Sacks Are Nice But Picks Are BetterDecember 11th, 2013
Joe knows this is a hot topic for Bucs fans since the end of last season. Throughout the Tampa Bay area, fans slam pints of beer bars and holler at no one in particular, irate the Bucs can’t breathe on a quarterback (unless it is the bungling Bills).
Ex-Bucs players scream on radio about all the prancing stunts the Bucs employ, which take players out of position to put a quarterback on the ground. It is a never-ending irritant for these former Bucs stars.
Bucs defensive lineman Will Gholston likes sacks just as much as the next guy. But partially due to a coaching philosophy with the Bucs, sacks are cool but picks are so much better, so Gholston explained to Joe and other members of the Tampa Bay pen and mic club this afternoon.
“I really think the ultimate goal is to win first and to play within our defensive scheme and then let everything else come,” Gholston said. “So far, that has been happening. Maybe our sack numbers haven’t been high but we have been pressuring the quarterback and causing a lot of interceptions. I think we are top-five or top-three in interceptions and lead the league in turnovers.
“It is really not an individual game but a team game. We can contribute in other ways on the defensive line.
“On defense, your No. 1 goal is to get the ball. We want the ball back in the offense’s hands. That’s one of the main things that we do.”
So there you have it. In fact, it does make a bit of sense. The chance of getting a ball back from an offense on a turnover is greater with a pick than hopefully jarring the ball loose on a sack.
And with the interception, there’s more of a chance of a good return or even a pick-six than there would be gaining field position off a sack and a fumble.
The more Joe thinks about this, the less angry he is about such putrid sack numbers.