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Greg Schiano not afraid to dial up blitzes for Bucs defense



It’s impossible to know exactly how the Bucs’ defense is going to look based solely on what we observe during offseason workouts. Although much of the scheme has been installed, without full speed hitting going on, there are some details that won’t be known until training camp.

Additionally, certain packages are still to be implemented in August.

But for now, a chief question facing this team is its ability to rush the passer. How, exactly, are the Bucs going to attack opposing quarterbacks?
That’s to be determined, but we know this much: they will use their share of blitzes. Even coach Greg Schiano, who typically reveals few details, admits it’s part of the plan.

“It’ll be a mix,” Schiano said. “I don’t think you want to ever be totally reliant on your down four (linemen) because no matter how good you are, there will come a day when they block it up and you better be good enough at blitzing.

“But you don’t want to ever be totally reliant on blitzing because, otherwise, you leave yourself susceptible to some other things. So, our thing has always been (having) a good mix. But I think we have some guys who can get after the quarterback.”

For evidence of Schiano’s history of using blitzes, see the story I wrote in February about the characteristics of his Rutgers defenses.

[Last modified: Thursday, June 14, 2012 4:31pm]


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