The Buccaneers on Sunday turned in a defensive performance reminiscent of their glory days: Dominant and controlling. The Bucs held the league's leading rusher, Kansas City's Jamal Charles, to a season-low 40 yards -- half it coming on one play.
"They came in here one of the best running teams in the National Football League," said Greg Schiano. "I thought the guys did an incredible job. I think something like 2.7 yards per carry. If you can do that in the NFL, you got a chance to really play good defense."
"I think the biggest thing is Coach Schiano holding us accountable for everything," said Roy Miller. "When you have that, someone like that holding guys to standards. Guys feeling like we have to go do this. I think big plays and TFL's (tackles for loss) and all those things happen because everybody does their job. We expect everybody to do their job, so we can play faster and more aggressive."
The Bucs added to their league-leading total tackles for loss. The Bucs racked up 10 plays of zero or negative yards against the Chiefs.
"What you want to do as a defense is keep an offense out of a second-and-manageable," said DT Gerald McCoy. "Second and manageable is a 3-yard run on first down. So if you can put them in negative then on second down we can open up our playbook and go."
It was a season-best day for the Bucs' D -- the first time in two years that they hold an offense out of the end zone and it came one day after losing starting corner back Aqib Talib to suspension.
"Aqib is a great leader on this defense and an unsung hero," said Lavonte David. "That he went down, everyone has to get ready to step up."
The Bucs also snapped a three-game losing streak. The biggest difference was their finish in the fourth quarter. Instead of blowing a lead, the Bucs kept their foot on the gas. That was the topic of discussion on the sideline during the final 15 minutes of play.
"This is too simple. People don't want to hear this," said Schiano. "All it is, is staying focused on your job and doing it all the way for 60 minutes. I thought our guys did that and you could hear it on the sideline. It was very, very evident play this whole game. I'm very proud of the guys for doing that."
It was a feel-good game for a team and a new coaching staff that desperately needed a game to smile about.
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