Originally written on Football Nation  |  Last updated 11/18/14
2012 Record: 7-92012 DownfallTale of Two DefensesAfter the lax atmosphere perpetrated by Raheem Morris sunk the Bucs in 2011 (rock bottom in points allowed and run defense), discipline was needed. So Morris was canned following the season, and drill sergeant-minded Greg Schiano was imported from Rutgers.In one year, Schiano and new defensive coordinator Bill Sheridan did the impossible: Tampa's run defense improved to the best in the league. The Buccaneers gave up only 82.5 rushing yards a game, and 3.5 YPA, both the best averages in the NFL.But while the run defense soared, the pass defense languished. The Buccaneers gave up 297.4 passing yards per game (worst in the league) and managed just 27 sacks (third lowest). Seven times, Tampa allowed 400+ passing yards, and were 2-5 in those games.The Post-Thanksgiving SkidDespite the disproportionate defense, Tampa was still a vastly improved team last season. In fact, following an overtime win in Carolina on November 18, the Buccaneers p...
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