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Bucs’ Woeful Pass Defense

by Staff Report on October 31, 2009

Just how bad has the pass defense been in 2009? Based on stats dating back to 1991 the Buccaneers defense has never surrendered more then nine pass plays of forty yards or more in a single season. Through seven games this year though, the defense has already been beaten deep 9 times. The last time such a feat was accomplished by opposing offenses was back in 1993 in Sam Wyche’s second season at the helm, with Floyd Peters calling plays for the defense. It was also the year free agency started, which brought the no nonsense vocal leadership an intense play of Hardy Nickerson to Tampa to man the middle of Peters 4-3 defense.

The defense is currently on pace to allow 21 pass plays of 40 plus yards in 2009, which would more then double that of the 1993 defense.

Since 1991 the team has allowed on average 36 plays of 20 plus yards per season, but are on pace to allow 43 plays of 20 plus yards in 2009. To find the last year the team allowed 43 plays of 20 plus yards you have to go back to the 2001 season, the last year in which Tony Dungy was the head coach. In all, since 1991 the team has only surrendered 43 or more 20 yard pass plays in three seasons (1992, (54),  1995, (44), 2001, (43)) since 1991.

With an average of 223 passing yards  allowed per game, it would rank among the teams third worst in terms of passing yards per game over the last nineteen seasons, couple that with 14 yards per reception which ranks as the worst such stat for the defense since 1991.

Year TotPts Rec Avg Yds/G TD 20+ 40+ 1st 1st% FUM
2009 203 114 14 223 16 19 9 70 61 0
2008 323 276 12 199 23 39 6 153 55 3
2007 270 297 10 183 18 24 7 158 53 7
2006 353 301 12 220 26 38 8 174 58 5
2005 274 275 12 197 15 41 7 148 54 2
2004 304 247 12 178 21 38 7 131 53 3
2003 264 274 11 184 16 30 6 140 51 5
2002 196 259 11 174 10 40 6 131 51 4
2001 280 273 12 201 20 43 6 156 57 0
2000 269 339 10 218 15 32 4 180 53 7
1999 235 302 11 198 11 37 7 144 48 4
1998 295 274 11 188 15 35 7 148 54 5
1997 263 325 10 209 13 26 7 155 48 4
1996 293 311 10 196 17 32 4 156 50 5
1995 335 346 12 256 19 44 8 202 58 5
1994 351 303 12 218 25 42 7 179 59 2
1993 376 300 11 212 22 36 9 152 51 5
1992 365 293 13 234 25 54 8 175 60 2
1991 365 257 12 196 15 40 5 147 57 0
Average 295 282 11 204 18 36 7 153 54 4
09 Pace 464 261 14 223 37 43 21 160 61 0

There are a lot of factors when considering the teams 2009 woeful pass defense, but it must start up front, the lack of consistent pressure by the front seven is part of the problem, add to it the lack of talent and a new scheme and it’s easy to see why the secondary is struggling.

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