Donald Penn Came To The RescueSeptember 16th, 2009
This will likely be the last post about the Dallass loss from Joe. But for the cheerleaders (no, not the kind who possess natural and surgically-enhanced flotation devices) out there who say Joe is too negative (Joe has yet to figure out how a bad loss is positive), this is for you.
While a lot of attention was (rightly) focused on the solid play of Cadillac Williams and the toughness of Michael Clayton, an argument could be made that offensive lineman Donald Penn was the Bucs player of the game.
Quick: How many times did you hear the name DeMarcus Ware Sunday outside of the starting lineups? That was because Penn locked him up. Remember, this is a guy who tied an NFL record last year for getting a sack in 10 straight games and finished the season with 20 sacks.
A quick check of the box score shows that Ware had a grand total of four tackles and no sacks. Very pedestrian for one of the best defensive players in the NFL.
Thanks to Donald Penn. Job well done, Mr. Penn.