With Cam Newton coming to town, Tampa Bay's overhauled defense is bracing for a stern test in its debut under coach Greg Schiano.
Newton's Carolina Panthers routed the Buccaneers twice a year ago, with the versatile young quarterback throwing for four touchdowns and running for four more in the meetings between the NFC South rivals.
''Somebody asked how do you shut him down. I don't think you do. I think you just try to limit him,'' Schiano said Wednesday, when the Bucs resumed preparation for Sunday's season opener at Raymond James Stadium.
''There's a lot of different things he does for that offense, so it's going to have to be an all-encompassing effort,'' the former Rutgers coach said. ''He's certainly one of the elite athletes in the league, so we need to make sure we have different things to account for him.''
Schiano inherited a defense that allowed a NFL-high and franchise-record 494 points while also ranking 30th among 32 teams in total yards allowed and dead last in ru...