No Pressure, Either

October 15th, 2017

Think pressure is more important than sacks. OK, the Bucs are last in the league at pressure.

Once upon a time, during the great 10-6 season of 2010, the Bucs won games with no significant pass rush. Defensive ends that year totaled — totaled! — just 10.5 sacks.

That’s why the Bucs ran out in 2011 and drafted Adrian Clayborn and Da’Quan Bowers.

That didn’t work, and neither did letting emerging stud DE Michael Bennett walk out the door after the 2012 season for no good reason.

Here we are in 2017, and the Bucs have faced a Conga line of immobile quarterbacks through four games. What do they have to show for it? Per ESPN and NFL Films guru Greg Cosell, the Bucs are dead last in the NFL at pressuring the passer.

Tampa Bay is only getting pressure on 16.8 percent of passing snaps. So five out of six times an opposing QB drops back to pass, he has time to order Hooters takeout or get a Journey RV Rental quote.

In total, the Bucs have four sacks this season, last in the NFL. Defensive ends have just one of those four, Noah Spence on opening day.

Something has to give and it needs to start today. The Cardinals has a very shake offensive line, and Carson Palmer is old and is in Mike Glennon territory when it comes to escapability.

Enough already.

At this rate, Jason Licht is going to be forced run out in April’s draft and grab the best two defensive linemen available.

The Bucs will remain big long shots to win the NFC South without finding a pass rush, unless they can figure out how to score three offensive touchdowns per game, which they have yet to do this season.

28 Responses to “No Pressure, Either”

  1. Roy T. Buford Says:

    “That’s why the Bucs ran out in 2011 and drafted Adrian Clayborn and Da’Quan Bowers.”

    I’ve never gotten chest pains BEFORE a game, but this memory alone can make this the day.

    Agreed…it has to start today…enough already.

  2. TheBucsAnthem Says:


    I’m so tired of fatty baker…..what a waste of a signing……..

  3. denjoe Says:

    They are gonna have to use these young linebackers to blitz more. I would use alot more 3-4 defense and mix up where the blitz is coming from.

  4. Issic Haggins Says:

    Boys allot of this lack of pressure is the d line is a train wreck as a unit , they are less coordinated as a unit than some high school teams . Really Really bad stuff , lining up wrong, gaps wrong, stunt routes that have no chance and are two steps to long !!! Some of the worst line play ever as a unit , individuals not really given a chance due to line up , scheme and coordination !!!

    Joe grab a Steve White or even Beckles and ask them to review tape , it is really really bad !!! Not individual, the unit !!!

  5. No_Bucs_Given Says:

    Anthem, Baker is far from the problem…

  6. TheBucsAnthem Says:

    “No_Bucs_Given Says:

    October 15th, 2017 at 11:20 am

    Anthem, Baker is far from the problem…”

    Well he sure as hell is not part of the solution either!!!!

    He was signed as a top off-season free-agent to make an impact on defense and so far his play is average. Clinton McDonald is outplaying fatty baker… fatty baker is being very over-paid per performance.

  7. denjoe Says:

    I’m more disappointed in the offense, It’s like they want to lead the league in fg attempts and least amount of running plays.

  8. Dewey Selmon Says:

    Maybe we need to get a lead, forcing teams into obvious passing downs. Then we can tee off. McCoy is clogging as much as he can while getting double teamed. I still would like Beckwith to play some DE when/if King Kwon comes back.

  9. BucEmUp Says:

    Jay Hayes is one of the best D-line coaches in the league. I would like to hear what his take is on the lack of pressure.

    Also, three offensive TD’s….or making the field goals

  10. LakeLand Says:

    In 2010 they also had a QB, who only threw 6 INTs. Their defense were 9th in PPG at 19.9.Their pass defense were tied for 6th, given up 201 YPG. They was 8th in rushing, 2001 yards. This team has more problem than a lack of pass rush.

  11. denjoe Says:

    I think the writings on the wall, Koetter knows they are one cb or De injury from not having a winning record. Jason neglected major needs on this defense IMO. Tha’ts why Koetter lost it with roy cummings asking about calais cambell. His offense better get it going!

