TAMPA, Fla. -- A day after three crucial defensive penalties helped cost his team a win against the New York Jets, Tampa Bay coach Greg Schiano said the Buccaneers aren’t going to change how they play defense.
Linebacker Lavonte David was flagged for hitting quarterback Geno Smith out of bounds, which set up New York’s game-winning field goal. Safeties Mark Barron and Dashon Goldson also were hit with 15-yard penalties for what the officials called illegal hits.
Schiano said he’ll remind his team about proper tackling techniques, but he doesn’t want to make the defense any less aggressive.
“We’re going to try to aim for the strike zone, which is what we talk about all the time,’’ Schiano said. “We have videos that we show and we’re just going to try to be better at it. But, again, I want us flying around the way we flew around yesterday because that was as hard a hitting Buc defense as has been here in a long time.’’
I admire the aggressive approach. But the Bucs have to do it in a controlled fashion. The days of John Lynch-type hits are long gone. The NFL has put much more emphasis on player safety and the league is handing out penalties for those who go too far.
The Bucs might have to pull back a little to make sure they stay within the rules.