Chris Baker Talks Double-Digit Sacks

June 24th, 2017

A rare OTA sighting of Chris Baker

The Bucs finding a 10-sacks guy is about as difficult as Joe scoring a cheerleader’s phone number.

Tampa Bay once was on the cusp possessing that modern-era sackmaster, Michael Bennett, but the Bucs kicked him out of town for no good reason in his prime. Bennett went on to four impact seasons in Seattle, where he earned a Super Bowl ring, two Pro Bowl invitations and missed just five games in four years.

Joe, well, Joe was never on the cusp of possessing a cheerleader’s phone number, although Joe does have cheerleader fans.

But about that 10-sack guy, Robert Ayers thinks Noah Spence should be a 15-sacks man this season. Many Bucs fans think Ayers himself should get to double digits. Newcomer defensive tackle Chris Baker, who scored 3 1/2 sacks last year in and six in 2016, has his eye on 10 sacks.

Baker was in his Connecticut hometown last week helping kids. He told media in attendance that he wants to be among the NFL greats this season, and the 29-year-old thinks his teammates could get him there.

“Go out there and get more than 10 sacks,” Baker said of his personal goal. “You know, I’ve never been able to play with this much talent before on defense, so [there’s] a lot of key pieces on our team, and hopefully I can just come here and get this team to the next level.”

You can watch Baker’s full interview below.

Baker was signed to add juice to the pass rush and upgrade a run defense that fell off last year, and because Clinton McDonald has been eggshell fragile for two consecutive seasons.

Ten sacks for Baker? Joe would be happy with five accompanied by consistent disruption.

17 Responses to “Chris Baker Talks Double-Digit Sacks”

  1. Casual Observer Says:

    They have excellent depth at DL and DT. In fact the only two areas of concern to me are depth at OT and LB. Pretty solid roster.

  2. destinjohnny Says:

    he is dreaming

  3. Pete Mitchell Says:

    “I’m tired of low expectations!” – Americas Quarterback

  4. BigHogHaynes Says:

    Keeping constant pressure on the QB would be nice!!

  5. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    I’ll believe it when I see it.

  6. Bird Says:

    He was the guy that got doubled in Washington. Not anymore. Anything possible. 10 sacks for def tackle is not easy period However , someone will get 10. Pick your poison if line is healthy of course.
    For all these comments that he has no chance , just FYI , he was the most consistent player on redskins defense last year in front 7. Got 2 buddies who are huge redskins fans and believe their opinion.

  7. Defense Rules Says:

    Most of the teams we play this year have pretty decent OLines. Bucs DLine strength appears right now to be in the middle, and I’d expect opposing teams to focus more on that, at least initially in the season. If Bucs do get a 10-sack guy, I’d more expect it to be one of our DEs. Noah Spence or Jack Smith come to mind.

  8. Stpetebucsfan Says:

    Noah Spence blows up this year and gets more than 10…

    Jack Smith…Baker and several others contribute which creates a monstrous decision for OC’s around the league. Finally GMC has talent around him and he finally reached nirvana with ten sacks.

    I think GMC’s pursuit of ten sacks is one of the most compelling individual stories.
    For the first time in his Buc’s career he’s on a DL with some good talent around him.

  9. webster Says:

    I dont care about 10 sacks as much as i care about constant disruption. Thats more important than sacks. You can get a sack on first or second down and the team can still scores a touchdown on that drive. Constant disruption does not allow a qb to get comfortable and throws him and the offense off their game all day long. Give me that and the bucs will be a ok. Disruption is the key

  10. Fred E. Bucs Says:

    Joe’s frustration is well placed and documented. Me, I don’t care about a 10 sack guy as much as I care about a defensive unit that totals them out. I’d rather have a strong D that brings them from all over than one beast….who goes down for the season on single play. Systems, not people. Yeah, you need studs, but you need to work it as a team.

  11. Fsuking Says:

    I had not thought about our lack of linebacker depth until casual observer brought it up. If Korn or Levonte go down, we are screwed

  12. BucEmUp Says:

    The thing that makes it hard for the pass rush to get to the qb is our soft coverage always scared to give uo the home run play they never get aggressive on the line and jam the reciever. This would automatically give the pass rush an extra second to get to the qb on obvios passing downs. Ive been waiting to see just a little of.this from the bucs forever. Sick of watching the same crap coverage because it affects the pass rush abiliry to get there

  13. No_Bucs_Given Says:

    Went to highschool with Bake. He’s a good dude.

  14. Buccfan37 Says:

    My crystal balls, one plastic one glass tell me Baker’s play will boost our defense very much. Under pressure, reality in the making right around the corner.

  15. BUCLUV55 Says:

    Joe, don’t get me wrong… Micheal Bennett is great and you’re right we should never have let him go for the contract he got. But even if we had kept him we could still be in the same situation, no 10+ sack guy. I don’t think he’s ever had 10+ sacks, like you said, on the cusp but not there.
    You may have kicked this dead horse enough times now.

  16. Wesley Says:

    This guy is gonna be a bust.

  17. 813bucboi Says:

    as long as sacks turn into wins….GO BUCS!!!