By Leo Haggerty


Yes, the title is what would be referred to as an alliteration.  For all you non-English majors, that occurs when the same letter or sound of the first word is followed by words of the same letter or sound.

Well, enough of the online Language Arts education for the day.  Let’s move to Football 101, shall we?

Had a chance to ask a question of three members of the Bucs defensive unit.  They were Defensive Line Coach Kacy Rodgers and Defensive Tackle Vita Vea along with Defensive Coordinator Todd Bowles.  Enjoy their answers.

LH ; Your outside rushers, Barrett and Pierre-Paul, get a lot of credit and rightfully so.  Still, Suh and Vea eat up a lot of double-teams.  That has to help those guys on the edge, correct?

KR :  It really does.  Like I said earlier, I think those two guys know that it comes with the territory that you will be getting double-teamed.  I think you have to add a third guy to that list.  After we looked at the tape from last year we saw that a guy that really did a tremendous job was Will Gholston.  He plays the 3-technique.  Vea played on the nose.  Gholston lined up to the tight end side and had to handle all the double-teams on power-side runs.  He has gotten somewhat overshadowed.  Those three guys know that our edge guys are very dynamic.  As I said earlier, their job is to stop the run and help the edge players get to the quarterback.  Anything else that’s left over is gravy for us.

LH : When you get double-teamed, do you try to split the two players or attack just one? 

VV : I think it depends on what kind of double it is. I think, in the moment, sometimes you get that muscle memory where you can just play off of it.  It depends on what type of double you’re getting or who you’re playing against.

LH : You already mentioned that tackling was an area that you will be watching closely on Sunday.  With only 14 padded practices, are there any other issues that you’re concerned about?

TB : No, I wouldn’t say concerned.  Obviously, tackling and the mental part of it and the excitement of the first game.  That’s all important stuff, right there.  You try not to overthink it.  You just line them up and let them play.  You know, you line up and let them play.