Tampa Bay struggled to generate pressure on the quarterback in 2013, tying for 23rd in the NFL with 35 sacks. Their top two sack artists were not even defensive ends, but linebacker Lavonte David and defensive tackle Gerald McCoy. With a defensive-minded coach in Lovie Smith taking over the reins, upgrades on the defensive side of the ball will be paramount. The hallmark of Lovie Smith’s defenses with the Bears was the ability to create turnovers, which starts with pressure on the quarterback from the defensive line. A pass rusher will be high on the wish list for Smith and the Buccaneers.
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