Two obvious areas of improvement for the Bucs is putting pressure on the quarterback and tackling.
Tampa Bay ranked last in the NFL a year ago with only 23 quarterback sacks, down from 26 in 2011. Missed tackles accounted for many of the 10-straight defeats to end last season.
Bucs coach Greg Schiano said the starting defensive line on Friday got pressure on Miami quarterback Matt Moore, who went 7-of-12 passing for 79 yards with no touchdowns and an interception. But the Bucs did not record a sack against three Dolphins quarterbacks who combined for 50 passing attempts.
“Early on, I felt like we kind of moved the guy off the spot a little bit, which is the key,'' Schiano said. "Later, I don’t think we