We know every week we’re going to face a good opponent – in this case a great opponent – so it’s a big challenge for us.”. Jets in December, will serve as the Buccaneers defensive coordinator for new coach Bruce Arians. Todd Bowles in Reason No. But OC Kubiak has always had great skill giving running backs some nice lanes. Why play prevent defense. White and David are the Swiss Army knives of Todd Bowles' No. They were a top ten D. The last few games they have probably been bottom ten, albeit without Vea. What happened to Devin? Cousins exploited Devin White in pass coverage. He also is a good tackler and plays sideline to sideline with good instincts and those qualities are why he could make the Pro Bowl as a first year player. Green Bay came in as the NFL’s highest-scoring offense, putting up 38 points per game, and Aaron Rodgers was playing as well as he had ever been in his slam-dunk Hall of Fame career. Bowles came in and automatically improved the defense … Got a little too into his own Pro Bowl hype. The Bucs defense recorded six sacks and contained Vikings running back Dalvin Cook enough, while quarterback Tom Brady threw two touchdown passes in the win. We got an awful lot of picks back there already. Chris Spielman leaves FOX Sports to work for Detroit Lions, Watch: Cleveland Browns' bettors take mind-blowing bad beat, Watch: Justin Tucker kicks 55-yard field goal to lift Ravens over Browns, Watch: Lamar Jackson comes out of locker room to throw TD on fourth down, Watch: 9 rushing TDs in Ravens-Browns equals mark set in 1922, Your California Privacy Rights/Privacy Policy. Under Bowles, a defense that had been in total disarray was playing with discipline, confidence, and bravado. The Bucs rank first in FO’s defensive metrics, and they’re quite a ways ahead of the Steelers, a formidable defense as well, who place second. Todd Robert Bowles Position: DB 6-2, 203lb (188cm, 92kg) Born: November 18, 1963 in Elizabeth, NJ. The Bucs made Rodgers look like a Division II rookie who was trying to get the snap count together in garbage time of a preseason game. The defense was on the field way too long in the first half. DE Patrick O’Connor also had a career high with 22 snaps (28 percent). “Too bad he can’t revive White’s coverage skills.” He was the Browns' defensive nickel package coach from 2001–2003. We need to sign or trade for some proven NFL quality DBs, Allbuccedup Says: Both David (No. December 14th, 2020 at 11:32 am I don’t think Sapp can afford to waste beer at this point in his life. Gave up 15 yds total on 3 runs he stopped and 34 yds on 6 passes he was involved in the tackles on. Is good to see Bowles rotating guys in and out to give them a breather. “Revive” implies that it existed in the past! How did they do it? 2 BIG STATEMENTS STATEMENT 1. …and here’s Mr. White, ready to match his battery mate in running back erasure. This time around, the Bucs defensive coordinator and former Jets … Todd Bowles on Versatility of Bucs Defense | Press Conference ... DC Todd Bowles spoke to the media on Thursday ahead of the team's Week 12 matchup vs. the Kansas City Chiefs. Neither does Rodgers. The Bucs made Cousins look like the 2010 version of Josh Freeman, as he ran for five times for 41 yards. That’s not ideal, and the Bucs’ run defense was gashed by Dalvin Cook, as well.”. That sounds like a pretty good day at the office in that regard. There are five defenders at or near the line of scrimmage pre-snap. Rodgers completed … The Bucs were lucky. For a long time, this defense had shut down a long list of running back beasts, including Derrick Henry last season. The Bucs defense was one of the best in 2019 and the team is now riding that unit and the play of Tom Brady into NFC title contention in 2020. TAMPA, Fla. -- Big changes are coming to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers ' defense in 2019. We have no idea. This sack of Rodgers with 3:41 left in the first half comes out of a really interesting front and blitz package. So, it shouldn’t be that much of a surprise that in an NFL that is seeing scoring and passing efficiency like never before, Bowles is the guy who’s put the league’s one consistently dominant defense on the field. I remember one drive I. If they both leave whats BA going to do. At the snap, both White and David take off for the quarterback. Bowles wasn’t able to get it done with a team that seemed to be in the middle of endless rebuilds and salary cap bleeds, but he’s always been a great defensive coach, and Arians had no doubt about that. Yeah white was picked on. If they both leave whats BA going to do. Agree with those who said we had too many missed tackles (again), and gave up a lot of rushing yardage to Cook. How many we gotta draft? He was the defensive backs coach for the New York Jets in 2000, Cleveland Browns in 2004, and Dallas Cowboys from 2005–2007. 