The Ultimate Bucs Blitz Breakdown

November 21st, 2012

The Bucs blitz and blitz and blitz. And they stuff, stuff, stuff the run and get burned in the passing game.

Don’t expect the philosophy to change anytime soon, so former Bucs defensive end Steve White (1996-2001) told Joe on Sunday. And today, White, who has been making spectacular use of the “All-22” coaches film now avaiable on, provides a great public education for Bucs fans on his blog.

White went very deep into the Bucs’ blitzing against Carolina and delivers all kinds of film study. Here’s an excerpt of his data compilation:

* The Bucs blitzed 30 times and interestingly enough ran 15 in the first half and 15 in the second half. Blitz in this context means they sent five or more players for pressure whether it was a run or a pass. You also have to look at the adjustment in coverage and line stunts to make sure it wasn’t just a guy making a quick run read to determine if it’s a blitz of course and those elements were all present as well. There was one other play where a guy came from depth but because an end dropped there was only a total of four rushers.

* There were 17 runs and 13 passes on the plays when a blitzes was called.

* On 17 of the blitzes there was five man pressure and on the other 13 there was six man pressure.

* The Panthers gained one yard or less on 11 runs (not counting sacks) against the blitz.

* Of those 11, seven runs went for negative yardage.

* The Panthers gave up a sack and had five incomplete passes against the blitz.

* They gained 10, 11, and 10 yards on three runs as well as 30, 17, 17, and 11 on four passes.

* The Bucs had a PI in the end zone on a blitz that set up a touchdown from the 1 yard line on the next play.

* 12 of the 30 blitzes came on 1st and 10.

* 9 of the 30 blitzes came on 3rd down and the Panthers converted 6 of those including the PI.

Joe definitely recommends you find a cold beverage and click through above to get educated by White.

Yes, the Bucs leave themselves perilously vulnerable in the secondary and likely will get roasted for huge gains at least a few times against Atlanta. It’s clear the coaching staff is banking on the secondary’s ability to make big plays to offset the gutting that comes nearly every week.

Joe’s mentally prepared for the Bucs to give up 30 points. Joe’s also prepared for the Bucs to light up the scoreboard as well.

6 Responses to “The Ultimate Bucs Blitz Breakdown”

  1. Brain Says:

    Run the ball (Atlanta has given up some 100+ yard rushers)
    Stop the run (Michael Turner might be the worst starting back in the NFL)
    Force turnovers (Ryan threw 5 INTs last week, we’re 6th in the NFL in turnover margin)

    Win the game, regardless of our disastrous CB situation.

  2. flmike Says:

    This is a “we can put up 36, what can you do?” kinda game…

  3. SteveK Says:

    @ Brain,

    Michael Turner is on the way out, but he is not the “worst starting RB in the NFL”…. I am sure some teams would/could use his services: Dolphins, Cardinals, Chargers… etc.

  4. Brandon Says:

    I’m fine with blitzes but would I would like to see more is disguising of coverages. The Bucs seem to rarely run zone out of their blitz looks (when they do they’ve gotten at least one INT-Ahmad Black vs Raiders) and instead run mostly man leaving their CBs with little or no help in 0 or 1 deep coverage. It has been a couple weeks since our CBs have been beaten on a 9 route, but when we blitz the house, we all know it’s coming.

  5. Biff Barker Says:

    Joe, more Steve White please. Enjoyed the thorough breakdown.

    Expect Atlanta to throw the quick slants on first down, they watch film too.

  6. Javier Says:

    Steve White’s breakdowns are great. I learn a ton every time I read anything he writes on football and defenses. Please add more posts with Steve White breakdowns.