“Let’s Blitz The Heck Out Of Them”October 9th, 2012
At times the Bucs have looked positively blitz-happy this season. Joe’s still trying to get the Giants-Bucs game out of his head.
But blitzes have their value, and former Bucs tight end Dave Moore sees Sunday’s game against the Chiefs as a sensible time for the Bucs to dial up all kinds of pressure.
“The question is, ‘Are the Bucs going to get in that man-to-man [defense] or are they going to play a little softer?” Moore said, speaking on WDAE-AM 620 yesterday. “I would imagine the Bucs to come after them like crazy, to blitz a ton, be in that man-to-man on the outside and force whatever quarterback’s going to be in there to beat them. That would make the most logical sense. You know, if it’s Cassel, he’s not playing very well. Let’s blitz the heck out of him. Try to get some turnovers. And with Brady Quinn, same kind of thing. He hasn’t been in there that much. Put a lot of pressure on him.”
Moore went on to say the Bucs must stop the run for these blitzes to have maximum effect. Blitzing on 3rd-and-2 will not be as effective.
Frankly, Joe’s not greatly concerned about the Bucs defense Sunday. It’s the offense that needs to find consistency in all phases. The Bucs need to get a lead against the Chiefs to drive them out of their mauling running game in the fourth quarter.