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Blitzing is more of an option than a necessity for the Phila

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Eagles.Defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz has always preferred to let his front four generate pressure on quarterbacks Cheap Gerald McCoy Jersey , and he has a group of players who can do it. The Eagles have so much depth on their defensive line they rotate seven players and keep them fresh for the fourth quarter.It takes unselfish guys willing to put the team ahead of personal goals in order to make that happen harmoniously.Defensive tackle Fletcher Cox is one of the best in the NFL and he plays nearly the entire game. But ends Brandon Graham, Chris Long, Derek Barnett and Michael Bennett each played more than half the snaps in an 18-12 win against Atlanta in Week 1. The defense had four sacks and 26 pressures."Our front judges themselves on the entire group, not individual accomplishment," Schwartz said. "You see that on the field. Fletch makes a sack and they're all excited about it, because they all played a part in it. So I think you need to have unselfish players. It just needs to be stressed."Schwartz doesn't have to sell the players on a rotation."It's good for not just one game, but over the course of the season," he said. "I think our players recognize that. I think it also goes to another theme of what we've been talking about: You have to trust a guy that he can go in and make those plays. If you want to rotate players, you need to have players that can be on the field. We have trust in those players. They work hard together. They realize it's about the group, it's not about them individually. That's where the production counts."When the Falcons had four cracks from the Eagles 10 and another from the 5 in the final minute of the game, Schwartz didn't call one blitz. That's quite unusual in that spot, but the line pressured Matt Ryan without needing help."We have good players at three levels of the defense. We can rush without blitzing," Schwartz said. "We were getting such good pressure that we didn't need to blitz. When you can blitz on your own terms, you're at an advantage. It's frustrating if you're not getting pressure and you have to blitz. It can put you in a bad spot."But that really hasn't happened to us. I think probably the biggest thing is there was no panic in our players. They knew what to expect. They went out and did it."Schwartz called a blitz earlier in the game inside the red zone and it resulted in Ryan throwing an interception to Rasul Douglas."Quarterback had to throw a little bit quicker than he wanted to," Schwartz said. "Rasul had good vision on the quarterback, was able to make that (play)."The Eagles will have a tough challenge Sunday at Tampa against an offense that racked up 529 total yards in a 48-40 win at New Orleans. Backup quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick was sensational, throwing for 417 yards and four touchdowns, including scores of 58, 50 and 36 yards."I'm excited to play a team like that," Long said. "You want to play a team that's playing well, because it's a challenge."NOTES: RB/PR Darren Sproles will not play against the Buccaneers because of a hamstring injury sustained in practice Thursday. WR Alshon Jeffery (shoulder) and QB Carson Wentz (knee) also won't play. WR Shelton Gibson (knee) is questionable. Week 10 of the 2018 NFL regular season had the NFC East leading Washington Redskins (5-3) visiting our beloved Tampa Bay Buccaneers (3-5) who currently sit in last place in the NFC South.When you’re four games behind your division leader with three divisional games left, the focus has to be on winning now. Opportunities will be present in the future, and if the Bucs could take care of business at home they could very well find themselves in position to take advantage of them later down the road.According to odds makers, Tampa Bay came into this match-up favored to win by a Chandler Catanzaro field goal. This might be surprising to the casual observer Buccaneers Chandler Catanzaro Jersey , assuming a division leader would have the upper hand over a last place team. However, when you consider the Redskins are the only team atop their division which has surrendered more points than they’ve scored this season, it makes a little more sense.Five of Tampa Bay’s final eight games are at home, starting with this one. Let’s talk about how this one went down, and what it might mean for the future.For the first half of action, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers offense moved up and down the field at will, and stalled in scoring positions. This, of course, isn’t a new problem. On the first possession of the game, Ryan Fitzpatrick and his offense took the ball all the way down to the Washington 22-yard line. It took seven plays to move 56-yards, and then on play eight, Fitzpatrick overshot Shaun Wilson near the goal line and was intercepted by former NFC South nemesis Josh Norman.All five of the Buccaneers’ first-half possessions reached Washington territory. They ended in the interception, a punt, a missed field goal, a made field goal and finally on a middle of the field dump pass with no timeouts remaining at the end of the half.In his three first drives, Redskins quarterback Alex Smith had just 53-yards passing. On his final drive of the half, he had 50. And Dustin Hopkins put a field goal on the board with 20-seconds remaining in the half to give them a 6-3 lead.Most fans are going to be wondering what happened in the final attempt by the Bucs before hitting the locker room, and I’m sure it’ll be brought up in post-game press conferences.With two timeouts at his disposal, Fitzpatrick found running back Jacquizz Rodgers for an eleven-yard pass completion. Timeout.One timeout left, and Fitzpatrick again found Rodgers, this time for seventeen yards across midfield and to the 47-yard line. Timeout.No timeouts left, and needing just a few more yards to give Catanzaro a feasible opportunity to tie the game, and Fitzpatrick again went to his veteran running back.Rodgers took the pass eight yards to the Washington 39-yard line before being tackled. With no timeouts. And the Bucs left the field again, with no points.Despite outgaining their opponents 279-yards to 136 Cheap Mike Evans Jersey , Tampa Bay went into halftime down by three and faced with giving the Redskins the ball right back to start the second half.Thus far in 2018, the Bucs have been a better second half team most weeks than they have been in the first half.For the third quarter against Washington though, it was more of the same. Tampa Bay only got the ball once in the quarter, but they drove it all the way down to the Redskins 16-yard line before a botched snap by free-agent gem Ryan Jensen knocked the team back to the 30-yard line for a Catanzaro kick attempt.If you’re surprised by this result - he missed it - then I’d like to welcome you to Bucs fandom. Not sure why you chose now to climb aboard, but we’re happy to have you.Nothing else happened in the third quarter. Zero.6-3 entering the fourth quarter and the Redskins were deep in Bucs territory looking to put a touchdown on the board. Which they did.On 3rd-and-5 from the Tampa Bay six-yard line, Alex Smith found receiver Josh Doctson in the back of the end zone for the first touchdown of the game. One offensive snap later, Ryan Fitzpatrick gave the ball right back, and put his defense right back on the field on an ill-advised throw to tight end O.J. Howard which was intercepted by rookie Greg Stroman.Fortunately, the defense held for Tampa Bay, and Washington was forced to settle for another Dustin Hopkins field goal, making the game a 16-3 contest with just over twelve-minutes remaining.We’ve all seen this from the Bucs this year though. They go down multiple scores, and late in the game, turn it on for a feverish comeback.On the drive following Hopkins’ third field goal of the game, Fitzpatrick found his running back Rodgers again, this time for an 18-yard gain. After an incomplete pass, Fitzpatrick connected with Adam Humphries for 29 more and the Bucs were in business again on the Washington 28-yard line.Disaster struck again on the very next play. After Fitzpatrick once again checked down to Rodgers, Redskins linebacker Zach Brown punched the ball out of his arms as he was running down into the red zone.The ball flew into the back of the end zone where newly added safety HaHa Clinton-Dix recovered it for a touchback.Heartbreak.It might just be the theme of the season, and this game was no different. The team could have won. Should have won. Yet didn’t.In the end, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers fell to 3-6 on the season, losing to the Washington Redskins by a score of 16-3.I wish I had an answer for you, folks. But I don’t. And I’m not sure anyone does at this point.Next week, the Bucs visit New York (New Jersey) as they face-off against the New York Giants. See you then.
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