The Swagger Of JPP

August 1st, 2018

Look out!

When looking back after this season at the moves pulled off by Bucs AC/DC-loving general manager Jason Licht, the acquisition of defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul may be viewed as one of the best deals in the NFL.

That’s the word from popular sports television and radio personality Adam Schein. Typing for, Schein admits he’s not a huge supporter of JPP but confesses he fits the Bucs like a glove. As a result, Schein believes obtaining JPP is the seventh-best move of the NFL offseason.

7) Jason Pierre-Paul, DE, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

I’m not a big JPP fan overall, but I can’t deny that he has a knack for getting to the quarterback. And that is something the Buccaneers sorely need, having finished dead last in 2017 with just 22 sacks.

While Pierre-Paul’s 16.5-sack days are long gone, I don’t think it’s a stretch to believe he can record 10 — especially with Tampa Bay’s extreme makeover on the defensive line. Not only is JPP joining Gerald McCoy, but Vinny Curry, Vita Vea, Mitch Unrein and Beau Allen have joined the party, as well. For the first time in a long time, the Bucs have a surplus of capable bodies on the defensive front.

Perhaps Joe has been played too often over the years when it comes to defensive linemen. Joe has seen too many enter One Buc Palace after Simeon Rice left, guys who played Operation Shutdown and were content with cashing Team Glazer checks.

Joe has also seen his share of draft picks on the defensive line float belly-up like dead fish.

So pardon Joe for being slightly cynical that all of these new additions to the defensive line will magically turn it into the second coming of the Steel Curtain.

Joe sure hopes that is the case, but being burned year after year after year by expectations and hope, maybe you can see why Joe is in a wait-and-see approach.

22 Responses to “The Swagger Of JPP”

  1. LUVMYBUCS Says:

    So pardon Joe for being slightly cynical that all of these new additions to the defensive line will magically turn it into the second coming of the Steel Curtain.

    Well, we all gotta start somewhere, right?

  2. Dooshlarue Says:

    Can’t blame you Joe, I feel the same way.
    Just glad we were able to sign a FA talent like JPP, especially after we missed out on Robert Quinn.
    It will be interesting to see which DE has a better season.

    Go Bucs!

  3. LUVMYBUCS Says:

    LDE Vinny Curry | Noah Spence
    RDT Beau Allen | Vita Vea
    LDT Gerald McCoy | Mitch Unrein |
    LDE Jason Pierre | William Gholston | Will Clarke

    Hopefully, Jason can acquire an additional edge rusher.
    Gholston’s more of an interior player at this point.

  4. WestminsterCoBucsFan Says:

    Looks like another jameis hater who doesn’t even follow the team. Jpp wasn’t a fa doosh

  5. Pryda... sec147 Says:

    Geez games can’t soon enough I think we will have a better defense top15

  6. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    And this article with no mention of Simeon Rice….or Mark Dominick getting rid of Michael Bennett for no good reason.

    Making improvements, Joe…..moving on and getting over the past.

  7. The Buc Realist Says:

    How many have walked in to One Buc????? Sure they have tried a bunch of other teams cast-offs, But how many premium draft picks have they actually tried???? The remaking of the D-line this past off season is a good start!!!!!! Next year’s draft is shaping up deep for pass rush!!!!! They better keep fixing the “real” problem!!!! The Roster!!!!!!!!!!

  8. budbuc Says:

    @ Realist…. Well said sir!!!

  9. Godeep66 Says:

    Let’s just hope he’s not here to pick up a check at the end of his career. We have one heck of a track record of being taken advantage of by veterans that are way past their prime

  10. Destinjohnny Says:

    When you can’t build a team/d line through the draft after 5 years
    You have to sign 3 free agents and trade for one more

  11. Bird Says:

    Sounds like he is unblockable so far in training camp And I know our oline is not elite.

    Plus oline get to go up against a guy that has down it all. It will only make offense better.

    Can’t double JPP and MCCoy.

    Curry and Noah Spence should be stoked cause they will see man on man all year.

  12. stpetebucsfan Says:

    I recall some DL who have come in and not performed adequately. But I’ve never seen the sheer numbers Licht has brought in this year.

    FIVE new players for our DL. If nothing else the odds are starting to tilt to our favor. And if Noah Spence stays healthy that will be like adding SIX new pieces to our DL and most importantly our pass rush.

    JPP may be the lynchpin of all these new additions but all of our eggs are not in his basket…there are five other guys to chip in. Surely out of six opportunities a couple will actually work out.

  13. Pickgrin Says:

    On paper the Bucs have one of the best DL rotations in the entire league. Top 5 for sure.

    Can Buckner get this talented group playing together at a high level with consistency?

    A legit top 5 DLine will turn this team’s fortunes around in a hurry.

    Hopefully Licht got it right with the DL players he signed, drafted and traded for this offseason. Early reports regarding the new position coach and new DL players are very encouraging. 🙂

  14. ndog Says:

    “So pardon Joe for being slightly cynical that all of these new additions to the defensive line will magically turn it into the second coming of the Steel Curtain.”

    Sorry but this is a loser mindset. If one thinks like this that is called giving up and I for one never give up.

  15. Buccfan37 Says:

    I just hope all of the JPP hype is not overblown. Seeing will be believing as with Spence’s shoulder holding together. I’ve read the opinions that the fix is permanent, show me.

  16. 813bucboi Says:


    I agree….

    im in, “wait and see mode”…..


  17. DB55 Says:

    While Pierre-Paul’s 16.5-sack days are long gone,
    Hard stop! The end! Now pay me my 17 million.

    PS. NYG fans say thank you and good night.

  18. m0j0 Says:

    The amazing thing about JPP is his ability to play all along the D-Line and his abililty to play most of the reps without taking plays off. He’s a true force, and coupled with McCoy is going to cause major fits for offenses facing the Bucs this season.

  19. Bucsfanman Says:

    DB55- Give us half of that 16.5 and it’s more than anyone else on this team last year. And, a VAST improvement over Ayers’ 2 sacks last year.
    We hope!

  20. BucEmUp Says:

    Spence looks like a different person. I’m surprised he wasn’t mentioned in this article although he is injury prone, maybe the full surgery will hold up this time.

    If it doesn’t I’m sure his days are numbered in the league

  21. Jjones Says:

    The majority of NYG fans are pissed JPP is gone DB55.

  22. SOEbuc Says:

    Love how these national analyst don’t even know Noah Spence is and what he may be capable of when healthy. He had 1/4 sacks with a very bad shoulder his rookie year compared to last year. Fine by me. They’ll know who he is when he comes out gettin’ double digits this year!!!!!