Blitzes Should’ve Meant Guys Open Downfield

October 11th, 2009

Josh Johnson was showered by a sea of green all game long

Bucs nation watched the Eagles throw massive pressure at Josh Johnson. Play after stinking play.

Quite a shift from the largely vanilla defense of the Redskins last week. In all, Johnson held up pretty well in Philly and did a lot of good things.

But in the face of all that pressure, he still wasn’t taking a lot of shots down field.

Joe’s friend and former Bucs quarterback Jeff Carlson puts some of that on the receivers.

“These receivers have to help the poor guy out once in a while. Tough sledding if you can’t beat one-on-one coverage with all those blitzes,” Carlson said just after the game.

Johnson found Winslow late, but what was happening earlier when the game was still in reach?

Questions like this make Joe wish he was at the game being so he could see the whole field, even if it meant sitting next to slimy Philly fans and not drinking Caybrew.

3 Responses to “Blitzes Should’ve Meant Guys Open Downfield”

  1. BigMacAttack Says:

    How can you find anything down field when the rush is on you in 1 second? 2 seconds when they blocked. JJ had no time. The blocking was non-existant.

  2. gt40bear Says:

    Richard Mann must go! I know the Yucs have little to no talent at receiver but a constant for the last 8 years is Richard Mann. Has he ever developed a receiver. All I see is bad route running and dropped passes. The players must be held accountable for this but after so many years of receiver futility, maybe the position coach should also feel some heat!

  3. Bucsfan5 Says:

    This was the 2nd week in a row where JJ had a highlight film scramble in the pocket to buy time only for no one to get open down field. I find it hard to believe he could buy that kind of time while looking down field and not spot anyone breaking free.