Peter King Down On Bucs’ Pass Rush

November 11th, 2013

Peter King, editor of, believes Lauren Tannehill won’t have to worry about her quarterback husband getting bruised tonight facing the Bucs’ miserable pass rush.

Joe harps about it. Fans harp about it. Sports radio yakkers scream and kvetch about it. Coaches may lose jobs over it.

“It” being the Bucs pass rush, or more accurately, lack of a pass rush.

It astounds Joe that for the past five years the Bucs have prioritized building a pass rush, yet they’ve only been able to find and keep one guy who can stay healthy and produce, despite all the draft picks and free agents signed and/or let walk away by the Bucs.

Sadly, Gerald McCoy cannot do much by himself. And NFL insiders openly scoff at what is trumpeted as a Bucs pass rush. Just take pedestrian-bumping, olive oil-lappingpopcorn-munchingcoffee-slurpingfried-chicken-eatingoatmeal-lovingcircle-jerkingbeer-chuggingcricket-watchingscone-loathingcollege football-naïve,baseball box score-reading Peter King, of Sports Illustrated and NBC Sports fame. He is convinced the Bucs will lose tonight partly because of an invisible pass rush their front four.

Miami 24, Tampa Bay 13. If I thought the Bucs could take advantage of the leaks on the Miami offensive line brought about by Incognitogate, I would predict otherwise. But I don’t.

How sad is that that the pass rush is so impotent, sans one player, a Dolphins team that was already leaky before it lost its entire starting left side of the line over two weeks, has professionals inside the NFL chuckling at the thought of the Bucs getting heat on Ryan Tannehill?

Joe is confident that if Bucs commander Greg Schiano returns for 2014, then there will be major changes to his coaching staff, in part, because the Bucs routinely cannot get close enough to quarterbacks to spit on them.

23 Responses to “Peter King Down On Bucs’ Pass Rush”

  1. Otto Says:

    The pass rush and TE position were obvious weaknesses heading into the offseason. Bucs management failed us.

  2. jvato24 Says:

    and i predict the majority of the Bucs fanbase will evaporate if Schiano were to remain coach even if they won out

  3. Chris Says:

    Rock star gm mark dominik thought you build from the secondary. That’s why. Genius? Lol

  4. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    I hate to say this….but it is the lack of talent…..We have a 4th round rookie….a no-name (Teo) and a couple of injured underperfoming ends Bowers & AC….
    They haven’t gotten it done and we have seen enough to know that they won’t….I still believe we will see some rush tonight, however…

  5. Warrenfb12 Says:

    McCoy isn’t good either. I don’t know why people keep giving credit for almost getting there. Shows how far this franchise has fallen.

  6. Mike J Says:

    Keeping Bennett & Selvie would have helped. & we idiot fans wanted Abraham or Osi, but what do we know?? Obviously the Bucs need neither.

  7. Patrickbucs Says:


    Count me as 1 of those fans. I have had season tix since 98, they will not be renewed if he’s back.

  8. Biff Barker Says:

    Chris wins the chicken dinner. Spend all you want on an all star secondary, but this game has always been won or lost in the trenches.
    Dom, massive fail, sorry.

  9. bucfanjeff Says:

    @Warrenfb12, put down the crack pipe about McCoy.

  10. FLBoyInDallas Says:

    I’d be laughing at our pass rush, too. In fact I do laugh at it. Weekly.

  11. Nick2 Says:

    Schiano definitely deserves blame but Dominick is the GM. The questions I have are… Why were you so confident that Bowers would be an impact pass rusher? Why did you not keep Michael Bennet??? Dominicks drafting of defensive ends has been a disaster. It reminds me of Matt Millen as GM of the Lions drafting wide receivers (and Calvin Johnson wasn’t one of them) I believe Millen gave up consecutive #1 draft picks for players like Roy Williams and thats why he was run out of town. Why aren’t we asking the Glazers why we have given up multiple high draft pics for defensive ends and tackles and have no pass rush to show for it??

  12. Oil Derrick Brooks Says:

    There’s no way this is Dominick’s fault. I have been assured, repeatedly, that he has improved at his job.

    It’s not like he has final say of the roster.


  13. Mr. Patrick Says:

    If the Bucs lose this game tonight and the Tampa Bay area and Bucs Organization have another embarrassment on National TV like recently happened against Carolina with a late game empty stadium except for the fans that are chanting, holding up negative signs, wearing paper bags and Hasmat suits, then the Glazers should be in town tomorrow holding a press conference to do something that is overdue

  14. jo mama Says:

    I really don’t see tampa bay losing this game.

    I would love to see 35 to 40 passes.

    If we get ahead count on Tannehill throwing two interceptions.

    But count on him throwing one.

  15. Adam L. Says:

    I called it in another post – 1 sack. Not from the D-line.

  16. Scotty in Fat Antonio Says:

    If this article alone doesn’t get the DL fired up about tonight sans Warren Sapp night…absolutely NOTHING will.

  17. BFFL Says:

    McCoy is not a leader. He’s a loser. He’s perfectly content with losing. Sits on the sideline laughing with other players as the team is getting their ass kicked. Could you imagine what Sapp would do?

    He also thinks it’s okay to not make plays, but just be disruptive…what a joke.

  18. Clowney Says:

    I think the Bucs are on a perfect course to a dynamic pass rush. Keeping Greg Schiano is a masterful maneuver, almost guaranteeing the #1 overall pick.

    I believe there is a pass rusher available from South Carolina.

  19. Mr. Patrick Says:

    Hopefully tonight the Buc’s coaches will finally have the D-Line charging at the QB instead of backpeddling away from him

  20. FLBoyInDallas Says:

    I love it when our DE’s are covering receivers in the flat and leaving the QB enough time to make a sandwich as he waits for our DB’s to wear out and his WR’s to come open. That’s always an encouraging sight.

  21. Broy3434 Says:

    Who cares who cares who cares who cares about the pass rush. This team with this coaching staff(worst in football undoubtedly) had no chance. I thought highly but close games can’t be the story of a team. Schiano I swear to god is the worst in game manager in NFL history. Same gameplan every week same gameplan every quarter same press conference every Loss. After 0-2 I wanted this team to lose out. Schiano gone and teddy Bridgewater/clowney/pull a Rams and go with Glennon and this team takes over the division the moment drew Brees retires(even though this winless team beat him despite the refs blowing it). The best thing since 02 happened to this chise the moment Schiano started drafting and the moment he started horridly coaching. Drafted 5 rly good players but can’t coach. Period. You guys jabber constantly about this and that. Nothing matters as long as Greg is in charge. And anyone saying McCoy isn’t good should just be banned as a troll. And I’m spent

  22. blackmagic00 Says:

    I wish Schiano could do all of the drafts but leave coaching to gruden.

  23. Capt. Tim Says:

    Pass rush problems are entirely in Dom and Shiano’s lap.
    As I said last spring- if you think two second year players( both mised the majority of one season),coming off an Achilles and ACL surgery, are gonna generate a dominate Pass rush- the you better switch dealers! You can’t handle the stuff you’re doing!!

    Like all of our problems this season- it isn’t the players it’s the pathetic front office and Coaching!

    Primarily- Dom and Schiano.
    Let’s get that first pick, to welcome in our new GM and new head coach!