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Tampa Bay Buccaneers must prepare for New York Jets' complex defensive schemes

TAMPA — Bucs LT Donald Penn summed up the Jets' extensive and unique blitz packages with a blast from the past.

Penn said it's like Jon Gruden is calling defensive plays, referring to the voluminous playbook of the former Bucs coach.

Recognizing and containing the Jets' deceptive, destructive schemes will play a huge role in the Bucs' chances of winning Sunday at Raymond James Stadium.

"You can't just prepare for like, 'Okay, this is what they're going to do on this front,' " Penn said. "They have so many variations and stuff they can do … out of defensive fronts."

Jets coach Rex Ryan, a former defensive coordinator for the Ravens' touted units, has New York's defense ranked second in the NFL. He said it's often more difficult for NFC teams, which don't play the Jets much, to prepare for them.

"We can give you the illusion of pressure, and it can actually be a coverage," Ryan said. "We can overload you on sides. We can run zero pressure. We can run coverage. We can give you all kinds of different looks and (make you) think you're getting it from one side, bring it from another, bring it from both sides, bring it through the middle, bring it on the outsides."

Bucs coach Raheem Morris said the schemes are staples of the Ryan family. Rex's father, Buddy, is a former NFL coach and coordinator, and his brother, Rob, is the Browns' coordinator.

"It has people coming from everywhere," Morris said. "You've got to be able to protect. You've got to be able to stand up. You've got to win your one-on-one battles."

KICKING IT: In the roller-coaster life of a kicker, Connor Barth said, Sunday was one of his lowest points. Barth went 2-for-4 on field-goal attempts, including a 36-yarder that hit the upright, during a 16-6 loss at Carolina.

But Barth, the Bucs' third kicker this season, said though he's tweaking his mechanics, his confidence hasn't wavered and he has received support from the organization.

"All the guys have said they got faith in me; the coaching staff, the general manager," Barth said.

Barth is 7-for-11, including making three field goals of 50 yards or more against Miami on Nov. 15.

"I'm going into this game like I'm 12-for-12," he said. "I'm expecting to go 100 percent the rest of the season."

The Bucs have made just 9 of 18 field-goal attempts, the league's worst percentage. Morris said the inconsistency bothers him a bit but won't affect his decisions on attempting kicks.

INJURY REPORT: TE Kellen Winslow (knee) and LB Geno Hayes (hamstring) returned to full participation for Thursday's practice. Hayes was limited Wednesday but said he expects to play. WR Michael Clayton (knee) did not practice, putting his chances of playing in doubt. CB Derrick Roberson (groin) also missed practice for the second straight day.

MISCELLANY: The Bucs signed CB Stoney Woodson, a standout at Tampa's Middleton High, to the practice squad. He was a seventh-round draft pick by the Giants in April. … The Bucs will collect new, unwrapped toys Sunday for the annual Toys for Tots drive and distribute them to underprivileged children.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers must prepare for New York Jets' complex defensive schemes 12/10/09 [Last modified: Thursday, December 10, 2009 9:41pm]
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