnovers and holding their offense to just 7 points. However there is no other coaching staff in the league that knows Glennon better than the Bucs staff. They know his tendencies, strengths, and limitations. Buccaneer defensive coordinator Mike Smith put together a perfect game plan and his defense just about executed it to perfection, but having so much insider information was luxury that the Bucs won’t have again this year.
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When the Buccaneers second game rolled around, all fans could talk about was the beat down that the Bucs defense was about to put on Case Keenum. Keenum had beaten the Buccaneers the past two years while starting for the Rams and with such a dominate performance from their defense week one Buc fans were out for blood. True our defense was missing some key starters but Keenum had looked less than pedestrian the previous week in Pittsburgh and our pass rush was going to make him uncomfortable all game.
Keenum threw for 369 yards and 3 touchdowns while easily guiding the Vikings to a 34-17 win. The Bucs pass rush was nonexistent and their corner backs couldn’t cover the vikings receivers on short or long routes. The rush defense that gave up only 20 yards the week before yielded 125 vs Minnesota. The cherry on the top is the fact that the defense also missed more tackles than you have finger on your left hand.
So you tell me Buc fans.
Is our team the shutdown defense only when they have inside information about the opposing quarterback?
Is ever other quarterback going to pick us apart like pulled pork?
Both scenarios seem unrealistic and the final answer is somewhere in the middle, but after just two games nothing is for certain.
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