Have The Bucs Found A Pass Rush?

November 15th, 2016
Pass rush discovered?

Pass rush discovered?

The Bucs’ missing pass rush for the past decade is so unnerving, Joe has been known to fastball empty beer bottles at the garbage truck when it rolls by on collection days.

The fact this franchise, through all the draft picks and Team Glazer loot, cannot produce a decent pass rush is simply mind-numbing. Could it be, those days are numbered?

Someone typing for Pat Kirwan’s fantastic site, Real Football Network (there is no byline) had a note about the Bucs pass rush that got Joe’s antennae up.

The Bucs have been getting after the QB with 12 sacks in the last four games. They had another four on Sunday. But they also forced four turnovers, recorded a safety, and scored on an INT return.

Wow, 12 sacks in the past four games? Granted there was an extra quarter thrown in there because of the overtime loss to the Raiders. But if you average that out, three sacks a game, through a full season, that’s 48 sacks. Just as a comparison, that would have tied the Steelers for third-most sacks in the NFL for 2015.

This is something Joe will monitor the next couple of weeks. Is the recent flurry of sacks a fluke or a sign of things to come?

17 Responses to “Have The Bucs Found A Pass Rush?”

  1. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    No. They have not found a pass rush. Not even close.

    They played a bad team and got a few sacks or applied pressure.

    Do the same against a good team and we’ll talk.

  2. Brandon Says:

    Even teams great at sacking the QB pad their stats against bad pass protecting teams. Even great sacking teams often have trouble getting to QBs against great pass blocking teams. Not saying the pass rush is for real, not saying it isn’t…but just like Joe, we’ll see.

  3. mike n Says:

    12 sacks in 4 games sounds great and we totally dominated the 2nd worst team in the NFL but I saw D Carr and Matt RYAN stand in the pocket long enough to check all there social media accounts. We still have a long way to go

  4. Louis Friend Says:

    1000 yards of passing combined sandwiched in those 4 games. No, they don’t have a pass rush.

  5. orlbucfan Says:

    Mebbe it’s a combination of first teamers coming back from injuries, and Smith figuring out his players’ strengths. Example: we’re starting to see LVD and the KWONSTER blitzing. I’ve been waiting on that one all season. I don’t know about our next game. Famous will have to play his very best as a Buc. That goes for the whole team, DK, and Smith. Playing the Chiefs at Arrowhead….that ain’t da 2016 Bears.

  6. tmaxcon Says:

    imagine how much faster N Spence could develop if he had some help a DT… Get Spence some help. A reliable solid DT is a must the current part timers need to go.

  7. Mike Johson Says:

    One game against a below 500 team and we got a pass rush huh? What a hoot!! You makin me laugh Joe! Do it for about 4 consecutive games and then we can say we something.

  8. j$mac Says:

    I like that Noah Spence is becoming a superstar but i hate he is playing thru injury and the injury is real threatening to being placed on IR but we have something in him. No@h Spence is the best man upfront for years to come to go along with Will Gholston who i think is a legend in the making. He needs a payday this offseason Gholston that is of course. Ayers is playing great but i just feel he doesnt need to play everydown in one spot or one position either nor Clinton Mcdonald. Mcdonald needs to rotate at end due to his high energy but thosr are some scenarios we could use to protect our injured rookie while he continues to develop

  9. pick6 Says:

    the bucs pass rush is not as feeble as it looked against 2 of the hottest offenses in the NFL, nor are they as beastly as they looked against the struggling 49ers and bears. The blitzes work a whole lot better against shaky offenses experiencing continuity problems on the OL or at QB

  10. LakeLandBuc Says:

    Trust me, they will need a pass rush. The QB’s we have to face during our remaining games: Alex Smith, Russell Wilson, Phillip Rivers, Drew Brees, Dak Prescott, Drew Brees, Cam Newton. They will need a pass rush and some pass defense. They better eat their Wheaties and drink their milk.

  11. Willy D Buc Says:

    Clinton McDonald and more blitzing/aggressiveness after the mini-bye made a difference. Please, keep it up, Coach Smitty!!
    GO BUCS!!!

  12. Willy D Buc Says:

    @ tmaxcon
    Part time DTs need to go?! You’re loony!
    As long as Spence, Ayers, McDonald, McCoy and Gholston stay healthy, we’ll have a pass rush against anyone. Coach Hayes will see to that.

  13. d-roca Says:

    Yes when they are healthy and have All the starters in they have a decent rush. Plus they blitzed more. Keep sending them smitty

  14. tmaxcon Says:

    Willy D Buc

    Considering McDonald has already missed a bunch of time and has never played a full 16 schedule and obviously mccoy is often injured and has missed i believe a total of 21 or so games – so how is that not part time.

  15. DWE Says:

    Sundays effort was great. Sacks can be misleading when the QB has all day to pass but receivers covered. Consistent pressure and hits on theQB is what is needed. We did this against the bears and many instances where cutler had a buc in his face. We need this same effort in every game

  16. SOEbuc Says:

    Haha Willy D. I like how you put it with Carr and Ryan. It’s nice that we have all our starters (minus Jaq) back on the line. McDonald plays a huge role up the middle. That blitz and tight coverage that we have all be waiting for worked on Sunday Smitty so stick with it!! Im loving Noah right now but I still think we need to get a good, young inside rusher opposite of him. Lovin these specs right now, but in time , we shall see.

  17. Mojiska Says:

    I really hate another d email is sorely needed. Move ayers to a more situational guy for gholston.a rotation in the idle of spence, mccoy, McDonald and a solid prospect could be scary. Need safety help bad tho. Without the least 1 good safety who can cover man or zone will allow the d to blitz more without leaving a tight end wide open.