  12. Mike Johnson Says:

    Defense has got to bring it against the cardinals or ole man Palmer is gonna pick us apart/ Its the biggest key to this game.

  13. Kalind Says:

    They may need a Dlineman. But good lord do they need a CB more. Hargreaves is nothing more than a nickel CB, he can’t play outside. It’s a Latin liability. Please draft Derwin James

  14. R.O. Says:

    If everyone thinks we are going to draft DEs in the next draft and they will give make us a great sack team need to understand history. Rookie DL struggle especially in the edge.

  15. Lamarcus Says:

    I thought gmc was going to have a big day? So why worry?

  16. Eric Says:

    Need a win in the worst way.

  17. Capt.Tim Says:

    Other than Gerald McCoy, who the hell do the Bucs think is gonna apply pressure??
    Noah Spence? Meybe, but not as a DE. Too small to battle OTs. Just gonna keep getting hurt trying.
    Robert Ayers? Does his best- but long in the tooth. His prime pass rush days are pretty far back in his rearview mirror.
    Will Gholsten. Run Stopper.
    Never has shown ANY ability to pass rush

    Then who??

    Its beyond stupidity that these team hasnt aquired a DE!
    Even if Roberto was gonna be a great kicker for 15 years-
    He still was the wrong pick. You can pick up kickers off the street( See Murray)
    Try finding a young DE with pass rushing skills.

    Lets see how we do today. The offense with the most passing yardage, against the 30th ranked defense, no pass rush, and Vernon Hargreaves.

    Hope Im wrong, but it sounds like a bad combination

  18. Pryda...sec 147 Says:

    WHat about how we played a game less than most the nfl teams…

  19. Blake_Bucsfan Says:

    I know one thing for a fact. I saw signs of life from our Front 4 last week against the Patriots O-line.

    If the Arizona Media is to be believed, AZ’s O-Line is in far worse condition.

    Don’t be shocked if our front 7 turns in another 3-4 sack performance.

    4 games is just much to small of a sample size to be fully gauge this squad. That’s why I find it so humorous that this negative “fans” are so quick to call proclaim this season as lost.

    Bucs win 37-17

  20. JameisDungy Says:

    Just sad that Dirk’s offense isn’t productive against the Patriots as Josh McCown’s Jets are.

    Unbelievable that we lost that game.

  21. Blake_Bucsfan Says:


    Can’t really blame Koetter for dropped first downs, dropped touchdowns, overthrows, and missed Kicks.

    Get real.

  22. JameisDungy Says:

    Some of Dirk’s play calling was awful.

  23. Blake_Bucsfan Says:


    Yes, there were a few questionable decisions without a doubt.

    But the vast majority of the offensive problems we had were not because the scheme wasn’t working, it just came down to poor execution.

  24. Mike Evans GOAT Says:

    Baker was not a “TOP” free agent signing. He was a 2nd tiger guy signed on a bargen deal. He’s not warren Sapp. He’s a run stuffer with pass rush upside. Blame the DEs if u want to blame someone.

  25. Mike Evans GOAT Says:

    Am I in auto moderation now?

  26. unbelievable Says:

    Definitely was a combo of poor playcalling and poor execution.

    As for the pass rush, we have linebackers who can blitz very well…

  27. Defense Rules Says:

    @Blake_Bucsfan … “Yes, there were a few questionable decisions without a doubt. But the vast majority of the offensive problems we had were not because the scheme wasn’t working, it just came down to poor execution.”

    Sorta kinda both Blake. The ‘scheme’ is game-planning and play-calling, and that clearly played to the Patriots strength (other teams ate them up using the run & short passes). Execution was certainly part of it though, from poor throws to dropped passes to marginal route-running. But again, that also comes back to coaching.

  28. Blake_Bucsfan Says:


    When I use the term scheme, I’m referring to the specific principles and concepts that serves as the foundation for the offense.

    And when I implied that the “scheme” was working fine, I mean that people were obviously getting open, opportunities to make plays were present, but were not capitalized upon.

    And that’s without even mentioning that Our Kicker had a mini-stroke.

    Sure you can say it all comes back to coaching, but I’m saying when it’s clear that you are putting guys in position to succeed, it’s on the players for not getting it done.

    Just my honest opinion though.