Jan 15

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Changes on the horizon for the Buccaneers’ defense

The overall performance of the Bucs defense in 2013 was better than that of 2012. Their run stopping ability did not match the first overall ranking of two season ago but balanced it out with an improved pass defense. But where there was improvement, there was still disappointment which contributed to a 4-12 record. 

Players like Lavonte David, Gerald McCoy, and Darrelle Revis provided hope on defense that a dominant defense can soon be make it’s way back into the Bucs’ locker room. Lack of a pass rush and lots of miscommunication in the secondary prevented that from happening and while there is promise on the defensive side of the football, the unit is part to blame for the disappointing season. Defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier acknowledges the holes in his defense and suggest the team will look to the outside for potential changes.

“It definitely helps that you have two guys [Gerald McCoy and Lavonte David] who are playing at a Pro Bowl caliber, for sure, at those two key positions at the defense, there’s no question about it,” Frazier said. “But, in this game, it’s the ultimate team game, so you do need those other pieces in order to get the defense to that elite level. That will be the challenge ahead of us this offseason, whether it be through the draft or free agency, to fill in those other pieces and get the defense where we want it. But we have a great starting point with those two pieces, for sure.”

For now, it’s unclear where the staff wants the defense to be. They are still evaluating the current roster and there is still an offseason to plug in the defense’s schemes and philosophy.

One thing is clear though and that is not everyone is safe. They will get rid of the players that may not fit and bring in the ones that do — as Frazier hinted towards.

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