Originally posted on The Bay Cave  |  Last updated 12/3/13
Tampa Bay struggled to get anything going on third downs against Carolina and keep drives alive. Their defense missed tackles and allowed the Panthers to move the ball at-will. Both problems contributed to the ninth loss of the season. The Bucs went 1-for-10 on third downs Sunday in Carolina. With the inability to keep drives alive, they saw their chances of putting points on the board fade more and more with each possession. But there was a reason for the failures to convert on third downs and head coach Greg Schiano talked about them in his day-after-game press conference. They did a couple of different things, they doubled [wide receiver] Vince [Jackson] and Timmy, which is a compliment to Tim Wright that’s drawing double coverages as a rookie, but they did it, they took those two away on occasion. They also brought pressure where once we didn’t see it, we were late seeing it – that was later in the game. I thought they did a good job. You’re not the leading scoring defense in t...
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