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Bucs' pass-rush game plan spoiled by Lions

The Tampa Tribune
Published:   |   Updated: March 20, 2013 at 10:10 PM
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Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive tackle Gerald McCoy gave one reason his team was not able to pressure Detroit quarterback Matthew Stafford on Sunday.

McCoy thinks Detroit's linemen were lined up illegally, preventing Tampa Bay from applying a strong pass rush. Stafford was not sacked, or even hit, in Detroit's 27-20 victory.

"The one thing I can say is how those guards were sitting," McCoy said. "As deep as they were sitting, I don't think that was legal. I really don't. We said something to the refs. They just let it go. But we said, 'Hey, we have to play with the conditions we are in and keep playing.'

"They didn't slide protect like we planned. Everybody was sitting back. They game-planned our speed up front. But with us seeing that, it is a good learning experience. Now we can go work on that."

McCoy, who finished two tackles, said Tampa Bay's young defensive line needs to improve its communication when opponents use unexpected.

"When you game plan for protections a certain way, and they are not there, you have a bunch of young guys up front, the communication is kind of off," McCoy said. "Guys are still trying to rush like the game plan, like we planned, but you can't do that.

"The defense has got to make game-day adjustments. We have to communicate better when we get into situations like that, but I'm sure this week (defensive line) coach (Keith) Millard will take us through some stuff in case it happens again."

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