45 is a significant liability in coverage and his gap control has been marginal for weeks now. Now, he’s in his second year under Arians in Tampa Bay. Continuity 'Encouraging' for Bucs Defense According to DC Todd Bowles Buccaneers Defensive Coordinator Todd Bowles is returning mostly the same group of … There are many reasons why the Buccaneers have the NFL’s best defense. So, it shouldn’t be that much of a surprise that in … Devin White and the corners are holding the team back from being a top 5 defense. Derrick Brooks he ain’t, for sure. After losing his job with the Jets, he's spent the last two years Home Smart play-calls by the Vikes, and since Cousins hits 2-of-every-3 passes, the odds were decent that they’d make at least 2 of those conversions. Hidden by the Bucs’ 26-14 victory was Todd Bowles’ defense getting gutted and gashed in various ways yesterday. The pass defense was rated as the 24th-best pass defense in the league (15.8%), while the run defense was 11th (-12.7%). Joe would counter by saying Cook was shut down five times this season, but not yesterday. Tampa’s defense has forced six interceptions and have 15 sacks when blitzing this season, leading the league in both cases. Their defense ranked dead last in the NFL in Football Outsiders’ opponent-adjusted efficiency metrics under defensive coordinators Mark Duffner and Mike Smith. Our D line is out there a lot and plays in spurts. . College: Temple (College Stats) Weighted Career AV (100-95-...): 38 (2755th overall since 1960) High School: Elizabeth As Player: 8 Yrs More bio, uniform, draft, salary info There are ways to ‘mask’ his limitations and max his ‘downhill’ abilities. Hopefully we won’t see Freddie Kitchens. So, it was a four-man pressure, but in a very different way than Rodgers may have expected. So, it was no surprise when Arians tagged Bowles once again to be his guy on the other side of the ball. There are new coaches with their own schemes to execute. In the end, it wasn’t even close. “We’re more worried about what we do and think we can do to win as opposed to worrying about the opposition. Be merciless (and creative) with the blitz. Through Week 3 of the 2020 NFL season, Tampa Bay ranks 4th in the NFL in total defense… Defensive Coordinator Todd Bowles inherited a defense that ranked 27th in the NFL in 2018. Todd Bowles, who last left an NFL field as head coach of the N.Y. Kudos to Ndamukong Suh & Shaq Barrett especially for playing tall yesterday; together they were 2 human wrecking balls. . The defense had a true up and down day — big highs and big lows. Draft all corners in the first four rounds of 2021 draft. Letting a team convert on fourth down 4 TIMES is unacceptable, at least from a playoff caliber defense. There saying now Todd Bowles is one of the top head coaching candidates. Kirk Cousins is an underrated, underappreciated QB in the NFL. In 2018, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers has a serious defensive problem. Shaquil Barrett, a five-year reserve pass-rusher for the Broncos before he signed a one-year, $4 million deal to play on Bowles’ defense, all of a sudden led the NFL in sacks with 19.5. Joe will start at an unexpected place: Kirk Cousins rushing for a career high. Bowles has an impressive combination of defensive linemen, edge defenders, and linebackers that he will deploy in devilishly different roles, and he makes it very tough for opposing linemen and quarterbacks to get a sense of protections, because it’s hard to know who’s lined up where, and who’s doing what. Correction 28 days since they won, again just glad to see a win. “Bowles would be better off using White as a pass rusher then ever putting him in coverage.” On some of Cook’s early runs especially was wondering why White or LVD wasn’t there to stop him, but maybe Bowles was giving up a little on run defense to gain some on pass defense based on what he’d seen Minnesota do in past games. 1, and as long as he’s calling the shots, every offense playing these guys are going to be in for a very long day. He was the defensive coordinator and secondary coach at Morehouse College in 1997, and the defensive coordinator and defensive backs coach at Grambling State from 1998–1999. