Bucs pressure on QB and tackling could improve
Two obvious areas of improvement for the Bucs is putting pressure on the quarterback and tackling.
Tampa Bay ranked last in the NFL a year ago with only 23 quarterback sacks, down from 26 in 2011. Missed tackles accounted for many of the 10-straight defeats to end last season.
Bucs coach Greg Schiano said the starting defensive line on Friday got pressure on Miami quarterback Matt Moore, who went 7-of-12 passing for 79 yards with no touchdowns and an interception. But the Bucs did not record a sack against three Dolphins quarterbacks who combined for 50 passing attempts.
“Early on, I felt like we kind of moved the guy off the spot a little bit, which is the key,'' Schiano said. "Later, I don’t think we did as good of a job and that showed. They threw for a lot of yards. Some of that was coverage, some of that was lack of pressure. But overall, I thought there was some good things.''
Schiano said the Bucs defense had seven tackles for a loss, but they also missed 12 tackles.
"You see the circuit we do every day. We work on tackling,'' Schiano said. "Although it’s not live tackling, you’re practicing the fundamental parts of the live tackle. We just need to get better. We need to do it more. So the more games we play, the better we should get. We just got done meeting with guys and pointing out, here’s an opportunity for this type of tackle and this is why we missed it. So when we practice this drill now, connect the dots. This is why we’re doing it.
"I’ve had games where you missed 18 or 20 tackles and you also had games you missed four tackles. So 12 is kind of…eh. Not good, not the worst.''