Someone Help Out GMCSeptember 1st, 2014
Joe doesn’t know what to think of the Bucs pass rush, aside from stud Gerald McCoy. One would think having a guy like GMC double- and triple-teamed would open up someone.
Simple math: an offense can only have so many players on the field. If most of the blockers are focused on GMC, then that should allow other pass rushers single coverage, or simply unblocked, right?
So how come there was limited pressure from others during preseason? This is a question rhetorically posed by Woody Cummings of the Tampa Tribune, who offers a series of questions the Bucs must answer in order to see postseason play in January.
Can the front four rush the passer? — Outside of McCoy, who had one sack and two quarterback hits, no one on the defensive front made an impact as a pass rusher this preseason. The biggest disappointment was right end Michael Johnson, who had half a sack. The Bucs got more pass-rush production out of the likes of backups Larry English and Scott Solomon, both of whom had a pair of sacks. That’s not good.
Joe has made this point before but it bears repeating: Many fans want to run defensive end Adrian Clayborn out of town for his lack of sacks, even though he played in a crazed defensive scheme, one in which someone hatched the bright idea that Clayborn should cover one of the quickest players in the NFL, Darren Sproles, in pass coverage. That is simply absurd.
One reason for Johnson’s drop in sacks was, Joe has been told, Johnson was asked to do different things other than rush the passer, you know, like Clayborn was asked to do.
Yet Clayborn damned near had double the sacks of Johnson last year.. Keep that in mind, Clayborn haters, the next time you get thrown out of a bar for scaring women because you are cussing about Clayborn so much.