It All Starts With Pressure

November 16th, 2014
Clinton McDonald and Lavonte David put Robert Griffin III on his back for one of the six Bucs sacks today. (Photo courtesy of

Clinton McDonald and Lavonte David put Robert Griffin III on his back for one of the six Bucs sacks today. (Photo courtesy of

Until today, with the possible exception of the win over Pittsburgh, the Bucs were rumored to have a pass rush. They didn’t.

Evan against teams with beat up offensive lines put together with baling wire, the Bucs were more often than not humbled up front.

Today, the pass rush finally showed up. Finally.

The Bucs racked up six sacks — six! — two by the immortal Jacquies Smith of all people. Whether it was Lovie Smith or Josh McCown or Johnthan Banks, the Bucs raved after the game about the pass rush that set the tone for the defense, which held the Redskins to a lone touchdown.

“We were relentless from the start,” Lovie said. “We had hard core pressure from the start. Made the quarterback throw some bad passes.”

Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III was flustered throwing two picks.

“Our defensive line got after it today and made it easy for us to make plays,” Banks said.

Lovie always preaches on how he needs pressure on the quarterback for his defense to work. That is exactly what happened today.

16 Responses to “It All Starts With Pressure”

  1. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Who would have thunk?

  2. bucrightoff Says:

    RGIII is horrible. Glennon and McCown both way better.

  3. Espo Says:

    Jacquies Smith stepped up big time. I hope he’s the answer to our woes.

  4. ForgotAboutDre Says:

    Anybody who is surprised by Jacq Smith getting sacks hasn’t been paying attentuon. Hes consistently looked like our best DE

  5. Soggy Says:

    I want more of it..Ya Baby..

  6. OneLove Says:

    Jaquies Smith was another GREAT signing by Lovie Smith!! Get it L&L!! I mean he even has Larry English playing some decent football!! This guys a magician!!

  7. John McKillop Says:

    Jacquies Smith looks like a keeper. Good find by Jason Licht and the scouting department. The young man has speed and plays physical, Love it!

  8. Pete 422 Says:

    How did we even get J. Smith?

  9. Brandon Says:

    Pete 422 Says:
    November 16th, 2014 at 6:56 pm
    How did we even get J. Smith?

    Was in Atlanta as an OLB this past offseason. Got cut in final round of cuts. I remember seeing him on Hard Knocks. He’s got burst and tenacity.

  10. Capt.Tim Says:

    Great game D-line

    Free agency is a lot like fishing. You try to be in the right area, with the right bait- but you never know.

    No matter what they did before, or what they promise- you never know what you’ve got- till you land them.
    And it’s seems to me, you gotta throw more back, than you keep!

    Thankfully- L&L have kept looking. Seen several new names on the field.
    Lb named Lemon, DL named something like Farfegnugen

    I do know this. Jac Smith and Larry English both had more impact on today’s game than Bowers or Clayborn

    ‘Nuff said

    Keep catching and throwing Back- eventually you’ll catch one!

  11. Pickgrin Says:

    Nice job today D-Line.

  12. unbelievable Says:

    It was a good job out there, but people lets also remember that washingtons o-line is Absolute garbage. Possibly the only o-line worse than our own.

  13. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    Their best online man went down. I’m not impressed.

  14. BucfaninMi Says:

    So… They’re undefeated when Johnson gets a sack.

  15. ddneast Says:

    Good to see all the Debbie Downers didn’t all stop posting.
    Capt. Tim, Clayborn hasn’t played since the first game of the season.
    I believe Smith was signed off the Bills practice squad and yes, he has been playing hard and well the last few weeks.
    Washington does not have a horrible offensive line and has actually moved the ball well this year. We are without a starting DE and McCoy is playing with a bad groin. So goes it in the NFL Chicago Bonzai.
    I have been as disappointed in Johnson as everyone else but I watched him a few times today and he is definitely protecting that high ankle sprain. If you don’t sit them out for a few weeks straight, they have a tendency to linger the whole season. This might be the case here.

  16. BoJim Says:

    Sprains take a long time to heal up. It takes longer if you run hard. Not making excuses for Johnson, just sayin.