Galling QB Pressure Data

October 24th, 2017

“I’m not a magician.”

Joe just one-arm shoveled his desk in rage after reading this.

“BSPN NFL Matchup,” a cool X’s and O’s show for those who enjoy rising at daybreak, did a deep dive on teams that get pressure on quarterbacks. And when you read where the Bucs rank you will do a facepalm.

Though it really isn’t shocking, it’s still aggravating as hell. No team is worse at applying QB pressure than the Bucs. How bad is it? The Bucs only get a pressure on 20.4 percent of “snaps.” Just unreal.

The best? The Rams at 33.1 percent.

The Rams stat is interesting. The Bucs are quick to tell folks (over and over again) that their base defense will always be a four-man front because stud defensive tackle Gerald McCoy is not a 34-defense tackle.

Yet Wade Phillips, who took over the Rams’ defense this season, morphed the unit into a three-man front despite having the best four-man front defensive tackle in the game, Aaron Donald. And look how that turned out for the Rams.

If the Rams can run a successful three-man front using a guy like Donald sort of out of position (in theory), Joe suspects the Bucs, if they had the inclination, could also do this and still get production out of GMC, and may just improve a moribund defense.

72 Responses to “Galling QB Pressure Data”

  1. Lamarcus Says:

    Subpar teams get the most pressure. We just have a problem of being “flat” for years. 4 coaches and counting will not be the solution

  2. DB55 Says:

    production out of GMC, and may just improve a moribund defense.
    You’re a funny guy Joe remember GMC made it obviously clear (actually when Donald was up for the draft) that he would not move this position for anybody so I don’t know man probably not. Plus he said he prefers to play 3tech.

    Truth is gmc would Be best served lining up at defensive end and rushing the passer from there. Ty for listening.

  3. LakeLand Says:

    What do you expect from a team that re-signed a DE (William Gholston) who gave them 10 sacks in 4 years. 5 years $27,500,000, it’s laughable, a total joke.

  4. passthebuc Says:

    Morbid may just be a compliment

  5. Joe Says:

    Truth is gmc would Be best served lining up at defensive end and rushing the passer from there. Ty for listening.

    When GMC lines up wide, he is devastating.

  6. JabooBuc Says:

    Sorry Joe, it’s not the scheme, it’s the talent. The Rams have talent on their D Line and we have very little. If you stuck Aaron Donald on our line today, our defense would improve instantly.

    Schemes are overrated in this league. These coaches and players have seen most everything at this point. It’s all about acquiring talent and getting them to play their assignments cohesively. We are lacking both at this point.

  7. Joe Says:

    Sorry Joe, it’s not the scheme, it’s the talent.

    Yes, and what does Koetter always talk about? Getting your best players on the field. Will to wager more snaps for guys like Beckwith, Bond and Glanton is better than more snaps for Gholston and Ayers.

  8. Lord Cornelius Says:

    Man I duno but it’s really confusing. I knew our D-line was old but didn’t think they’d play like the worst unit in the entire league; especially considering Hayes’ pedigree for producing great lines in Cincy and it wasn’t always with tons of studs everywhere.

    Our coverage woe’s wouldn’t look that bad if we were just average at pressuring QBs. Too many plays I’ve been saying “too much time…”

    In general I blame the D for this season’s failures so far; but I don’t even know how to finger the blame exactly. It’s mostly the same players from last year that finished the season strong. It’s the same system and coordinator. Even with like 20% turnover or more the unit shouldn’t be regressing at all.

    The main thing is NO ONE saw it coming. Not a single poster here was predicting the defense would be really bad this year. No one was writing articles predicting it on any Bucs site anywhere.

    If I knew this would be the case it sure as hell would have changed my feelings about our season. I think all of us would have tempered expectations a ton. You can’t go the playoffs typically with a bottom 5 defense. Bottom 10 maybe; but typically everyone going to the playoffs has an average D at worst.

  9. ndog Says:

    Well this is fairly simple Joe the Rams have a DT who actually makes plays where as we have a DT who “gets in the backfield”. Put McCoy in any scheme you want and he never actually makes plays. Look it up he didn’t make plays in college he just got in the backfield. He’s all about quickness not about results.

  10. Dewey Selmon Says:

    Found it surprising that the Seahawks are only 1.3% a head of us. I thought they were one of the better front 4/7 in the league.

