Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Is This Secondary a Lost Cause?

Tom EdringtonSenior Writer IDecember 13, 2012

Leonard Johnson has had his hands full the past three games. (photo courtesy Buccaneers.com)
Leonard Johnson has had his hands full the past three games. (photo courtesy Buccaneers.com)

Raise your hand if you have any trust at all in the Tampa Bay Buccaneers secondary?

Is there any way it can hold up against Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints on Sunday there in the Superdome?

The secondary gave up the game with no time left last week. It gave it up to a rookie quarterback. This defense, ranked dead last in pass defense, surrendered not one but two long touchdown drives conducted by Eagle rookie Nick Foles.

So how comfortable are you feeling about going into Drew Brees' house? Yes, this is Brees, who leads the NFL in passing yardage with 4,028. 

Ah, I see you all squirming out there. After watching Philly's rook take the Buc secondary apart, what will the future Hall of Famer do?

There's no way to spin this, no way to sugarcoat it, no way to hold on to any belief that this secondary is anything but bad. And the numbers prove it.

Now ask yourself this: How bad would it be if we didn't have Ronde Barber back there? Did that send chills up your spine? It should. It's scary, something that Buc fans will have to live with down this final stretch until it gets fixed next year. 

You have undrafted free-agent corners, you have E.J. Biggers, a seventh-rounder and you have the flavor of the week as Brandon McDonald has returned to the fold, for the time being.

And that's what they're in right now: a fix.

It all goes back to what Greg Schiano and Tony Dungy believe, and that is that character counts. It's why Eric Wright won't be back next year and Aqib Talib was sent packing to New England.

Two bozos on the loose with Adderall and you've got what you have right now, which is inexperienced players getting beat like a high school kid trying to guard Kobe Bryant. It's not their fault; they should only be on special teams. Yet they'll be out there with Brees, who will one day be a first-ballot Hall of Famer.

Unsettling? You bet.

Can the Bucs win one or two of these final three games?

That's not something you'd want to bet on, is it? 

The struggle for 8-8 goes on.