By Kyra Hallett
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ main mission against the Dallas Cowboys is to stop Tony Romo.
What the Buccaneers are Working on
Buccaneers defensive coordinator Bill Sheridan said it the best: “When you give up the amount of yards we did the other day, it makes you rethink a lot of stuff.”
After last week’s game versus the New York Giants when they could not stop the passing game, the Bucs’ main mission is to bring pressure to the quarterback and add better coverage. That is not only the mission for this week, but weeks to come.
Head coach Greg Schiano said, “We’re not pressuring the quarterback or covering well enough.”
He continued saying the reason for this is play selection. They need better technique and coaching to get them to do it consistently.
“We have to coach them better and they have to play better,” said Schiano.
Tackling is also an issue, but not the main one. While it has to improve, it has gotten better. The main mission is more pressure and coverage.
The Bucs will also continue to run the ball. Schiano said the team needs to run better and run when they want to. He knows that the Cowboys will have a say in this, so the Bucs have to identify what defense they are in.
How the Bucs will Handle the Cowboys
Tony Romo is a “dangerous quarterback, especially when he extends plays, strong arm on the run,” said Schiano. “The Bucs have to try to keep him in there. They will mostly throw till we can stop them.”
Sheridan said the Bucs must challenge Romo. “He’s gonna move and try to throw down field. He’s a nightmare because you want to put pressure on him but also corral him.”
That can be hard to do at the same time. The Bucs will pressure him, but they have to keep in mind that they must keep him in a box. They don’t want to give him a chance to extend the play and find an open receiver down field. Sheridan even compared him to Brett Favre in this regard.
Other players the Bucs need to look out for are Dallas wide receivers Dez Bryant and Miles Austin. Schiano said they are big guys and good players–they will be a handful. Another tough player is linebacker DeMarcus Ware. Schiano feels that he is one of the best pass rushers and one of the best players in the NFL. He is productive and is consistent, relentless with incredible pass rush technique. Schiano respects the way he plays.
One Tampa Bay player mentioned a lot in Wednesday’s post-practice press conference was safety Mark Barron. Sheridan said he is excited and encouraged at what kind of player Barron will be. He has great character and is doing an excellent job. Schiano said that Barron has shown that he can be a quality NFL starter. He makes plays and can cover but will get better. That is the exciting thing about him, he can be a fabulous player.
Schiano’s main mission Sunday is to “identify and execute.”
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Kyra Hallett is a freelance writer and a Multimedia Sports Journalist. She has experience covering Tampa Bay sports in many outlets including Examiner.com. Her dream job would be to work with the athletes and their fans. You can view some of her work at KyraHallett.com or here at Examiner.com.