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Morris: Bucs defense needs to produce turnovers again



Tampa Bay's defense is not just missing five injured starters. The Bucs also miss the turnovers they used to create.

Tampa Bay’s defense produced 23 takeaways through the first 12 games. But in the last two games at Washington and against Detroit, the only turnover was a fumble recovery by Adam Hayward of a muffed kickoff return against the Redskins.

“I talked about it last week with our team. I talked about the missed opportunities we had in one of the games, it was kind of the focus point,’’ coach Raheem Morris said. “That’s what we can’t do. We talk about scoring and getting the ball back and the only way you get the ball back is you get the turnovers. You’ve got to be able to generate those turnovers to win those battles, to win those games.

“We’ve had too many missed opportunities the last couple weeks. We’ve got to learn how to cash in and make those plays in order to turn it into instant offense for our guys and that’s what we’ve been lacking here lately to take away from the dynamic of being the opportunistic defense that we had been early in the season.’’

The Bucs could have several chances to take the football away from the Seahawks Sunday. Seattle is a minus-9 this season in turnover ratio and quarterback Matt Hasselbeck has been intercepted six times in his last three games.


[Last modified: Friday, December 24, 2010 12:39pm]


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