Pass Rush = First Half No-Show

September 18th, 2016
Before Robert Ayers let the game with an injured left ankle, he was ineffective along with his defensive line mates.

Before Robert Ayers let the game with an injured left ankle, he was ineffective along with his defensive line mates.

Joe benefited from a live press box view of today’s game, followed by quickly watching each play on a nearby TV monitor, and next came the end-zone-view replay on the University of Phoenix Stadium giant video boards.

It was a 15-second education over and over again.

What Joe learned was the Bucs’ pass rush was a no-show — repeatedly.

Before Robert Ayers went down in the second quarter with a left ankle injury, he was a non-factor. Gerald McCoy got some penetration, but not enough, and he had no help.

Noah Spence, where have you been? Great instincts on a third-quarter sack by Spence, who cut inside after a failed edge move and Carson Palmer held the ball too long.

Will Gholston? You’re a beast against the run but you don’t breathe on QBs.

Howard Jones?

Carson Palmer was 15-of-27 in the first half for 213 yards and three touchdowns. A couple of Lavonte David blitzes led to hits, but not incompletions.

Palmer also opened the second half with all kinds of time, which led to David Johson’s 58-yard catch-and-run on first down.

Bucs simply have to rush the passer. This is the NFL in 2016.

14 Responses to “Pass Rush = First Half No-Show”

  1. Buc believer Says:

    Who let Lovie Dovie coach again?

  2. The Buc Realist Says:

    So much for those that said that the DT was the strength of the team!!!! Though watching the game from a great TV, If I was Jason Licht I would send in a couple of tapes to the NFL Office of some major jersey grabbing cardinals!!!!!!!!!

  3. LargoBuc Says:

    Our pass rush loiked good against a so so oline. Arizona does not have a so so o line.
    Our receivers looked good against a soft secondary. Arizona hads a great secondary.
    We are not there yet. Our roster is still developing. Our players were out matched. We had no way to exploit Arizona’s weakness’.
    And yes, the team looked like it was being coached by Lovie. Hmmm.

  4. This Guy Right Here Says:

    We’ve got a ways to go… our D isnt developed enough to takeover a game yet.

    As of right now, its all on #3… as Jameis goes, so goes the Bucs.

  5. NashvilleBuc Says:

    as Jameis goes, so goes the Bucs.

    ^^^^^^^ this

  6. Stpetebucsfan Says:

    As of right now, its all on #3… as Jameis goes, so goes the Bucs.

    I do not disagree Guy. But he doesn’t have to carry us totally…he simply cannot suck it up as badly as he did today. That was the worst I’ve seen him play since that first half against UF. FSU fans may know better than me…but that was a truly horrid performance.

    Did the rest of the team play poorly…pretty much…but it didn’t matter…we shall not win any games where #3 plays like he did today. He is the QB. He’s going to win some and lose some…today was a huge L.

    Here is the great news. It looked as bad as a half dozen losses all rolled into one but it still only counts as 1 loss.

    Chew on this one Bucs…for tonight…feel horrible…you should…but tomorrow is a new day and we’re 1-1.

  7. GhostoSchiano Says:

    Jameis must have thouggt the bucs all had Seminole jerseys and these were the louisville cardinals not the Arizona cardinals. What a beatdown

  8. dmatt Says:

    Pitiful performance. I said earlier in the year we need someone with speed at wr. DBs have no respect for VJ or Evans. Both r one dimensional players. Two of the Ints by Winston could’ve been prevented had Evans made an attempt to play some defense. I watched college players help out their QB by making efforts to knock the ball down. Evans give up too easy n VJ is done…he shows no effort. The only one goes above n beyond for Jameis is humphries. When everything goes our way then Evans consider himself all pro. He’s an average wr. Players such as Antonio brown, Julian alderman, Jordan Nelson would have helped Jameis out. The aforementioned players for us played pessimistic, scared n timid. The cardinals played determined n aggressive. Where’s our pass rush? Why not let Winston run if receivers r constantly covered? Poor coached game. We NEED receivers!!! We NEED a pass rush!!! Jameis don’t deserve mediocre from his receivers. They again failed to come to step up to the plate.

  9. Stpetebucsfan Says:

    BTW…before we got to the usual whipping boys…GMC…VJAX…Grimes…give it a rest. LVD sucked as badly as #3 today. He took a horrible angle covering on pass coverage. LVD and #3 have too much tape in the can where they have played great.

    There is every reason to believe they’ll return to form.

    We lost this game as much as AZ beat us. Not saying the Cards couldn’t have whipped us but we played sooooo poorly we won’t know unless we meet them in the playoffs.

  10. Stpetebucsfan Says:

    Please Dmat!!! #3 sucked today. Just face it. I love the kid and would not trade him for any other young QB but somedays you get the bear and somedays the bear gets you…#3 is going to get ME or VJAX killed with all those high throws especially over the middle.

    ME an average player. Now you guys are just posting nonsense. Could he have perhaps gotten a hand up on that first Petersen int…perhaps…looked to me like he lost the ball…VJAX had a couple of balls clearly thrown behind him.

    Sometimes #3 just has an off day where he can’t hit the side of the barn..he goes all JFRO on us..fortunately today…those kind of days are the exception not the rule.

    He will be ready for the home opener next week.

  11. Mike Johnson Says:

    What the hell did you guys expect?..HUH?!! Arizona is one of the top 5 teams in the NFL people. Their Offensive line is..crazy strong. Did you see a Buc pass rush today? NO. That because of them Hogs AZ got. A lot of you buc fans refuse to do your homework on our opposition instead opting for cheerleading yells. Arizona Balls. And when you give Palmer that kind of time? I aslo fault Koetter for leaving Winston in the last 6 or 7 minutes. He took a beatdown. I told you guys last wk it was going to be a nasty low down ugly physical game. And it was. Just look at the injuries we had. Now WE/you Buc fans see what a good team is suppose to look like. BUTT..there’s no rest for the weary. Our Bucs can cry on the long plane ride home. Up Next? The Rams. And ohhh, there are no cakewalk either. There D line actually rushes! Winnable though.

  12. James Walker Says:

    The sky is falling! The sky is falling! So what, the better team won. Did you really expect the Bucs to win the second road game in 2 weeks across the country against who will probably be the Super Bowl champs?

  13. BigHogHaynes Says:

    14 games to go, 8 more wins to get!

  14. Ray Rice Says:

    Oh Aunt Geraldine! Where are you?