Five Sacks; Five Empty Drives

September 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.

20 Responses to “Five Sacks; Five Empty Drives”

  1. Lev Says:

    Since the goal of the preseason was not for our 1st team offense to start gelling, I believe the Jets game was a wake up call for the offense.

  2. bucrightoff Says:

    Josh Freeman can make all the throws under perfect, stress free conditions. Which, you know, happens on about 15% of all NFL plays. The rest of the time is a roller coaster. The offense deserves the lions share of the blame, and Freeman is regressing in year 4 as a starter. 2010 looks more like an anamoly by the day.

  3. Couch Fan Says:

    5 sacks, 250 passing yards and 90 rushing yards allowed, 16 points allowed, 1 Int. and 2 forced fumbles.

    All off-season we’ve heard “Josh” did enough to win games…

    Well, now the defense did enough to win this game…. it’s as simple as that. The penalty at the hand definately hurt us. But overall the defense did its job.

    They were NOT the problem yesterday.

  4. Couch Fan Says:

    The penalty at the end*

  5. SteveK Says:

    Freeman had some god awful play yesterday.

    He can’t play.

    Fran Tarkenton: “If you hold a gun up to my head and ask me if he (Freeman) can play, I’m saying- No, he can’t.”

  6. SteveK Says:


    Can you do a piece on Freeman? Check out PFF, they got some info on Josh.

    He looked awful out there, definitely regressing.

    What gives?

    You blame coaching and LVD, but what about Freeman? What the hell is he doing?

  7. mike norris Says:

    5 sack is great, but there was only 1 from a dlineman. We need bowers/teo/AC and mccoy to get to the qb.

  8. bucs4lyfe Says:

    This coaching staff is probably the biggest in the nfl and the most pathetic. if we kill freeman all the time how can you not look at schiano, 3 weeks to prepare for a game and a team thats running the same defense since 2009, didnt know they would blitz freeman? didnt know they have a great defense? their defensive mentality is what’s god awful. Completely lost faith in this coach, theres more to coaching than bringing talent….no playoffs this year then dominick and schiano deserve to get the boot right along with freeman….the timing to clean house would be perfect

  9. Kryq Says:

    Who had the sacks ? I know Foster had like 2.

  10. SteveK Says:


    What about Freeman’s game yesterday? What about that was exciting?

    125 yards for the receivers after the catch, Josh was 3/12 on passes over 10 yards.

    Freeman gets the rattled easy, and the D held the Jets to 16 points. Why can’t Freeman score at least 20 points per game?

    What gives? The Bucs are the laughing stock of the NFL. We are the Browns of the NFC.

  11. bucs4lyfe Says:

    teo is garbage…he couldnt get pressure on the outside so can someone explain what kind of defensive scheme are you running to put him at defensive tackle on passing down with lineman that are much bigger? rush 3 on a rookie and drop back 8 in coverage and still is wide open. Im tired of hearing i need to look at the tape because everyone in the universe saw this same mentality against drew brees, against RG3, against a rookie in nick foles. this coach is too stubborn and refuses to adapt, he’s gonna make this scheme work no matter what. they wont have #1 rush defense this year. schiano + Sheridan = top 10 in 2014 draft

  12. bucs4lyfe Says:

    ok steve K here we go again talking about freeman….dude let it go. why not tell me why all of a sudden freeman doesnt run when the pressure comes, because this stubborn coach wont let him, he’s a running quarterback YES this is his second year in this offense but guess what, its Mike Sullivan’s second year too but he’s not getting blame. to think that the coaching staff had the entire offseason to prepare for this game. the worst pass was that interception but forget freeman. what about the idiotic new offense that decides to throw to doug martin even though he wasnt catching the ball, all the third down drops to extend drives. You think josh freeman is the reason we run the most basic offense in the league, mike sullivan has no vision no imagination, his play calling is worse than greg olsen running the bend and around. It’s the coaches fault when players arent playing well

  13. bucs4lyfe Says:

    we have a great o line, they didnt play well so does that mean bob bostad gets no blame? how could you not prepare for davin joseph or carl nicks in case they arent ready or not playing up to par? how could a head coach do the same idiotic thing he did last year…run the ball 3 times and punt knowing damn well they cant stop a cold even with 8 people in coverage that alot more defenders than catchers. sooner or later you gotta stop looking at the players and look at the coaches. The truth of the matter is josh freeman hasnt had a head coach that has a clue what he’s doing since he came into the league….morris has never been more than a defensive back coach, schiano was average at best in college. not defending freeman buddy but a real NFL head coach would have moved on from the freeman experiment by now. dominick has had just as much time as freeman but free needs to go but not dominick. it’s time to hold everybody accountable not just freeman, there are too many rookies head coaches and qb’s coming in and producing

  14. loung Says:

    just one game >>>> relax ,,,,,,, beers still cold ,,,,,, this game vs NO ,,,,,, anything in this game <<<<

  15. bucsQcCity Says:


    I understand you are disgusted about the outcome of the game and the penalty of LVD but can we just stop bashing the guy a minute? We need him like for the next 10 years so let’s try to run him out of town after a single mistake. Like you said, we win next week and we are on top of the division so there is no need to put him on the ground like that. It’s obvious that he cares and will use that event as a motivational tool.

    Freeman, #3 WR, TE, OL and coaching are the most urgent problems right now, not LVD. On defense LJ and Foster in pass coverage are scary. Stunts did produce 5 sacks but I feel has opened up too much running lanes for Geno so the jury is still out

  16. Adam L Says:

    There’s no excuse for what’s happening with this team. It’s loaded. You can’t cover VJAX and MWIL at the same time.

    And the fact that the OC is telling us he doesn’t need a tight end in “his offense” is giving me flashbacks to Gruden telling us that there’s no place for Joey Galloway because he and Antonio Bryant play the same position.

  17. Tye Says:

    An idea for the Season plan:

    The next 3 games aren’t going to be any easier than the last game the Bucs played SO, Play JF to absorb the punishment and abuse until the Bucs get the OL worked out and then after the bye week play MG to see if he can play at the NFL level {JF has had his time and felled}… This way at the end of the season the question will be answered – will it be just JF gone.; JF and Shiano; JF, Shiano and Dominik… Total rebuild!

  18. 1jwbucs Says:

    If the same Buccaneer Team Shows up at home next week as the one that played against the Jets, Drew Brees and the Saints will destroy these guys.

    I see preparation as a major issue… When the radio communication system failed in Josh Freeman’s helmet, any good Head Coach would have already had a back up plan in place. It would only take 4 or 5 default plays that your Ouarterback has been instructed to call and execute if such a circumstance would surface… Instead the Bucs go into major meltdown and start racking up penalty yardage like it paid bonus money. WTF?

    Whatever benefit Coach Schiano has in the close relationship he holds with Bill Bellichick is not rubbing off through Pro Football preparation or game day adjustments to the opposing team. The Bucs are loaded with talent, but these coaches and the assistant coaching staff needs to prepare these professionals on execution.

    Mike Sullivan may need to help in developing short term memory, before he will react with effective play calling… I saw my share of revisiting plays that never worked all day against the Jets defense. What is up with that?

  19. nick k Says:

    lots of problems, but I’m sure tired of running 3rd and 8 and throwing a 2 yard pass

  20. Jbeachbuc Says:

    Once they got the two score lead, Schiano went all Dungy on us….
    I don’t know if I can go through another offensive mindset like that….
    I maybe gettin too old to deal with that week after week.