Mike Smith: Flexibility is priority for Bucs’ defense

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  • So while the Bucs have only three defensive tackles with significant NFL experience, Smith said he’s preparing for a nickel defense — which accounts for about 65 percent of the defensive snaps — to include conventional ends working inside as interior pass-rushers.
  • What’s more, Smith said he could see the Bucs using linebackers — such as veteran Daryl Smith, who he had in Jacksonville — being able to slide up as third-down or nickel pass-rushers from the outside as well.

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@gregauman: “Ends subbing as tackles! Linebackers as ends! Nickel! Dime! Mike Smith says flexibility is key to Bucs’ new defense.”


As the Bucs continue their transition to a new defense under coordinator Mike Smith, he’s made it clear that the most defining aspect of his defense seems to be its multiple looks and roles for players across different positions.


Mike Smith: Flexibility is priority for Bucs’ defense | Tampa Bay Times

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