Sacks Stats Have ChangedDecember 16th, 2013
The Bucs have 33 sacks with two games to play! Hip, hip hooray!
That’s a big number around these parts, one that hasn’t been seen in years, but dig into the numbers and you can see it’s not so impressive in a league that throws the football like never before.
Consider the Bucs had the NFL’s No. 2 ranked defense in 2007.
They had 33 sacks that entire year, which was tied for 16 in the NFL. The Bucs’ 33 sacks this season has them tied for 20th with two games to play.
Look at the Bucs’ No. 1 ranked defense in 2005 — yep, best in the NFL — they had 36 sacks, which was tied for 19th in the league. However, this season, teams have already attempted 20 more passes against the Bucs than they did that entire ’05 season.
One more numbers example: in 2008, the Bucs had the same 33 sacks they have now for that entire season. It was good for 13th best in the NFL, whereas the Bucs are 20th this season with 33 and still two games to play.
The point is the Bucs need to find more sacks, and the ideal way is to not do it by making your defense vulnerable through blitzes. Greg Schiano talked last week about how he longs to use more four-man rushes but can’t with his current personnel.
After watching yesterday’s home finale, Joe convinced the Bucs lead the NFL in almost-sacks that resulted in big plays. That stuff absolutely has to stop.
Joe loves the progress of guys like Akeem Spence, Gerald McCoy and Will Gholston, but the Bucs have to get more production. The NFL –and the NFC South — is not about to cut down on throwing the football anytime soon.