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have seen some marked improvement on defense since Todd Bowles took over as coordinator heading into the 2019 season. Just good to see a win, it has been 21 days since they won their last game. White looks awful. To put that in perspective, Minnesota’s Eric Kendricks, who may have been the league’s best linebacker in 2019, had 42 stops all season. IMO 35 is never mentally prepared to play. I am sure if we win out Leftwich will be also. In an earlier post, we discussed Dan Quinns defense. I am far from being any kind of football expert, but what I noticed was a lot of missed tackles, poor tackling, and just slow pursuit. Joe took the long route here to note a major change in the Bucs defense yesterday; there was unprecedented rotation along the Bucs’ front line. Here was the yards-to-go on those 4th down conversions: 1, 6, 6, 5 & 13. This was a typical responsibility for middle linebackers in the old Tampa 2 system. Force confusion with different defensive front concepts. That is on our DC. I agree withy you 100%. This has Rodgers moving to his right with uncertain reads, and all Suh has to do is roll off the protection, and go pick up the prize. What Bowles has done with the Buccaneers defense … Probably but that is more due to their skin tone – allowing teams to qualify under the Ronney Rule – than their coaching ability. I am sure if we win out Leftwich will be also. Please check your email for a confirmation. He is getting exposed and is not a complete player, by any stretch. Joe will start at an unexpected place: Kirk Cousins rushing for a career high. Bowles could emerge as a head-coaching candidate after the job he’s done defensively in Tampa Bay. The Bucs didn’t just get to Rodgers with blitzes and stunts — at times, they presented impossible combinations of four-man pressure and back-seven overage that both frustrated Rodgers in his reads, and forced him to make out-of-structure movements that put him in harm’s way. That’s accurate. “We have to play our game,” Bowles said last Thursday of Rodgers and the Packers. Todd Robert Bowles was born on November 18, 1963, somewhere in Elizabeth, New Jersey, USA. In the 1st half, Vikings attempted 6 third-down conversions: made 2 by running, threw incomplete on 2 and failed on 2 because of sacks. >Of course, the pass rush was a game-changer with six sacks, and it was evidence of why Joe is always screaming that pass rushers are more valuable than inside linebackers. Overall marginally good use of the 5th overall pick all things considered. Hidden by the Bucs’ 26-14 victory was Todd Bowles’ defense getting gutted and gashed in various ways yesterday. Bowles tested their talent and communication with consistent games up front, including T/E stunts that freed up Shaq Barrett for two critical sacks on Sunday. The last time this happened, Bowles was in his second year as a defensive coordinator under Bruce Arians in Arizona. Bowles is one of the NFL’s best in terms of getting an offense to think about his fronts in one way, while he has an entirely different plan. Bucs New Defense Will Be 'Versatile' Todd Bowles and the Buccaneers' new coaching staff has a lot of work ahead evaluating the roster and shaping a new defense… also don’t mention Burn no one except FSU fans talking about him had him blowing up like he is. The tackling was awful. After the play, Rodgers can be seen yelling at everyone unfortunate enough to be in his general vicinity. LB/edge rusher Anthony Nelson had a career high 36 snaps, which represented 46 percent of the Bucs’ defensive snaps. 9 for 20, no matter how you parse it. You cant rest on big stats early without looking at the trend to not being able to stop anybody. And here’s the thing about Bowles’ multiplicity in fronts and coverages — if you don’t have linebackers able to do multiple things with discipline in the middle of the field, all that other fancy stuff tends to fall apart. The goal-line stand preserved a 20-14 victory for Tampa Bay and epitomized the improvement the Bucs defense has made under Todd Bowles. ___________________________________________________. Todd Bowles enters his second season as defensive coordinator with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2020. I bet Brooks and Sapp were both cussing and throwing beers at their TV’s. Fair statement Joe, But at the same time Josh Allen in Jacksonville currently only has 2.5 sacks on the year. Say what you want about CDavis n his game against the chiefs THill, but he’s aggressive, alert, can hit to be a corner and is always around the ball. Besides it was late in the game & they were behind; what’d they have to lose? Bowles has always been more than happy to blitz with alacrity — something Arians also prefers when it’s not happening to his quarterbacks — and this season, it’s working like a charm. At the urging of Defensive Coordinator Todd Bowles, the Buccaneers' defense let it loose. back to Dean, with his size and speed he should be dominating put he’s a clone of SMB and is passive. Doctor Stroud … “Devin White was dropping back in zone coverage a lot of the time”. why is he not coming out in passing situations is scary to me. “Minnesota was 9-of-20 combined on third- and fourth down. CBs and safeties look like they are not up for the challenge. White HAS the speed, has to be a technique problem, We definitely miss Vea……our tackling was terrible…..I warned that we needed to contain Cousins…..they didn’t listen…. Tampa Bay is playing two-deep, and they’re also dropping both David and