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Bucs again will be looking for secondary help

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Dan Parr

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By Dan Parr

Buccaneers coordinator Bill Sheridan has had to answer for a defense that has blown fourth-quarter leads in four games in which the Bucs have lost this season. It’s not known if head coach Greg Schiano thinks a change at Sheridan’s position is needed this offseason, but our sources do believe the Bucs will be focusing on addressing their secondary in free agency and the draft for the second year in a row.

The Bucs made big investments in the defensive backfield last offseason, spending their first overall pick on SS Mark Barron and giving free-agent CB Eric Wright a lucrative five-year deal. Yet, the Bucs’ pass defense ranks 32nd in the league and is on pace to break the NFL record for passing yards allowed in one season (set by the 2011 Packers).

The pass rush has been part of the problem at times and Sheridan has received criticism, but he is running Schiano’s scheme, and Schiano has said he does not believe the scheme is the problem.

Due to a combination of injuries, suspensions and the decision to trade CB Aqib Talib, the Bucs have been relying on backup corners to play starting roles for much of the season. GM Mark Dominik will be charged with rectifying that situation in the months to come.

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