Greg Cosell of NFL Films joined Fan Interference today to break down the film as he does every Thursday. First off, Greg said that he was surprised by the player that Mark Barron and his skill set of doing well in man coverage while in college does not fit the way that Lovie Smith wants to play defense. Cosell did note that Barron could play better in St. Louis where they do not play a lot of cover 2.
Looking at this past Sunday, Greg says that the trend he is starting to see is a very slow offense with no speed on the outside. One of those guys that that applies to is Vincent JAckson. Greg says that at this point, he may not have been in high demand during the trade deadline due to his age and the decrease in his ability to stretch the field.
On the defense, Greg stated that it may have been a combination of both an improvement of the Bucs, along with the lack of ability of the Vikings offense. Teddy Bridgewater’s play stood out to Greg as a guy who struggled to throw the ball down the field who by NFL standards is an average thrower.
The big focal point after this week was the play of Mike Glennon. Cosell, who is very high on Glennon, says that he seemed like he was waiting too long to make the plays and that through much of the first half he was not very sharp. Cosell says that he has not played great football, but some of that is a byproduct of being stuck in a very slow offense.
Another issue the Bucs offense has run into has been the lack of ground game, and Greg says that the issues that you obviously run into is the down and distance problems that the Bucs have faced this year.
Looking at this week’s Bucs opponent, the Browns, Greg says that this is going to be another tough task for the Buccaneers to move the football. Mike Pettine is a coach who likes to blitz and create pressure on the quarterback. On defense, the Bucs can have some chances to stop the Browns with the Browns inability to move the ball with the injury to Alex Mack.