Less Than 10 Sacks For Johnson = “Fail”September 3rd, 2014
Former Bucs tight end Anthony Becht, a fixture on the Buccaneers Radio Network, has studied the Tampa Bay defense and believes it will be special, but he wants to see more of — and more from — Michael Johnson.
It seems everyone is waiting for the big-money free agent defensive end with just 3 1/2 sacks last season to show up.
Becht is adamant that the interior of the Bucs defensive line will draw all kinds of attention from offenses, which sets a table that Johnson must clean up.
“I need to see double digit sacks out of him. There’s no question about it. Anything less, to me, I wouldn’t say nine or eight is bad, but it would be a fail in my opinion,” Becht said on the Ron and Ian show on WDAE-AM today,
Becht acknowledged that Johnson didn’t get a ton of preseason work and he must produce as a pass rusher because that may be his only strength.
“When you talk about Michael Johnson, I want to see a bigger sample size from him. I want to see four quarters. You know, he’s not the biggest point of a attack guy. He’s never been really known as a run stopping end,” Becht said.
Yes, the pressure is on Johnson. Get the sacks. No excuses.
(You can hear all of Becht’s Bucs takes below)