Here Comes The Blitz

October 11th, 2017

The current numbers add up, and so does the mindset of the Arizona Cardinals’ head coach.

The Bucs head to the dome in the desert Sunday, where Bruce Arians literally lives by the motto “No Risk It, No Biscuit.”

Perhaps that’s why he and general manager Steve Keim traded for Adrian Peterson yesterday?

Forget about Arians’ explosive offense (yes, they still turn out a lot of big plays), the Cardinals defense likes to bring the blitz. Per BSPN, the Cardinals blitz on 32 percent of passes. That’s the eighth highest ration in the NFL.

That brings Joe back to last season, when the Bucs were embarrassed by Arizona, 40-7 in Week 2.

Data-driven, limousine-ridin’, jet-flyin’, kiss-stealin’, data-analyzin’, Bucs-film-studyin’ Thomas Bassinger of the Tampa Bay Times wrote a story a year ago examining what went wrong  for America’s Quarterback, Jameis Winston.

Bassinger noted that in the first half, when the game wasn’t totally out of reach, the Cardinals sent a six-man pass rush a total of five times. On those plays, Jameis was 1-of-5 with a fumble, an interception, a sack and an 11-yard completion.

So Joe is expecting more blitzing against Jameis, who typically has handled it well in his career, though former Giants Pro Bowler Shaun O’Hara might disagree. Throw in that the Cardinals might want to see if Doug Martin’s pass blocking is a rusty, and they might blitz more than once every three dropbacks.

This should bode well for Jameis, who has for more targets to work with this season, and another year of experience in the offense.

29 Responses to “Here Comes The Blitz”

  1. 813bucboi Says:

    it could work in our favor if they blitz heavy….mike can box out defenders on a quick slant and djax can take it to the house on a hot read quick slant….oj and brate could get open down the middle of the field….

    if you watched the philly vs cards games, n.agulor smoked bubba baker when they sent a blitz at wentz….and wentz did nothing special…he simply slide over, stepped up and delivered a catchable deep ball….

    philly killed them everytime they blitzed….hopefully we can do the same….don’t get cute dirk…play to the strength of your players…run the ball…playaction…play good defense…GO BUCS!!!!

  2. MadMax Says:

    Get your head right Jameis!! Dont wait until the 4th qtr drive 75% of your yards. Need that O line and the WR/TE to get right too.

    You too Coach K! The play calling was horrible last game….find what works and keep using it until they stop it. (Martin was working but you went away from it, why?)

  3. dooshlarue Says:

    Wise words 813bucboi.

  4. RayJameisStadium Says:

    This should bode well for Jameis, who has for more targets to work with this season, and another year of experience in the offense. – Joe


    We might start seeing Jackson or Howard burn rubber on those blitz all the way to the end zone!!!

  5. TheBucsAnthem Says:

    Here comes “bad Jameis “

  6. Nole4JabooANDdBucs Says:

    Here comes “bad fans”
    Go BUCS☠

  7. Nole4JabooANDdBucs Says:

    Here comes “bad fans”
    Go BUCS☠

  8. DB55 Says:

    Arz is aweful. 2 wins against 2 teams with a combined 2 wins. They needed OT to beat the colts and San Fran. No running game and a Swiss cheese secondary. This should be an easy game if not well then wtf do I know?

  9. Tampa Bay Tailgater Says:

    Two big things we need to see in AZ:

    Jameis needs to step up in the pocket when they blitz.

    Get Charles Simms into some screens when they blitz.

  10. Dusthty Rhothdes Says:

    mike evans is probably going to be a non factor this week but desean and maybe the TEs depending on how it will be blocked could have a huge week if jameis can get over the top because aside from patrick peterson who will show VH3 what it is like to be a number 1 cover corner…they dont have any cover guys and carson wentz lit up the secondary last week so jameis should do the same

  11. Sunday74 Says:

    Why even put Bucs in your Username with that statement. GO BUCS!!

  12. Cobraboy Says:

    Slow the blitz down with draws and screens.

