Defensive Line could be best since 2005
In a year when the second best defensive lineman in Buccaneer history joins the greatest in the Hall of Fame, itís fitting that the pass rush is finally coming back to play on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Three of the four guys on the line are playing solid football, and newcomer rookie Akeem Spence is very promising in his role next to Gerald McCoy. Speaking of McCoy, he may not have appeared as much on the stat sheet, but he was relentless in the Jets backfield, disrupting the play regularly.

Itís the best the defensive line has looked since the Bucs carried the No.1 defense into the playoffs in 2005 behind Booger McFarland, Simeon Rice, Greg Spires and Chris Hovan. By the next year, Rice fell off, and every year thereafter, the Bucs coaching staff has complained and asked about more pressure from the team.

Last season the Bucs had only 27 sacks overall, but put Geno Smith down 5 times Sunday alone. Bucs third year linebacker Mason Foster had two himself, with one each coming from Daniel Te'o-Nesheim, Lavonte David, and Dekoda Watson. So while only one sack came from the D-Line, several times RDE Adrian Clayborn was constantly in the face of Geno Smith. The Bucs run defense gave up 90 total yards, but only 43 yards to running backs. The rest came from the QB position, which probably wonít happen too often.

When you consider that the defensive Line was not the biggest concern coming into 2013, things actually look optimist. The secondary was by far the worst area on the field last year, and now you get the feeling that area is secured too with Revis looking solid, as well as newcomer Dashon Goldson and 2nd year Bucs Leonard Johnson, who started ahead of Johnthan Banks and led the team in tackles with 8.

Next week is the real test, as the Bucs defense will have a true test going up against Drew Brees, before taking on Tom Brady.