There were several things that I learned about this roster last season that will help me when it comes to finding players for this upcoming 2013 NFL Draft. Regardless of the scheme change, this defense is in great hands with
As outstanding as Lee is finding the football, working his way through trash and making tackles, he is even better as a defender in pass coverage. He can play man coverage but has a really nice feel for zone drops and where he needs to fit. His ability to react was put on display several times this season against Tampa on a zone drop, then driving on the ball for an interception. Then against Carolina where the receiver ran a route behind him on third down and he was able to knock the ball loose. Lee will benefit having two defensive linemen in front of him instead of just one. By playing covered, he really has a chance to chase the ball because he will not have to always take on blocks. Lee’s ability to read scheme quickly will really help him in this defense both run and pass.
There were so many questions before training camp opened last season about Bruce Carter and his ability to take the job full time. Carter clearly out played
Former Buccaneers Derrick Brooks played at a very high level because he was allowed to chase the ball. Where Carter really improved his game this season and this was from talking to Sean Lee as well, is how fast he was able to read scheme. There were some times in 2011 where Carter was a tick slow but that is no longer the case. Carter is in that mode now of see ball, get ball. I mentioned he will be playing on the same side with Ware and I really do believe this helps Ware because he can get up the field as quickly as possible to disrupt the play, with Carter backing him up, he has confidence that he can take a chance on a play knowing that Carter has his back.
As the season ending Dan Connor and