What About The Pass Rush?July 21st, 2013
Most Bucs fans, when they think of the Bucs’ pass defense last year, often race for a bathroom to throw up.
Probably few were sicker than Bucs rock star general manager Mark Dominik. His nausea led him to revamp the secondary, bringing in Batman and Robin. But is that enough?
ESPN NFC South blogger Pat Yasinskas listed critical issues for each NFC South team and he pointed to the pass rush as a key area that must improve for the Bucs.
Defense: Pass rush
The Bucs let last year’s leading sacker, Michael Bennett, walk in free agency. It was a calculated gamble because the Bucs have a lot invested in Adrian Clayborn and Da’Quan Bowers and believe they can be a strong duo at defensive end. They’d better be right. If they’re not, the revamped secondary might not be as good as it looks on paper.
Time will only tell if the pass rush is improved, but Yasinskas makes a point that without any pressure on a quarterback, it doesn’t matter how much the secondary was upgraded.
Hopefully, Greg Schiano realized last year that you simply cannot allow guys like Matty Ice and Drew Brees to have so much time in the pocket that they can order a pizza and have it delivered before getting flushed or hit.
People claim there’s a lot of pressure on Bucs quarterback Josh Freeman. And there is. Joe is of the belief there is as much pressure on defensive end Da’Quan Bowers as there is on Freeman.