  11. AlteredEgo Says:

    It is not the roster…it is the attitude of the roster…..both sides of the ball…until anyone one of the 53 says…I am not good enough ….it is on the players….NO LEADERSHIP….shameful…Hey…they play the game !….I’m calling out every swinging diick…

  12. Lord Cornelius Says:

    The talent thing doesn’t make sense at all.

    This was the same D-line as last year; minus Akeem Spence and add Chris Baker – which should be considered an upgrade.

    -Same secondary as last year; except with more depth at S.

    -Same LBs as last year; although injured this year but we had Beckwith.

    Tandy / Lavonte / Kwon / others all missing time at points has hurt but we were healthy last week and there should be absolutely no excuse. These same players were suffocating offenses the 2nd half of 2016. These same players for the most part were able to shut down the Chiefs/Saints/Chargers/Seahawks last year; all who have much better offenses than the Bills.

    Hell even the losses vs Dallas/New Orleans – we still looked much more competent and competitive on defense. Our offense struggled those games and we were still in them for the most part.

    It’d be one thing if our defense just had 3-4 good games. But we were top 5 in PPG allowed over the entire last 8 games we played.

    I personally just don’t get it.

  13. Joe Says:

    Well this is fairly simple Joe the Rams have a DT who actually makes plays where as we have a DT who “gets in the backfield”

    Hhhmmm? Joe would guess chasing a running back down from 10 yards behind is “making a play.”

  14. tmaxcon Says:

    How many cvoaches, gm’s and former pro bowls defendrrs need to get run out of town before the real issue is addeessed… time to move on from the gmc expirement. clearly you cant build around him. 8 years of excuses. they’ve wasted enough time.

  15. ndog Says:

    For comparison sakes their college sack numbers in their final 3 years:

    McCoy 14.5, Donald 27.5, Suh 20.5, Fletcher Cox 24.5.

    As you can see in college these players actually produced and in the league they actually produce when it matters as well. All McCoy ever did was run really fast straight ahead which does not often result in plays being made. I felt this way the day they drafted him, and I feel this way today. Why would a guy that did not dominate in college dominate in the NFL?

  16. DB55 Says:


    You know this, I know this so why aren’t we making 5 mil a year coaching the Bucs to a Superbowl? Inquiring minds want to know.

  17. Pistol Pete Says:

    I mean at any point with the D Linemen just apologize for failing to do their jobs? Holy hell….Their lack of pressure is the key to everything else falling in line. It’s maddening.

  18. DB55 Says:

    Joe Says:
    October 24th, 2017 at 3:26 pm
    Well this is fairly simple Joe the Rams have a DT who actually makes plays where as we have a DT who “gets in the backfield”

    Hhhmmm? Joe would guess chasing a running back down from 10 yards behind is “making a play.”
    Probably the only play you can find like this, he rarely if ever chases down a play. Instead He jogs to the next los. You got lucky with this clip.

  19. ndog Says:

    Joe I know you watch the games so ask yourself this question. How many times have you been watching this team and yelled out loud will somebody step up and make a play? Now ask yourself how many times has McCoy been that guy? I can tell you quite often Aaron Donald, Suh and Cox are quite often that guy and lets remember that McCoy was the number 3 pick in the draft AND the highest paid player on this team so it is ok to actually expect him to impact the game more than a random one off play, which many players make ie Kendall in the first game of the year vs the Bears.

  20. AlteredEgo Says:

    CBA….the death of our beloved sport….the servants are ruling the castle….coaches can not coach…well allowed to do the dirty work of coaching…PC strangling this once great sport….lazy F’n players banding together covering each others asses….and oh yeah…the whole kneeling thing….empty…empty..empty…

  21. wewantgruden Says:

    They do not get pressure on the QB because they do not care. They have zero respect for their defensive coordinator AND they know that the head coach is so soft that he will not come down on them. It is not rocket science. One more thing, this team is out partying so much how in heck can they ever be prepared to play a football game. Not sure why they cannot party during the 8 months they are off during the year…..

  22. LakeLand Says:

    Aaron Donald played some 3-4 DE at Pitt. He played some 3-4 and 4-3.

  23. Negative Jeff Says:

    The 4-3 is a dinosaur. Time to what the Bears have done and move to a progressive 3-4 defense. I’ve been saying this for years.

    McCoy has an annoying personality, but he is a legit DL. No more McCoy sucks talk, please! So Stupid!

