The Secondary Shuffle


With injuries to Johnthan Banks and Alterraun Verner playing sloppy, Lovie Smith had to acquire new players. But those new players are playing soft. Tim Jennings was the big news as the man to save the secondary, (I’ll wait for you to stop laughing) and Mike Jenkins had made a couple of nice hits. But both have been burnt more than Biblical offerings. It seems like the rookie linebacker Kwon Alexander has been our best secondary player this season. With players like Bradley McDougald and Kieth Tandy, who have both been outstanding defensive players in the past, why does Lovie Smith continue to keep these other bums in the game? Something has to give with a secondary that allows comebacks of 20 or more points.  The way our offense is playing, if we had a secondary that played like it wanted to be there, we would possibly be 5-2 right now. ( I cannot complain about Chris Conte, he’s been playing pretty good ball)

“Some things don’t make sense. Billboards showing the wait time for emergency rooms. Why fat chance and slim chance mean the same thing. And the constant shakeup of players by coach Lovie Smith in the Bucs’ secondary. The Bucs have used five combinations of players in six games on the back end of their defense. Cornerback Johnthan Banks injured his knee at Houston in Week 2, so some of it was by necessity. But flash back to the final seven games of 2014. The Bucs allowed 19.7 points per game with Banks and Alterraun Verner as the starting corners and Bradley McDougald at safety. That’s the way the Bucs went through the offseason, training camp, preseason and Week 1.” – Reported by Rick Stroud

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