White into hook/curl responsibilities at the seam and at the numbers. The Vike OL were prolly coached to let the DL determine which side he’s going, and push him in that direction. Hodad Says: . I’d love to know if someone got sucked leaving the middle of the field open for those QB scrambles .. and if it was something spotted on film by the Vikings OC … if so better now than later. Todd Bowles | Early Life. I saw the same thing a number of times, but only saw him blitz a couple of times. The Bucs run defense has been elite — and still is — so Joe has a very high expectation. Someone on the Vikings offensive line opened some nice holes for Dalvin Cook. I feel if we played the Vikings twice a year, we would show much better than we did yesterday. Left tackle David Bakhtiari and left guard Elgton Jenkins double right defensive end Ndamukong Suh, running back Jamaal Williams whiffs on the cross-block of David, and David gets to Rodgers just before Barrett can. I’m not sure why it continues because that’s not White’s strength, although he seems to be practicing to get better. doctor_berto Says: Matt Campbell, Iowa State head coach: Campbell won at Toledo before winning at Iowa State, and he earned Coach of … In the 2nd half, Viking attempted 9 third-down conversions: made 1 by running & 2 by passing, missed on 1 by running & 4 by passing, plus failed on 1 because of a sack. He's brought in former New York Jets coach Todd Bowles to try to fix the defense, which has converted to a 3-4 scheme being built around the 6-foot-1, 237-pound White. Watching Minnesota’s kicking woes combined with referee calls (multiple) going the Bucs way was eerily familiar to recent years at the den of depression…nice change. Per NFL Next Gen Stats, Rodgers completed just three of 12 passes for 28 yards and two interceptions, and he was sacked three times, against Bowles’ blitz packages. Draft a pass rusher in the 1st Round in the 2021 Draft. Todd Bowles could make a strong case as the best coordinator on either side of the ball in the entire NFL, and his unit’s performance so far this season continues to reflect well on him. The first was a Cook run; the others were completed short passes to Conklin, Jefferson & Thielen, 3 pretty good receivers. Bowles would be better off using White as a pass rusher then ever putting him in coverage. In particular, Todd Bowles brings an aggressive and adaptable scheme that should improve the Tampa Bay Buccaneers defense drastically. In a 38-10 thrashing, Rodgers, who came into the game with 13 touchdowns, no interceptions, and just three sacks, completed 16 of 35 passes for 160 yards, no touchdowns, two interceptions, five sacks, and a quarterback rating of 35.4 — the third-worst of his career. GO BUCS!!! I guess he keeps hoping White will get better with practice. Todd Bowles’ name has surfaced yet again as a potential head-coaching candidate. They were dominated for so much of the game by the Vikings, but then the Bucs D came out of the phone booth and played like superman to close out a win. Notice that as Rodgers heads to the center, just one defender — left end Jason Pierre-Paul — has his hand down. He had 4 catches for 39 yards, so the Bucs defense did something right. Sort of how he keeps hoping our DBs will eventually get better at running his zone schemes. Looks like our defense stood tall on 3rd down conversions Joe. Right before the snap, Ndamukong Suh puts his hand down at nose tackle. It would also help if our offense didn’t spend the entire 1st quarter every game going 3 and out, leaving the defense on the field for wayyyyyyy too long. In 2019, Bowles took the Bucs’ defense from 32nd to sixth in FO’s defensive metrics. Both guys made impact plays, and Nelson typically does when he gets a chance. If there was one test that was going to expose any weakness in this defense, it was going to be the Sunday matchup against the Packers. Todd Bowles doesn't sound in much of a hurry to take another shot at being an NFL head coach. So, is this a two-man front with everyone else in coverage? You'll now receive the top Touchdown Wire stories each day directly in your inbox. How many other teams you think we can beat when we lose the TOP battle 40 to 20? However, there aren’t any publicly available information regarding the Defensive coordinator’s father. And that yardage did not come from one big-gainer. In the end, we started horrible again and figured out how to win against a team that we are better then – and that is a team that had won 5 of the last 6. Zimmer is a risk-taker when it comes to 4th downs & I applaud him for that; it paid off yesterday (No risk-it no biscuit?). Vikings made all but the last one (that’s the one where Cousins fumbled on their last drive & JPP recovered). And after watching the shellacking that Tyreek Hill and the Chiefs offense put on Todd Bowles‘s defense, particularly in the