TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – For the third consecutive game, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers defense contained an opponent’s offense. Against the Seattle Seahawks, the Bucs defense limited quarterback, Russell Wlison to 151 passing yards and 2 interceptions, in a Bucs 14-5 victory. In this week’s exclusive ‘Koetter’s Korner’ interview, Bucs head coach, Dirk Koetter, explained what’s behind the recent success. In the long weekend following the lopsided Atlanta Falcons loss, the coaching staff discussed what changes needed to be made. On defense, communication, according to Koetter, was the major issue. Communication as in, too much taking place at the same time. So, the Bucs decided to scale things back, beginning with structure of meetings during the week. The goal was simple. Focus less on thought process, and more on just playing football.
The tactic has worked for three straight games. Although no “wholesale” changes have taken place, the Bucs defense is certainly different. In back to back games, two first place opponents were held to 17 points or less. On Sunday, the Seahawks offense went 1 for 11 on 3rd down attempts, while managing just 3 points.
The Bucs offense was also slowed to a hault, after scoring 14 quick points to begin the 1st quarter. “I thought it would be 48-0”, Koetter said. While the Seahawks defense played well, Koetter feels the Bucs failed to cash in on several opportunities. The most obvious was a touchdown pass called back by a penalty. On the ensuing play, quarterback, Jameis Winston, threw an interception in the end zone.