Buccaneers Prepare to Slow Down Drew Brees
Its the same scouting any first-ballot Hall-of-Famer thats still playing, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive tackle said Wednesday. Weve got him, and then weve got another one right after him [in New England quarterback Tom Brady]. You scout them the best you can, you know what they can do, then you just try to figure out a way to contain them, not really stop them. Theres really no way to stop them, but you figure out a way to slow them down.
I think youve just got to disrupt him, McCoy said. Everybody has a weak point, and the weak point, for him, is his height -- hes a short guy. If you can get in his face, you can slow him down a little bit. Thats why they put so much into their center and two guards, so much emphasis on those guys being good, because if you can protect his middle, hell kill you. So that puts a lot on me and the guys in the middle to get in his face.
Thats all very true. Thats why the play of McCoy and rookie defensive tackle Akeem Spence will be so important Sunday when the Bucs host the Saints. Unlike most teams, the Saints build their line from the inside out.
Guards Jahri Evans and Ben Grubbs are the strength of the offensive line. The Saints are very good at keeping the middle of the pocket wide open and giving Brees room to throw.
Source: Pat Yasinskas, ESPN