Tampa Bay Buccaneers: The Long Road Ahead for the Defense

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Tampa Bay Buccaneers: The Long Road Ahead for the Defense
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A few weeks ago, we diagnosed the Buccaneers' offense, which suffered from severe anemia in 2011.

Now, we try to treat the Bucs' defense, which is basically on its deathbed. Former head coach Raheem Morris' defense set a new record of awfulness in 2011, acting as little more than a sieve against opposing offenses.

There are lot of contributing factors to the amateurish play of the Bucs' defense—the utter lack of discipline instilled by Morris, the lack of veteran leadership, the overabundance of youth, Gerald McCoy's biceps and Quincy Black's field awareness.

One of the problems, the biggest in fact, was resolved when Raheem Morris was replaced by Greg Schiano.

Now, Schiano, along with his staff and general manager Mark Dominik, must continue to treat what ails the Buccaneers' defense.

First, they must determine which parts have futures in Tampa and which are best donated to free agency. Then, the Bucs need to use free agency or the draft to make their team whole again.

Let the operation begin...

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