Concerns Over Pressuring The QuarterbackMay 16th, 2013
There are lots of “ifs” this season, if the Bucs are going to turn around their fortunes.
IF Josh Freeman plays well…
IF the offensive line can be dominant and injury-free…
IF the Bucs can pressure the quarterback…
Those are just three “ifs” off the top of Joe’s head. And the third “if” also is of concern to the Football Outsiders crowd. In a series called “Red Flags,” they list the Bucs’ pass rush as a red flag, per BSPN.
“(Previously), we said Tampa Bay’s biggest hole was at pass-rusher, and they’ve since gotten weaker there, not stronger. Michael Bennett, who led Tampa Bay with 9.0 sacks last season (the only Bucs player to crack the top 50 in sacks) signed with Seattle in free agency.’’
Granted, the Bucs will sing a different song, but the reality is the Bucs are placing their their hopes on just that, hope.
The Bucs hope Adrian Clayborn can bounce back from knee surgery.
The Bucs hope Da’Quan Bowers can shine with a full season free of injuries.
The Bucs hope Gerald McCoy stays in one piece and stays a Pro Bowler.
Hey, Bowers, Clayborn and GMC could prove to be a lethal troika of defenders. It just seems to Joe that Bucs rock star general manager Mark Dominik is placing a lot of projected success based on hope.