opening quarter, it’s fair to say that Andy Reid had the Tampa Bay defensive coordinator’s number that day. Instead they came on fire in the fourth and were determined to win instead of wilting because of too many minutes on the field. That’s not ideal, and the Bucs’ run defense was gashed by Dalvin Cook, as well. That move by O’Conner to get that sack was amazing and came at a great time. Todd Bowles played scared defense, straight up. It would surprise me if it wasn’t just the result of the lob sided time of possession in the first half. Bowles’ defense jumped from 12th to 6th in overall defense with a 6% decrease in total yards allowed. Under Bowles, a defense that had been in total disarray was playing with discipline, confidence, and bravado. Only the Steelers and Ravens have blitzed at a higher rate than Tampa Bay’s 41.4%. https://touchdownwire.usatoday.com/lists/how-buccaneers-dc-todd-bowles-created-the-nfls-best-defense/. To me that is way more valuable despite 45’s problems in coverage. Jamel Dean’s pick-six was one. @AlteredEgo: The D misses Vea. Com on BA get creative on defense. Bowles’ squad finished as the 15th-overall defense in the league, giving up 343.9 yards per game. He clogged the middle and held his ground. For whatever reason, Bowles is not doing it. After two early scoring drives, that defense settled in, and the Packers were given nothing the rest of the game. He was born to the mother, Jon Bowles. Its our secondary that causes me panic attacks..and some of the tackling. What I was impressed with Joe was how the Bucs defense held the Vikings to 5-for-15 on the 3rd down conversions. His unit might face their greatest challenge yet Sunday, when they host Aaron Rodgers and the undefeated Green Bay Packers. 45) are more than athletic enough to perform well in coverage (as we have seen), but their primary assignment was to take Packers running back Aaron Jones and tie him in a knot wherever he went. The Bucs gave up the 29th-most points (28.1) and … Bowles played under Arians when Arians was the head coach at Temple, and he hired Bowles to be his defensive coordinator when he became the Cardinals’ head coach in 2013. I realize Kirk Cousins is a close second to the GOAT and all but….. Bowles was protecting the secondary there was a reason Minnesota didn’t take alota downfield shots. Who fired them up? 54) and White (No. I think that he is more suited to be around the line of scrimmage chasing down running backs and QBs, but Bowles/Arians are the guys who get paid to make these decisions. Cornerback Jamel Dean came in as a third-round pick out of Auburn and showed that he could hang in the NFL right away. It was a thing of beauty watching the Defense actually take over late in the 4thQ. Vikings made 3 of their 3rd down conversions by running & 2 by passing, but the Bucs stopped them on 1 running attempt, 6 passing attempts plus had 3 sacks. When the team replaced head coach Dirk Koetter with Bruce Arians, Arians made one of the more astute free-agent moves he’s made in his estimable career — he called Todd Bowles, who had been let go by the Jets after a four-year 24-40 record as their head coach. His ‘averages’ on those tackles weren’t great, but they weren’t all that bad either. Heck, even do-not-dare-take-me-off-the-field Jason Pierre-Paul had fewer snaps than he did against the Chiefs and Rams. So what can we expect from this new defense? Minnesota was 9-of-20 combined on third- and fourth down. Todd Bowles. . He was the other edge on the board. Sunday’s blitzing diversity was highly effective and there were enough sound snaps from the back-7 in pass coverage, a reason some of those sacks happened. I think the secondary played better because they had 32 in there instead of 35. JDean would’ve gotten toasted had he been available. Hopefully we won’t see Freddie Kitchens Bowles’ defense made MVP candidate Aaron Rodgers look like a rookie, holding him to just 160 yards and no touchdowns. GO BUCS!!! 3-ranked defense, and are arguably as big a reason the Bucs are 5-2 as Tom Brady. The amazing thing to me was our Defense did not wilt in the fourth quarter with how many minutes they had to defend before that quarter. I will tell you the biggest problem with the Bucs defense: Outside the d-linemen, no one on this team can tackle anymore! The movement makes #69 hesitate & allows David (#54) to get to his run through, From a Bear Front this gaps out David's fit & he can run w/ flow, Plus, #54 is a FREAK‼️#GBvTB | #ArtofX pic.twitter.com/4YNcfh6hCK, — @The_Coach_A (@The_Coach_A) October 20, 2020. The Red Mirage, Who’s coming, and who’s backing out? You will rarely see Tampa Bay’s defense give an opponent the same front concept two plays in a row — especially in passing situations. Todd Bowles, Buccaneers defensive coordinator: See above. The other DL sans Suh try to push their guy one way or another and opens