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Sunday, November 18, 2012

Gameday, Tampa

This one's going to be short - sorry.
First, to anyone looking for TBR - I don't know.  Maybe they didn't pay for the domain name, maybe they sold it (again), who knows.  But I don't have it.  I don't know, sorry.

here's my initial thoughts on Tampa from before the season - not a ton has changed there.

Doug Martin definitely has upped his game in the last month, so that will be a focus.

The Bucs played Carolina with one high safety all day, and expect more of that.  C1, man-free, C1 Robber (the second safety, or sometimes LB, floats free in an underneath zone to cut off the easy routes v/s man).  Barron still isn't playing that well in coverage and can be a liability, so they have to work the inside zones and the playaction.

Tampa does have the top run defense - and the worst pass defense - for stubborn reasons.  Carolina has to adjust -- a novel concept -- by using the short pass and keeping the chains moving, to go along with working the edges with Greg Olsen and Brandon LaFell.

Regarding that run defense - they're just tough as nails inside, and not easy outside.  Maybe counters would work, but I'm okay with outright abandoning the run this week.
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