  24. Pick6 Says:

    we’ve been talking for months about how the bucs – with DT sized DEs, OLB sized rush ends and their strength at linebacker and multiple NT options – have ample personnel to attempt more 3-4. the question is do we have the coaches to coach that scheme? Not sure we do, especially if the coaches can’t get players on the same page in their scheme of choice

  25. JabooBuc Says:

    Joe, I would agree with you that getting our best players on the field would make sense. Has Smith mentioned why they are not using this scheme more?

  26. AlteredEgo Says:

    Players would rather collect their massive paychecks and play the “game”….it is so phucking sad !

  27. Joe Says:

    Joe, I would agree with you that getting our best players on the field would make sense. Has Smith mentioned why they are not using this scheme more?

    Educated hunch: They don’t believe it would benefit or enhance GMC’s skills.

  28. Joe Says:


    If, as you suggest, GMC doesn’t “make plays,” how is he one of the sack leaders for DTs? For years.

    Have seen GMC make plenty of plays. Didn’t he force Matty Ice into a bad throw to win a game? He tipped Alex Smith’s pass last year that Chris Conte picked to win the game. (Haters: Joe brought up GMC and Conte in the same sentence. React!).

    Not sure what you expect GMC to be, some superhuman animal? Joe’s seen what happens when he is not in the game. You don’t want that. Trust Joe, you don’t want that.

  29. darin Says:

    It is called lack of the blitz. Saints are a great example. They got tired of looking like the bucs n getting beatin up n down the field. So since they couldnt find reggie white either they are blitzing 50 percent of the time. Their defense is playing well, unbelievably. Its not working mike…..blitz!! Every….play. nothing to lose now

  30. DB55 Says:


    Wasn’t that Matty Ice ankle trip like 3 yrs ago? and Alex last yr? and we’re in the 6th week of the season with 4 losses? Didn’t you say we gave up the winning score in 3 plays and 46 seconds?

    Didn’t Lesean McCoy run the game winner right at GMCs gap?

    Joe I luv you brother but you slipping dude. Anyone else aka baker and you’d be all over his arse like white on rice. 13-15 mil a yr for 2 game changing plays in 3 years? So what, hmm, 22.5 mil per play. Fml where do I sign up?

  31. DB55 Says:


    If, as you suggest, GMC doesn’t “make plays,” how is he one of the sack leaders for DTs? For years.
    I got this, any idea of how many of these sacks come in the first qrt? I’d say at least 90% and 99% in the first half. Therefore you’ll never be able to protect a 4th qt lead and that why I pay you 800k per week. Amirite?

    Gmc got you fooled. Sack a q.b early and take the rest of the day off. Do it every other game and get a ticket to Hawaii.

    There’s no fight in your dog bro, NONE WHATSOEVER!

  32. Joeypoppems Says:


    I really hope your educated hunch there is incorrect. Not making changes because it might not benefit one guy when it could benefit multiple other guys is just idiotic.

    If there ever ends up being any truth to that then Mike Smith is just holding this defense back.

  33. Joeypoppems Says:


    Im gonna get you an accurate percentage there.

  34. WyomingBucsFan Says:

    Why not raid some practice squads. Sherly there’s more talented pass rushers then we currently have on another team’s PS.
    Are team’s colueding to keep players on the practice squad? I sure don’t see many transactions.

  35. Roy T. Buford Says:

    You can have 11-man front–but when the men are girls, it doesn’t matter.

  36. WyomingBucsFan Says:

    What’s the top ten best available practice squad players?

  37. Defense Rules Says:

    @Lord C … “Tandy / Lavonte / Kwon / others all missing time at points has hurt but we were healthy last week and there should be absolutely no excuse.” The players you mentioned have been each banged up the first part of this year, and I’m still not convinced that those 3 (and several others) are even close to 100%. One of the key things that HAS changed is continuity. Remember that it took the Bucs’ defense 8 games ‘to get their act together’ last year. Then came the Chicago breakthrough & off they went. The main problems I’m seeing partially deal with lack of continuity at several positions (for various reasons), but also poor tacking and inability to get off of blocks. If our defense can get that stuff straightened out, I think we’ll see some decent improvement. If not, say hello to a Top-5 draft pick next year.

  38. 941bucsfan Says:

    Hey joe go look at the bills highlights from Sunday… 95% of the highlights were against a 3-4 formation.. Nice try though

  39. bigblock690 Says:

    Will GHOLSTON Chris Baker Gerald McCoy
    Lavonte David Kwon Alexander Kendell Beckwith Noah Spence
    Brent Grimes T.J. Ward Chris Conte Robert McClain
    3-4 Defense easily solved..

