Bad Blitzing

November 18th, 2017

“Can’t we friggin’ find anyone in the secondary to blitz right?”

Hey, it is cool to blitz. And Lord knows Bucs defensive coordinator Mike Smith has tried.

But for whatever reason, blitzers could not get to quarterbacks in the first half of the season. Whether they get caught up in the scrum of line play or they are too slow on the edge, the Bucs just weren’t getting the job done with blitzing before the Jets game.

BSPN NFL Matchup numbercrunchers have the data and they show the Bucs don’t often get to the quarterback on blitzes. In fact, less than a third of Bucs blitzes result in a quarterback pressure. Yes, that’s bad. Not the worst in the NFL, but bad.

Figuring out a way to get more production from blitzes would sure help the toothless pass rush (what edge rush?).

If you missed it, Derrick Brooks addressed Bucs blitzing this week.

7 Responses to “Bad Blitzing”

  1. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    An actual football post!

    Bucs need help, no doubt.

  2. StPeteBucsFan Says:

    Blitzing is a gambling proposition. Sometimes though you’re stuck in a place where nothing ventured nothing earned.

    But if you send the blitz and don’t manage to at least move the QB off his spot and delay his delivery messing up timing with receivers it’s usually a big win for the QB and the offense.

    I think this is what has made Smitty conservative. Apparently his blitzes are not working well in practice. Derrick Brooks pointed out that Monte would try blitzes in practice and if they didn’t work in practice they never made it to the field.

  3. The Buc Realist Says:

    You mean to say that will all the rookies that played in the back 7 because of injuries, could not, disguise the blitzes called,,,,,,,,interesting!!

    Go Bucs!!!!!!!!!!!!

  4. Defense Rules Says:

    @Joe … ‘What pass rush?’ Nice touch Joe. Still groping for answers I see.

  5. Mike Johnson Says:

    I would rather have an average or slightly above average QB and a Great Defense over what we got anyday. Remember we passed on the beast..Aaron Donald. And look at him now. For the zillioneth time, You gotta stop offenses in this league. Brad Johnson was not great by any means. But that Defense he had sure was!

  6. g720 Says:

    What blitzing? This defensive coordinator Smith doesn’t know how to hide any blitzes nor how to properly blitz! How many times a game does he blitz, 3 or 4. Good teams blitz someone or 2 every other play. Smith is a piece of crap.

  7. BucEmUp Says:

    Thats all on coaching