Peter King Down On Bucs’ Pass RushNovember 11th, 2013
Joe harps about it. Fans harp about it. Sports radio yakkers scream and kvetch about it. Coaches may lose jobs over it.
“It” being the Bucs pass rush, or more accurately, lack of a pass rush.
It astounds Joe that for the past five years the Bucs have prioritized building a pass rush, yet they’ve only been able to find and keep one guy who can stay healthy and produce, despite all the draft picks and free agents signed and/or let walk away by the Bucs.
Sadly, Gerald McCoy cannot do much by himself. And NFL insiders openly scoff at what is trumpeted as a Bucs pass rush. Just take pedestrian-bumping, olive oil-lapping, popcorn-munching, coffee-slurping, fried-chicken-eating, oatmeal-loving, circle-jerking, beer-chugging, cricket-watching, scone-loathing, college football-naïve,baseball box score-reading Peter King, of Sports Illustrated and NBC Sports fame. He is convinced the Bucs will lose tonight partly because of an invisible pass rush their front four.
Miami 24, Tampa Bay 13. If I thought the Bucs could take advantage of the leaks on the Miami offensive line brought about by Incognitogate, I would predict otherwise. But I don’t.
How sad is that that the pass rush is so impotent, sans one player, a Dolphins team that was already leaky before it lost its entire starting left side of the line over two weeks, has professionals inside the NFL chuckling at the thought of the Bucs getting heat on Ryan Tannehill?
Joe is confident that if Bucs commander Greg Schiano returns for 2014, then there will be major changes to his coaching staff, in part, because the Bucs routinely cannot get close enough to quarterbacks to spit on them.