After giving up 801 yard passing in two games, the most allowed by a team this season, Greg Schiano spent time working with his defensive backs as the Bucs began preparations for Dallas. The Bucs coach was very heated, barking instructions to his secondary players.
"We have to tackle better in the backend," Schiano said.
Schiano admitted this week it was a "perfect storm" that caused a 4th quarter collapse in New York. Too many defensive plays, poor play calling, a hot quarterback in Eli Manning and insufficient coverage in the secondary. Manning had 227 yards in the last nine plays of the game.
Manning beat the Buccaneers' blitz repeatedly. He was 9-for-14 for 228 yards and two touchdowns when the Bucs blitzed a defensive back. Manning threw for 164 yards of it in the fourth quarter only during blitzes, and Schiano is making a point of it at practice that the secondary has to improve.
"We are not hitting and stopping," Schiano instructed. "That's what we do in the game and a physical receiver throws our little (expletive) to the ground and runs for 10 more yards. We do it in practice, we'll do it in the game. On your feet, better, better. Why, because you can. If you're incapable, then you shouldn't be here."
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