Bucs Went SacklessDecember 24th, 2012
Yes, Joe knows the Bucs’ pass defense is a sieve like few teams have ever had in NFL history. It turns Joe’s stomach sometimes just watching what passes as pass defense.
Of course, the secondary has been getting scant help from the defensive front line. Ever since Adrian Clayborn got hurt, Gerald McCoy has been getting double- and triple-teamed.
Michael Bennett has been getting decent pressure but not Sunday. And Da’Quan Bowers still isn’t playing 100 percent.
It was bad enough Josh Freeman threw four picks Sunday, a nasty little habit he has developed. To add to the misery, the Bucs helped the Rams break a streak of 30 games in which Rams quarterback Sam Bradford was put on the ground, writes Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
Entering the game, Rams quarterback Sam Bradford had been sacked in 30 consecutive games, the longest active streak in the NFL. But it ended Sunday.
He wasn’t sacked, even though the Rams were minus arguably their best offensive lineman in right guard Harvey Dahl, who’s out for the year because of a torn biceps. The offensive linemen discussed ending the streak through last week.
“It was something that we wanted to do for him — see how we could win a game with him being totally upright the whole time,” left tackle Rodger Saffold said. “And it worked. So maybe we should do it more often.”
If the Bucs’ pass defense is going to improve next year, the Bucs must get a better pass rush. This is perplexing to Joe, the Bucs have so much money already tied up on the defensive line, but the results aren’t what Bucs rock star general manager Mark Dominik had hoped for.
If there is a bright spot to Freeman’s struggles, it is every time he has a bad game, that means Michael Bennett’s chances of re-upping with the Bucs improves.