Defensive Coordinator: Bill Sheridan
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Fantasy Football Outlook: Last year new Head Coach Greg Schiano wanted to run the football and stop his opponents from running the football. While the Buccaneers were terrific at both, they struggled mightily against the pass (dead last in the league) and failed to rush the passer with only 27 sacks.
While they lost top pass rusher Michael Bennett (or failed to bring him back) they will look to Da’Quan Bowers to step up and make an impact in his third season. Bowers was considered a top five overall pick by many before knee concerns dropped him into the second round.
What will help Bowers and company is the additions of Dashan Goldson, Darrelle Revis and rookie corner Johnathan Banks this off-season. Banks should be a fine player down the road, but in Revis Tampa now has the best corner in football and Goldson is arguably the best free safety in the game as well.
Yes, we are going to see a dramatic improvement against the pass and rushers like Bowers will benefit more coverage sack and pressure opportunities. I think the Buccaneers are worth looking at towards the end of your fantasy draft, but you might find them as a sleeper waiver wire pickup at some point this season.
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Summer of 2012: Fantasy Projections
Pitiful, ridiculous, give me a break, these are my thoughts when I think of how this defense played down the stretch.
A new coaching staff has come to Tampa Bay and it not surprisingly getting back to basics and tough-minded play is high on the agenda.
While I’m a fan of the Buccaneers early additions in the draft being safety Mark Barron and linebacker Lavonte David, it’s hard to see this team as more than a possible late-season matchup play, off the waiver wire. This squad has a long way to go, especially playing against Cam Newton, Matt Ryan and Drew Brees, six games a year.
Summer of 2011: Fantasy Projections
The Buccaneers enjoyed a bounce back season in 2010, but the expected loss of top corner back Aqib Talib hurts this teams chances of finding fantasy relevance in 2011. Talib is in some deep water as he’s currently looking at a trial for aggravated assault, which is a felony charge. The talented corner back may win the case, but he will most likely face discipline from the league when this boils over.If Talib can get himself back on the field for the Buccaneers, they could be a sleeper defense from that point on. I love the way this team has drafted over the past two seasons as they needed to completely rebuild the front line. Last year they drafted two defensive tackles and this year they selected pass rushers Adrian Clayborn and Da’Quan Bowers to help in the pass rush.
Keep an eye on this group but don’t look to them as more than a backup defense to use against weak offenses as the season moves along. Again, they need to prove they can build on their production last year, and Talib’s projected absence should hurt the secondary, against top quarterbacks like Drew Brees and even Matt Ryan.
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It’s looking very likely that the Buccaneers will have a shot at one of the top defensive tackles in this years’ draft. That would be a very good thing because the team finished dead last against the run in 2009.
2010 Fantasy Football Outlook
2009 Fantasy Year In Review: I was ripping the Buccaneers management and coaching staff all last offseason for getting away from the Cover 2 defense. It ticked me off that a couple young cocky guys could think they could get away from the system that gave this team so much success.
In the end, I was justified by telling fantasy owners to steer clear of this mess as the Buccaneers defense finished dead last against the run and 27th in points given up.
2010 NFL Fantasy Football Player Rankings: This offseason is another story for the Buccaneers as they’ve gone back to the Cover 2 defense. I also like the fact that their first two picks in the draft were spent on bolstering their defensive tackle situation.
While this group is going through a rebuilding phase it looks like management has pulled itself together and is moving in the right direction. Don’t look for the Buccaneers to be strong this year but I wouldn’t be surprised if they are playing good football on defense in the second half of the season.
- Good Secondary
- Average On Turnovers
- Much To Prove Against The Run
- Offense Will Leave Them On The Field
More Fantasy Football Player Info About The Buccaneers Team Defense
Buccaneers Defense | D/ ST
Points 25 (27th) | Pass 207 (10th) | Run 158 (32nd) |
Sacks 28 | Int 19 | FF 11 | TD: D 2 | ST 2
Defensive Style: Cover 2 (Returning to Cover 2)
Bye Week Conflicts (WK 4): Chiefs, Cowboys, Vikings
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