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Leslie Frazier: Bucs could make personnel changes on defense

The Bucs have a lot to fix defensively after one game, and there could be lineup changes. Cliff Welch/Icon Sportswire

TAMPA, Fla. – After Sunday’s 42-14 loss to the Tennessee Titans, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers could have some changes in personnel.

Defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier hinted at that possibility Thursday as the Bucs get ready to play at New Orleans.

“We’re always looking to make sure we’ve got the right 11 on the field, there’s no question about that,’’ Frazier said. “We’ll go through the process this week and see where we are at the end of the week.’’

Frazier wouldn’t go into specific changes, but did say rookie middle linebacker Kwon Alexander will continue to call the defensive plays. Beyond that, it seems like everything else is fair game.

Frazier is like coach Lovie Smith in that he usually tries to put a positive spin on things. But even Frazier couldn’t find many positives in the Tennessee game.

“We made a ton of mistakes from the opening drive on,’’ Frazier said. “We’ve gone through the tape and talked to our players about it. I think we’ve addressed the issues and now we get a chance to go back out on Sunday and see how much we’ve improved, if we’ve improved. Too many mistakes for sure.’’

Frazier said the coaching staff deserves as much blame as the players.

“Absolutely,’’ Frazier said. “Whenever you had the breakdowns that we had then you’ve got to unearth every coin, every stone that you can and try to figure out a solution and figure it out fast.’’

Frazier said one of the Bucs’ biggest failures was an inability to stop the run.

“It starts with stopping the run,’’ Frazier said. “We think we have some guys who can rush the passer. But, if you don’t stop the run, you get what we got on Sunday. The quarterback [rookie Marcus Mariota] threw the ball 16 times. Sixteen times. That’s not an ingredient for success the way we’re set up. We’ve got to do a much better job against the run.’’

Things aren’t likely to get much easier. The Bucs face a New Orleans offense on Sunday that has been one of the best in the league in recent years.

“We didn’t get the job done last week,’’ Frazier said. “But one of the good things about where we are in the season is you have to learn from that ballgame. You better be able to move on because the next team isn’t going to feel sorry for you.’’