The Tampa Bay Buccaneers apparently have the right pieces in place to have a formidable defensive line, finally. Or so we hear. In years past we have brought in expensive free agents or drafted guys that would finally be the “help” that McCoy has needed so badly. Chris Baker being the most recent memory of the latest failed attempt. Not only did he not help fix the defense, he barely contributed at all. In fact he, recorded just 0.5 of a sack last season. Without a doubt you can add him to the heaping pile of d-line player busts. This year may just be different. Or will it?
With the additions of Jason Pierre-Paul, Beau Allen, Vinny Curry, and first round pick Vita Vea it has seemed since early Spring that the defensive front might have turned a new leaf. In the first padded practice last week the defense turned in a good performance. JPP was dominate and took Donovan Smith to school. In fact, the defensive line as a whole, turned out well and seemed to impress Koetter.
So, is the new look defensive line actually as good as it looked, last week, or was it just man handling a sub-par Bucs offensive line? My take is that it’s a little bit of both. It should be a given that JPP should dominate any Bucs offensive linemen in practice. The question is though can he still put on the same show against teams with stellar lines like the Cowboys or Eagles? JPP, McCoy, and the others are talented without a doubt and should dominate the line of scrimmage in camp. The true test though will come as the season progresses, and this line I believe will get better as the season ages on.