Bringing The HouseSeptember 4th, 2013
Joe just shook his head yesterday. No, it was not because he was savoring the fact he just demolished the greatest sandwich in the free world — an authentic Primanti Brothers behemoth.
Joe shook his head in amazement of what may very well be an NFL record. With recent roster moves since the original final 53-man roster was announced, the Bucs now have four guys on the defensive line who were third-day draft picks in 2013.
That just blows Joe’s mind. Three is amazing and does say something about the prowess of Bucs rock star general manager Mark Dominik. But now four? That tells Joe the defensive front was much, much thinner than those outside of One Buc Palace imagined.
But the wild card here, so believes Pat Yasinskas of ESPN.com, is that Darrelle Revis will help the pass rush. Yes, a cornerback. Yasinskas brings ammo to this discussion, based on what the Jets and their coach, Capt. Lou Albano, did in rushing the passer with Revis in the secondary.
Revis has the ability to shut down one side of the field. In theory, that should allow the Bucs the opportunity to bring extra pass rushers. That’s something that worked quite well for the New York Jets when they had Revis.
From 2008 through 2012, the Jets brought five or more pass rushers on 40 percent of dropbacks by opponents, according to ESPN Stats & Information. That figure ranked third in the NFL. The Jets held opponents to a 55-percent completion rate, which ranked No. 1 in the league, and an average of 6.4 yards per attempt which ranked second in the league.
This is an interesting thought. It’s hardly a state secret the Bucs are uncovering every rock imaginable (short of them signing a proven pass rusher as a free agent in the offseason) to find a way to get at the quarterback.
If the Bucs blitz two guys, as Yasinskas hints, perhaps both David and/or Barron, there simply won’t be enough blockers to stop six (seven?) pass rushers. It’s simple math.
The way Dashon Goldson can play centerfield, it should allow Barron to rush the passer on clear passing downs. Joe’s of the belief that Barron’s going to have to live up to his high draft status or Bucs fans will start kvetching louder about Dominik passing on linebacker Luke Kuechly for Barron.