Fixing Pass Defense Is Off-Season Priority For Tampa Bay Buccaneers

By Andy Schmidt
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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers had a bunch of struggles on defense during the 2012 National Football League season. Tampa Bay was the worst team in the league against the pass but was the best team against the run. It is obviously a double-edged sword for the Buccaneers who must improve their pass defense especially in a division where the other three teams love to throw the ball around. It is going to be up to players like Da’Quan Bowers and Gerald McCoy to help lead the defensive line even more to sack the quarterback so Tampa doesn’t get torn apart through the air.

There is no excuse to be giving up nearly 300 yards a game through the air and now with Bowers in trouble with the law for having a handgun in his luggage, things may not get better next season. If Bowers does make it onto the field more in 2013, he is going to need to perform a ton better than just three sacks. McCoy is a beast on the inside and everyone knows it. McCoy is a great run-stuffer which is why Tampa was first against the run, but it may be time to get some other pieces on defense around McCoy to help this pass run.

Ronde Barber is also getting up there in age and won’t be around too much longer. Tampa Bay did draft a safety in Mark Barron last season and while Barron had 72 tackles this past season, he only had one interception. That must change if this Buccaneers team wants to turn their 7-9 season around and make the playoffs in 2013.

Andy Schmidt is a columnist/writer for RantSports. Follow him on Twitter @ASchmidtSports, like his Facebook page or add him to your network on Google.

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