There are plenty of places to spread blame around for the struggles of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ defense during the team’s 1-4 start to the season.
You could blame the schedule, which has had the Bucs play three straight road games — including a short-week Thursday night disaster at Atlanta — and has had them face each of the elite QBs of the NFC South once already: Cam Newton, Matt Ryan and Drew Brees. You could blame the leadership, as first-year head coach Lovie Smith has implemented a Tampa 2 defensive scheme that, while once dominant in the NFL, has mostly become outdated and ineffective for the teams who try it. Or you could blame the talent, as some of the players relied upon to be difference-makers for the Bucs have yet to make a positive impact. Continue reading