  40. GhostofSchiano Says:

    Number 3 on the list, Jags, what was their ranking last year or as I like to call it BC (Before Campbell)

    My opinion of Licht changed when he failed to sign the beast incarnate Calias Campbell. Campbell alongside GMC would have been the closest we would ever get to Sapp-Rice. Now we will never know.

    Agree with JOE that maybe the 3-4 is the answer, anything is better than the stagnant lifeless “D” being run now.

  41. StPeteBucsFan Says:

    ” I’d say at least 90% and 99% in the first half.”

    And I’d say that is a horrible post DB55. Either you’re right or your wrong but nobody here has a clue because you didn’t man up and dig up those stats for us!
    You pulled a GMC and didn’t put forth ANY effort to document your OPINION.

    As for those I totally agree with…

    Lord C….Couldn’t agree more. Our back four in the defensive secondary are not superstars with the possible exception of Grimes. But it’s not just watching Bucs games that show your point…whenever I’m watching a game and seeing a QB get tons of times he also gets tons of completions. It doesn’t matter much about the talent of his WR’s or lack of talent in the opposition DB’s…if you give an NFL QB enough time he will carve ANY defense.

    Also agree with Darin. Since we’re not getting it done with the conventional D it’s time to bring on the blitz. And while we bemoan our DL we actually have a lot of players capable of blitzing…our LB corps is very fast and athletic…and maybe that would be a better use of some of our DB’s…VHG could play a Ronde role there.

  42. TheArmchairAthlete Says:

    I genuinely have a hard time comprehending all the GMC hate. The guy has literally had to put the team on his back at times. I’ve watched him take on double teams and dismantle them. Not to mention he is constantly voted into the NFL Top 100 year after year by a group of his peers.

    Does he disappear at times? Sure, but in my opinion, I think that stems more from the consistent lack of production elsewhere on the defensive front and our whiffs at DE in Free Agency and the draft since he’s been here. We whiffed on Clayborn, we whiffed on Bowers, Michael Johnson as well. The only guy who has come close to 10 sacks for us since GMC has been here (you know, besides GMC himself), was Michael Bennett (9 in 2012) – and we let him walk the year after.

    I will never take anything away from Warren Sapp – that man defined the 3-technique and was a force for over a decade. But he had, in my biased opinion, a fringe HOFer playing immediately to the right of him in Rice and one (three eventual) HOFers playing behind him in Brooke, Lynch, and Barber. That defense was the stuff of legends. Our defense – today, at least – is the stuff of nightmares.

    Give the man a break! He can’t play all four positions on the D-Line at once.

  43. DB55 Says:

    I hear you spbf

    I researched it a few years ago it was really really high but I’m getting old and don’t want to go back through the data. Have I ever steered you wrong? My street cred should speak for itself. Lol

  44. Joeypoppems Says:


    Dont worry, I went back through it. Here is what I got.

    Out of 44.5 career sacks:

    1st quarter: 13 (29%)
    2nd quarter: 13.5 (30%)
    3rd quarter: 4.5 (10%)
    4th quarter: 13.5 (30%)

    I rounded the percentages which is why it equals 99%

  45. BucEmUp Says:

    Hayes is one of the best in the business. Mike Smith is one of the worst in the business.

    THATS NOT A HARD PROBLEM TO FIGURE OUT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Mike Smith will be the end of Dirk Koetter. the end of Jameis (in tampa) , the reason guys like Mike Evans will sign elsewhere because they are tired of they’re better than average offense giving away wins because we have a stubborn Lovie Smith 2.0 defensive Coordinator calling the shots.

    I’m really really really close to being done with this team. I’ve stuck through all the years of b.s….but NEVER have we had this kind of talent on the roster and one man is holding it all back.

    I called this bullsht two years ago. This is not going to change. Same excuses every week. Blown assignments and the db’s not doing they’re job and they will fix it next week, then they will fix it next week, then they will fix it next week, then they will fix it next week. BUTT SHT!!!!!!!!!!!! Fans, players, Jameis….NOBODY DESERVES THIS CRAP!!!! GET RID OF HIM!!!!!

  46. DB55 Says:

    Thanks Joeypop

    According to joe 1/3 in the fourth. Must have been in his first year. Lol.

    Joe Says:
    July 24th, 2017 at 12:04 pm
    Lol, get mad on the field snow cone. Remember it’s a 4 qrt game. Or just ask for your release what ever puts that beautiful smile back on your face.

    Talk about a false narrative.