    The #1 problem with the Bucs last year in Arizona was a case of The BulletProof Big Head.

    The team was too immature to ignore the praise from the press.

    I hope team narcissism is ancient history or there could be another Debacle in the Desert.

    Recall what LaVonte David said:

    We probably were on our high horse coming off of our first win, coming into Wednesday thinking we’re big and bad — this is a humbling league. Coming off a win and coming back to get our butts kicked 40-7 — it’s a humbling league. Hopefully we learn from that.”

  13. Bucsfanman Says:

    Play-calling, play-calling, play-calling! Lets not wait till the 3rd and 4th quarter to adjust the plays like we did against the blitzing Giants. Get the ball out of his hands quickly, throw slants, and throw screens (NOT the same one we always do to Hump!). This is where coaches are supposed to earn their money.

  14. Pickgrin Says:

    If Oline (including TEs and RBs) can pick up on the blitzes well – Winston is likely to have a big day this Sunday.

  15. NFLNut Says:

    To me, Bruce Arians is the 2nd best coach in the NFL behind Bellichick … I love that dude! That said … Bucs 30-24

  16. Bucsfanman Says:

    @NFLNut- He’s a great coach and a really likable guy! He’s also VT Alum!
    Go Hokies!
    Go Bucs!

  17. MadMax Says:

    Yeah, Arians is one of my faves.

  18. Mike Johnson Says:

    Teams study each other. Bruce Arians will be prepared! The Cardinals are loved (win or Lose) by arizona fans. The stadium will be filled and loud. I’ve been there and its deaf defying. Arians is a no nonsense guy who does make game adjustments. Our Defensive line must…push their middle hard. It is weak. We gotta have our DE’s collapsing the edges. Carson Palmer cannot handle pressure. Its not so much the sacks but making him flustered and hurry. This is not only a winnable game for us but a..Must win. Give ole man Palmer time and he will eat you alive. Come on Bucs..Seize this opportunity!!

  19. Pick6 Says:

    all week the offensive practive should be focused on finding the singled or uncovered guy. just drill relentlessly on keeping possessions alive vs the blitz. Drive them nuts hitting DJax on slants and finding brate and humphries in the spots the blitzers vacated. First down after first down. Make Patrick Peterson throw another sideline tantrum

  20. Kobe Faker Says:

    “Mark it down. Licht beer is going to bring released Arians to be our new offensive coordinator next year”

    Kobe Faker


  21. Trubucfan22 Says:

    I like when teams blitz winston. He has good movement in the pocket and escaping out of it. It also means someone is open down field. Winston has a chance tonmake big plays when the defense blitzes him. All of that of course is relying on the o line to pick up the blitz and give winston at least a little time to find that open man.

  22. NFLNut Says:

    ^ If Arians is released he’d get a HEAD COACHING gig in about 5 minutes … no way he serves a mere coordinator to Dirk Koetter imho …

  23. Kobe Faker Says:

    BA has serious health issues

    dont know if any team wants to commit with BA because of his medical condition and possibly BA wants to have a less stressful position

    No doubt there is past between BA and Licht beer /Jaboo

    “I need a contract”

    Licht beer

  24. Duke Says:

    Wahoo Wahoo! UVA all day

  25. Bucsfanman Says:

    @Duke- You must’ve run out of mattresses to burn!!!! 🙂
    We’ll see you November 24th. The Commonwealth will stay in Blacksburg!

  26. NFLNut Says:

    Kobe Faker … if Bruce Arians is signed to be our offensive coordinator next season I will be thrilled! I just don’t see it happening …

  27. SB Says:

    He is the second best QB in the league when blitzed. Don’t see the big deal here.

  28. Kobe Faker Says:


    your probably right…we definitely need a OC

    you think OJ Stocker might have more than 1 target this week?

  29. firethecannons Says:

    Bring it–I agree, this year is not last year. I believe we can handle cards better this year. I have heard on radio out here that Arians likely to play action pass quite a bit this game then actually plug in AP much more the following week in London.