Five Sacks; Five Empty DrivesSeptember 9th, 2013
Just in case you forgot what it looked like, that was a Bucs pass rush yesterday. Hallejuah! Blitzes were effective, and there were even some good 1-on-1 efforts, see Lavonte David’s interceptions forced by Trevor Scott’s edge rush.
The Bucs threw all kinds of looks at Jets rookie QB Geno Smith. Not all the looks were pretty or effective, some stunts were downright bizarre. But the pressure was delivered, and it generated five sacks and turnovers. Mission accomplished. The formerly heinous secondary also held up.
But those five sacks aren’t today’s glory call, largely because of David’s end-of-game gaffe, as well as the Bucs’ failure after taking a 14-5 lead in the second quarter. The Bucs’ next five drives after that point came up empty, before their final field goal drive put them ahead 17-15.
There’s only so much the Bucs defense can do. The Jets defense is good, not great. When you have Pro Bowlers on offense like the Bucs do, and a QB that can make all the throws, you’re offense just can’t turn worthless and vanilla with a lead.