    A third of GMC’s sacks have come in the fourth quarter of games. Joe’s wasn’t a math major but even he can figure out most of his sacks have come in the fourth quarter.

    To make that more impressive, how many garbage teams have the Bucs fielded during GMC’s career? A lot! How many teams are going to throw on garbage teams in the fourth quarter with a lead?

    There are a lot of puzzles in the universe and one such puzzle is how a defensive player can record a sack when the offense is running the ball?

    Hope we can put this nonsense to bed about GMC not showing up in the fourth quarter. It just isn’t true

  47. BucEmUp Says:

    If Mike (Lovie Smith 2.0) Smith didn’t have his db’s playing soft cloud coverage MAYBE…JUST MAYBE THERE WOULDNT ALWAYS BE SOMEONE OPEN TO DUMP THE BALL OFF TO. MAYBE THE D-LINE WOULD HAVE MORE TIME!!!


  48. BucEmUp Says:

    JabooBuc Says:
    October 24th, 2017 at 3:18 pm
    Sorry Joe, it’s not the scheme, it’s the talent. The Rams have talent on their D Line and we have very little. If you stuck Aaron Donald on our line today, our defense would improve instantly.

    Schemes are overrated in this league. These coaches and players have seen most everything at this point. It’s all about acquiring talent and getting them to play their assignments cohesively. We are lacking both at this point.


  49. rgibbons Says:

    GMC is a DT and not a edge rusher. DT”s disrupt in the back field , which GMC does. We lack talent at DE and teams just double up on GMC. Spence needs to improve on his playing IMO. Once the DE”s start rushing like they should GMC would become more disruptive.
    You arm chair GM”s and Coaches would get rid of all the talent we have.
    Mike Smith ran a very good defense in Jacksonville that was better than Tampa Bay in some stats so Stfu you so called fans.

  50. Destinjohnny Says:

    Blame the person who Drafts the players.
    In the deepest defensive lineman draft in 20 years
    Vh3 who should have been a third round pick
    Spence – 238 pound end with one move
    Trade up for a kicker
    There is your story
    We take 3 lineman we are a playoff team

  51. Ateonetree Says:

    Time for the bucs to have Mccoy switch to Left DE this offeason. Have him lean up a bit and he can be our C. Campbell

  52. 813bucboi Says:

    We know how bad they are?…. what is Smitty going to do about it!!!!….on to the Panthers!!!… We need this game!!!….GO BUCS!!!

  53. LakeLand Says:

    There’s only so much Smitty can do. He can bench the trash, then go to the bench and get worst trash. It’s the poor decisions by the GM that put the defensive coaches in this terrible situation. If Smitty bench William Gholston and Robert Ayers. Who can he get off the bench? Maybe Noah Spence, Will Clarke or Ryan Russell, these guys will not make a difference. He benched VH3 and went with Robert McClain, was there a difference? He rotate Chris Conte,Justin Evans and T.J.Ward, if not for there jersey number, you wouldn’t notice the difference. Kwon come back and they move Kendell Beckwith to WILL, and the Bills still run for 173 yards. He rotate Clinton McDonald and Chris Baker, same results. Everyone is blaming the scheme and coaching. But this is the exact same scheme that won 9 games for them last season. The problem is, Jason Lich spent so much time getting…Weapons for Winston, that he neglected the defense. He added some players, some locker room cancer sticks. He should have re-signed Bradley McDougald at Free Safety. That was a huge mistake..signing T.J.Ward after Denver cut him also was a mistake. Mike Smith can only do so much, he’s not a miracle worker.

  54. JabooBuc Says:

    BucEmUp: Great analysis but moving your corners up isn’t really scheme. Plus, moving them up only disrupts timing if the other team fears our rush. In case you hadn’t noticed, no team fears our rush. So, you move the corners up and their getting beat deep every play.

    Pick your poison. The fact is, they void of talent.

  55. Destinjohnny Says:

    Lakeland buc well said

  56. Kobe Faker Says:

    very good posts by destiny johnny, lakeland, jaboobuc

    its our lack of talent and not mike smith

    kobe told this website 2016 was straight trash a year ago…we are paying for it and have to DRAFT THE DAMN POSITIONS AGAIN

    that means we are going backwards like want is happening now because we have to plug those 3 positions which we didnt on 2016

    our 2016 defensive roster was superior than lichts 2017

    **justin evans should not be on the field right now…he is not ready

  57. gotbbucs Says:

    Said it about McCoy as soon as they drafted him, he’s more Justin Tuck than he is Warren Sapp. The few times that I’ve seen them put him wide in a 5-tech he has done well. They did that with him on occasion at Oklahoma.
    He’s a left defensive end in a 3 front or 4 front. Much harder to double team playing over the right tackle.

