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Miller calls Bucs' 30th ranked run defense 'disgusting.'



Sure, the Bucs are 3-1. But how they managed to accomplish that record is what is even more remarkable.

Tampa Bay's defense, despite investing a first round pick on defensive tackle Gerald McCoy and a second-rounder on Brian Price, is ranked last in the NFL with four sacks this season and is 30th against the run, yielding 143.3 yards per game. In three of their four games this season, the Bucs have failed to produce a sack. 

In last week's 24-21 comeback win at Cincinnati, Bengals running back Cedric Benson rushed 23 times for 144 yards.

"I cannot speak for everybody. I had two mistakes that make me sick,'' defensive tackle Roy Miller said. "I gave up a couple yards on the two plays I made my mistakes on. Just as a defense, as a unit, we've got to pick it up and find a way to stop then.

"It's disgusting. Just to know I had a part in that, that's disgusting to me. Like I said, I had my mistakes, I had two bad plays. One is enough. When you have inconsistent play here and there, it adds up. It's not that we don't have the guys or the talent, we've just got to find a way to get it done.''

The Bucs have used a rotation of defensve linemen and multiple fronts. Considering their youth, lack of continuity also has been an issue, as well as missed tackles.

"No excuses, number one,'' Miller said. "We're all learning every week and trying to put it all together. But we've got to be more consistent as an overall group. We missed a bunch of tackles last week and gave up a bunch of yards after contact.

"Everything adds up. Missed tackles, everything adds up. You look at it and it's like, "Wow. If we'd done that, if we'd fixed that thing, all of a sudden he has 90 yards. It's unfortunate that's the situation right now. We all have higher standards in our room and that's something we've addressed as a d-line this week and we're working at it.''



[Last modified: Wednesday, October 13, 2010 12:38pm]


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