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Jim Bates Ready To Bring The Pressure

Posted Feb 18, 2009 by Anwar S. Richardson

Updated Feb 18, 2009 at 02:28 PM

Jim Bates, Tampa Bay’s recently hired defensive coordinator, met with the media on Wednesday and expressed his desire for the Bucs to have more defensive pressure.

Bates said he continue running Tampa Bay’s 4-3 defense, but cornerbacks will have a bigger role in his defense.

“If anything that will really strike you, the corners will play a lot more bump coverage,” Bates said. “We will play off ... some of the things we’ve done has been very, very successful in the past. We will be a lot more aggressive with corner play as far as the bump technique.”

Bates said he hopes that through aggressive play from his cornerbacks, the defensive line can apply more pressure on opposing quarterbacks.

“If we’re really good, we’ll rush four,” Bates said. “If we can rush four and defend with seven, that’s the way we’ll go. If we need to bring five, or need to bring six with an all out blitz, we have to have it in our game plans and our core initial teaching that we have that in place.

“If you were ask any defensive coordinator what you’d rather be, you’re rather be a four man rush and get after them. We do play tight match coverage so the quarterback holds the ball and we’ve had tremendous success improving a lot of sacks as far as with our four man rush.”

Tampa Bay DE Gaines Adams was drafted fourth overall in 2007 with the hopes of becoming a premier pass rusher. Bates said he believed Adams has the tools, but hinted he needed to learn more moves in order to be successful.

“Yes, he has that ability. I’m looking forward to working with him,” Bates said. “You never know until you get into the season what different things we’ll do with Gaines Adams that will hopefully help him, and experience helps in this league. It really helps, especially with that defensive line play. It takes a while for some of them to grasp the game and get some different ways of rushing and not just being the same speed guy.

“So many guys come out of college and they’re speed guys and all they do is just rush off the edge and in this league, you can’t do it. Ball is coming out in six yards and they’re rushing up the field and the beyond the quarterback three yards and all they have to do is push them out, so they have to have what we call different pitches. If you only got a fastball, you better lookout because they are going to hit home runs against you. You have to have some changeups.”

Bates said his is still in the process of evaluating players on the team and could not give his opinions on every individual, including if he thought CB Ronde Barber and LB Derrick Brooks could still be key players this season. He will leave for the NFL Scouting Combine on Thursday and continue to figure out what Tampa Bay’s biggest needs are.

One area Bates did emphasize was Tampa Bay’s necessity to have big defensive tackles, not the smaller players the Bucs usually utilize.

“If you’re an undersized team, it can cost you, especially against these big offensive lines,” Bates said. “You can’t play 60, 65 plays a game at 275 or 280 pounds.”

Reader Comments

Por (George L Hicks) on February 18, 2009 (Suggest removal)

I am glad that tampa beat other teams to Coach Bates. I believe that their are a lot of veterans CB and safety available espically now that some teams just release a slew of defensive players. I believe that if we get a veteran CB and safety and sign them for 1 year with a options of more years that Tampa can find a player here and there. It realilty depends who Tampa gets on board before the veterans. I would love to get peppers, cb- safety and another vet rb.Then Tampa can be selective in draft.

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Por (Mitch R) on February 18, 2009 (Suggest removal)

Great read Anwar.  Thanks for providing the update!  I appreciate the facts and not concentrating on the negative.  Keep up the good work and tell Roy I said Hey!

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Por (Mitch R) on February 18, 2009 (Suggest removal)

Awesome, Bucs Franchised Bryant.  ESPN.com’s got it, Pewter Report’s got it, TBO? Negative.  I love how the local newspaper can’t beat a national news source and a website.  Keep up the good work, slackers.

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Por (Noah Burrows) on February 19, 2009 (Suggest removal)

Sounds good, sounds like Bates has some good ideas. I especially like the idea of him hinting at we need more beef on our defensive line. Maybe he’s also hinting he wants a beefy guy like Albert Haynesworth? If we can maybe get him and draft another DT in the first round our ability to stop the run will no longer be an issue. Also, more man coverage means the end of Ronde Barber as the starter, he really struggled last year in man-to-man coverages, while Talib excelled in them. Talib will start.

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Por (WarrenV) on February 19, 2009 (Suggest removal)

I strongly agree with Bates about big defensive tackles.  Big, athletic, aggressive, relentless playmakers. It’s been a while since the league has seen the likes of a Reggie White and a Warren Sapp type DT. It will be terrific for the Bucs to be the team to feature that kind of premier DT in 2009 and beyond. Free agency and the draft present 2 opportunities for the Bucs to make that happen. We must do what ever it takes to get the best big DTs available and not blow it!

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Por (tatmanfish) on February 19, 2009 (Suggest removal)

the only need safety wise for the bucs is a backup. phillips and jackson are very solid and sabby did ok filling in. buchanon and barber are nickel backs in my opinion. niether has great man to man skills and buchanon is small and a poor tackler. the dt position is the biggest need everyone knows that. id like to see them pick up someone in FA over the draft. it usaully takes d-lineman a couple years in the league to make an impact. the only areas i think the bucs should address in the draft is de and lb. maybe a corner if someone exceptional falls to them.

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Por (HFXBuc) on February 20, 2009 (Suggest removal)

Bates seems like a big shift in defensive philosophy…do we have the right guys in place?  We have a roster of Tampa 2 guys - guys with great instinct and short area quicks. Bates seems to want to go with a system that is all about one on one athleticism and brute force.  Am I’m missing something.  The Tampa 2 allowed us to get by on smart football players rather than the ultra elite athlete which are in short supply. Look at our history of 3rd and 4th rd DB’s that become special in our system. Now we need top 10 DB’s,DLmen and LB’s for our system to work? I’m excited about our O this year but worried about our D.

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