a middle lane for the QB. Sign up for the Touchdown Wire newsletter to get our top stories in your inbox every morning. That is NOT how you win games in January…. WHite is a liabilty in covg. Of course, the pass rush was a game-changer with six sacks, and it was evidence of why Joe is always screaming that pass rushers are more valuable than inside linebackers. Not great, but not gross either. This was clear of a couple of the middle scrambles/QB draw plays. He does that to everyone. I wrote about Bucs linebackers Lavonte David and Devin White in this week’s Secret Superstars column, because they comprise the NFL’s best linebacker duo by far, and they don’t get nearly enough credit for it. Interestingly Zimmer didn’t go for any 4th down conversions in the 1st half, only in the 2nd half, AFTER his FG kicker had already missed 2 FGs on 4th downs. To their credit, they seem to rise up when they need to. First, Bowles talked about how the defense overall is stressing more fundamentals now, and he noted there was a little too much focus on what opponents have been doing. I’m of the opinion that Anthony Nelson needs to put on 30 or 40 pounds and tries to be the next Will Gholston, a DE instead of OLB. Devin White was dropping back in zone coverage a lot of the time. Will they get interviews? White had an off game. I don’t think we’ll see Matt Ryan take off and run as Cousins did. The Jets defense has been suffering from an outbreak of square pegs located in round holes, but with Bowles at the helm, those pegs can be rounded into form to fit nicely into his scheme. We try to concentrate on us. Bowles had Shaq Barrett rushing inside a little and the line rotation was real. It received such a positive reception that I wanted to look at Todd Bowles defense, one of the other candidates the New York Jets are heavily considering for the open head coaching position. LD54, on the other hand, had some nice plays in coverage. I heard all week how Justin Jefferson was gonna eat the Bucs secondary alive. We need to get creative and keep Mike Edwards in and also Cockrell because SMB often seems lost, out of position, confused, and miss tackles or just flat out a poor tackler. Drew Brees is the wrong guy to just let him pick and choose what to do. This Ndamukung Suh sack near the end of the first half was another. He’ll bounce back against Atlanta. After retiring as a player, Bowles was a member of the Green Bay Packers' player personnel staff from 1995–1996. But our front 4 gives it their all and then some. This is just like when Mike Smith was here. Bowles put together as impressive a defensive game plan as I’ve seen in a very long time, and the hallmarks of this game plan are hallmarks of what’s made this defense great all season long. Between them, per Pro Football Focus, David and White combined for 13 stops against the Packers. Particular where they had back to back throws right To White and got a score. Too bad he can’t revive White’s coverage skills, I feel like they have up the run yards because they are trying to protect the secondary. Whoever is still talking about Bowles or Leftwich being HC candidates clearly isn’t watching this team — neither should be on anyone’s short list. That’s accurate. No idea. Cornerback Jamel Dean’s 33-yard pick-six with 12:50 left in the first half — the play that Arians later said turned the game around — was brought about in part because of pressure games. If you have to worry about the opposition and then yourself, that’s two birds with one stone. But Joe, it’s Dalvin Cook. Yet on the day White had 7 solo tackles & 2 assists, with most of those (7 of the 9) coming in the 2nd half. Could it be number 45 who they had voted to be their Captain provided their motivation to win in the fourth quarter. Despite Win, Bucs Defense Remains A Mystery ... Todd Bowles’ unit continues to mystify me and perhaps you, too. Got to get off the field. But….our secondary shut down Thielen & Jefferson…..less than 40 yards each….no deep stuff…Cousins kept drives alive with short stuff to the TEs…..Several of their drives took lots of time off the clock. There saying now Todd Bowles is one of the top head coaching candidates. The Bucs defense definitely remains a work in progress, which makes it all the more impressive that they’re a top-10 defense. In the end, Pierre-Paul, Suh, and right end Shaquil Barrett rushed. It’s a bear front concept with linebackers Devin White and Lavonte David (more on them in a minute) as the edge defenders, and Shaquil Barrett, who’s normally an edge-rusher, working in the middle linebacker spot. Start every day with our most popular content waiting in your inbox. Our defense held the Vikings to 5-for-15 on 3rd down conversions, but let them go 4-for-5 on 4th down conversions. Be number 45 who they had voted to be his guy on the way! 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