The Tampa Bay Buccaneers can not force turnovers and they need to find a fix for that problem. It's not going to save the season, but it could carry momentum into 2015.
The Bucs are one of the worst teams in 2014 in taking the ball away from their opponents. They are currently 27th in the league in turnover differential (-7). That number is consists of turning the ball over 19 times -- third highest in the league. But the biggest issue here is the inability of putting the ball back into the hands of their offense. That is something that bothers defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier.
“We definitely need to get some more takeaways,"Frazier said. "We were hoping after the couple we got against the Browns we would get something going and then we came up empty on Sunday. We’ll keep plugging away, but that’s something we’re emphasizing throughout. I think we have good enough athletes on the back-end to get some takeaways and we’re going to need to get it done on the road this weekend, but it’s something that we’re working as hard as we can to get turned. They usually come in bunches and hopefully that will be the case this weekend and we can get it going.”
Part of the equation for takeaways is getting interceptions. The Bucs currently have six after nine games and are on pace to finish with 12, nine less than last season's total. It's a phase of the game that the Bucs are working on.
“I think we’re getting better at having our eyes where they need to be, but we’re not coming away on the consistent basis with the takeaways," said Frazier. "I think Johnthan [Banks] had an opportunity on the one deep ball, they took the shot to the end zone and he was able to get a hand on it, those are the kind you would like to see a guy go up with two hands and snag that football and that was an opportunity. We just have to get in that mindset of when the ball is in the air, it’s ours and attack it for the interception as opposed to a pass break up. We just have to keep drilling that and keep emphasizing it and get it done.”
As stated earlier, it may not be something that'll turn the season around with a 1-8 record. The team has far more problems than forcing turnovers. However, getting more takeaways on a consistent basis will allow the team to build on it for next season.
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