Anyone that's watched a Tampa Bay Buccaneers game this knows just how bad their secondary has been. It's a group that features potential Hall of Famer Ronde Barber at free safety, but he doesn't have much around him other than a bunch of rookies and undrafted free agents.
Tampa Bay's secondary has cost them a few games this season, but that's not the worst part.
ESPN NFC South blogger Pat Yaskinskas points out the the Bucs' secondary are marching towards a record that they don't want.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are allowing 311.6 passing yards per game. At that pace, they would give up 4,986 passing yards by the end of the season, which would be an NFL record. The current record was set last season when the Green Bay Packers gave up 4,796 yards.
That is sad for two reasons.
For one, the Bucs are a franchise known for their defense. During the Dungy and Gruden years, the Bucs were always among the league's best and their 2002 team, which won the Super Bowl that season, is regarded as one of the defenses in NFL history.
Secondly, the Bucs have the league's No. 1 ranked rush defense. It's crazy that a professional could be so dominant at one area of defense and so terrible at the other.
The Bucs play New Orleans, St. Louis, and Atlanta in the last three games of the season. That means Drew Brees, Sam Bradford, and Matt Ryan only have to amass 747 passing yards between them to make sure the Bucs have the worst secondary in history.
Given what we've seen thus far, that doesn't seem so far-fetched. If the Bucs don't want that honor, the defense better step up its game down the stretch.
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