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Bucs introduce Brentson Buckner hoping to jump start defensive line

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There’s nowhere to go but up. It’s essentially where the Bucs defensive line is and it’s newly named coach Brentson Buckner’s job to improve that.

Even with perennial Pro Bowler Gerald McCoy, the Buccaneers defensive line/pass rush registered a dismal 22 sacks in 2017, which was dead last in all of the NFL. So, truly, they have all the room possible to grow and improve.

Back to Buckner, he was introduced to the Tampa Bay media on Wednesday. And after spending the last five years very successfully in Arizona with the Cards, he’s ready for that new challenge.

First, the media asked, why he was smiling and Buckner told them, “This is like Christmas morning.” See more here:

Within those comments Buckner stressed something important Wednesday: getting back to old school Warren Sapp, Derrick Brooks, John Lynch, type “Buc Ball” defense. Defense that was feared. Defense that often times understood, “we will have to win this low scoring game, ourselves.”

From Buccaneers.com transcription:

“I think Tampa Bay, just the way it was built, those guys came in and built something special,” said Buckner. “They were winning games 6-3, 3-0. I remember Warren Sapp saying, ‘Give us three points, that’s enough to win the game, we’re up 3-0 and that means it’s us.’ We start to build on that. I think you have to lay that initial foundation and have success with it. [We need to remember] that we have the Lombardi trophy in there and one of the top defenses of all time. People are going to like what they like and this city longs for that type of defense because they saw what Sapp and them did by putting that trophy in there. We have to try to duplicate that.”

Buckner had very successful defensive lines in Arizona, but he also had the likes of Calais Campbell, Darnell Dockett, and Chandler Jones, etc. to make that happen.

He has to rely on GM Jason Licht and staff, with the primary input of coach Dirk Koetter and defensive coordinator Mike Smith, to find the free agents and then, draft some outside rush help, specifically.

But, having played 12 years in the NFL with five teams, including five playoff appearances, means that whomever they bring to Buckner, he’ll should be ready to get them ready to go.

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