  58. gotbbucs Says:

    This team needs a young defensive coordinator. These old guys are hell bent on running a straight up four man base defense and refuse to come out of it.

  59. Destinjohnny Says:

    Put in 4 badasses and you win early and often.

  60. Mike Johnson Says:

    Rams are ballin. But..Didn’t we have a shot at Aaron Donald? Dude is a straight up beast..relentless. He might even be better than Sapp when its all over and done. My Chorus/?DEFENSE WINS CHAMPIONSHIPS. It how we won our 1st one. Just keep on watchin Jameis throw..Beau-ti-Fil spirals. Watch Jameis pile up anaconda type stats. And watch our..PityFul defense. Lynch/Sapp and Brooks say, they would have loved to have had 20 pt a game. Hell, We..gotta outscore teams to beat them. Cause our Defense gonna let teams score time and time and Again. Bring in Gruden and Dungy!!!! Send Koetter and Smith apackin just like Mr Blanks did in ATL.

  61. Brad Isherwood Says:

    Why not run some 3-4 when the opponent O is inside their 30…..bring some Blitz.
    Change things up.
    Bucs zone defence is too predictable. ……and it’s terrible.
    Why are we not talking about players being brought in for Rush ends?
    GM is continuing to disappoint
    Generate turnovers and pick 6
    Gotta get this jinx off the D

  62. BigMacAttack Says:

    Something has to give and I’d bet the Glazers’ have let Dirk and Mike know that they better fix it quickly.

  63. MadMax Says:

    eh…signed a DE, we’ll see

  64. NFLNut Says:

    You see the Lions and Seahawks are just slightly better than us though … and both of those are quality defenses … because they have multiple ballers in the defensive backfield!

  65. Mord Says:

    Darryl Tapp, huh? We’re back on the rise towards middling again!

  66. Brad Isherwood Says:

    Mad Max Says:

    Thanks for posting the link : )

    Maybe Bucs practice some 3-4 for Panthers.
    Competition and recent games = motivation.
    Was Google Alstott photos with players trying to stop the beast.
    Give Barber the ball vs Panthers. ….
    We need a downhill running Fridge like Alstott.

  67. James Walker Says:

    Are you sure that the differences are statistically significant? And yes, I mean mathematically and quantitatively statistically significant?

  68. LakeLand Says:

    Kobe…The sad part is that we didn’t have to spend a 2nd pick on Justin Evans. We didn’t have a need at FS, Justin Licht created a need when he refused to re-sign Bradley McDougald. Licht refusal to re-sign McDougald threw the entire free agency and draft out of wack. Now they have to sign a free agent safety, and spend a high draft pick on a safety. They gave JJ Wilcox $8.5 million for 2 seasons, then they spent a 2nd round pick on Evans. After drafting Evans in the 2nd round, signing Wilcox, Ward, they’re still worst than they were with McDougald.

  69. DislocatedBucsFan Says:

    I’d like to see 34.

    GMC and Gholston 5tech
    Baker nt
    lvd will
    Beckwith mlb bond mlb
    Kwon Rush end. (Spence if he’s healthy)

    Not a bad look at the front 7.

  70. Bucsfanman Says:

    To me, if I’m coach, you don’t get a choice whether 4-3 or 3-4. How much difference is there anyway? One guy stands up and you blitz from 4 different positions. To say that GMC or whoever can’t play in a 3-4 is utterly ridiculous! Please explain the intricacies of playing on the defensive line. It’s not like playing QB for goodness sake! You don’t need an advanced degree.
    I wouldn’t care what GMC wants. It’s not his team. FIX IT!

  71. Bob in Valrico Says:

    Good analysis armchair athlete
    Especially on Sapp and players that had his back at every level of the defense.
    5 legendary players in my book including Sapp.
    Right now all we have is GMC and the linebackers that really stand out. We are not getting enough good play from D line or secondary.

  72. Brandon Says:

    Just like a bunch of Madden loving dummies to think we can have success from a “simple” jump to a 3-4…. hmmmm, NO! We’d need our LBs to pack on 20 lbs a piece, have our NT put on 20 lbs and our DEs too. We are not built or drafted to run the 3-4 as a base defense effectively. No, our 4-3 isn’t effective either, but it is the best defense for the current players’ skill set.