The 200 Pressures Mark

May 30th, 2019

High-tech data tells a story

The Bucs moved the ball up and down the field last season, racking up loads of yards but failing miserably in the red zone — and at field goals.

Despite that reality, legions of fans think the Buccaneers’ offensive line was a horrid bunch.

Ironically, most of those same fans think head coach Bucco Bruce Arians is a brilliant offensive mind and was a heck of a head-coaching hire, one who wields a ton of power at One Buc Palace. Why is it ironic? Because Arians didn’t add any significant offensive line talent through the draft or free agency.

Yeah, it’s early. Average offensive linemen can be had after late-August, early-September cuts. It happens every year.

Still, Arians assessed the talent and felt the status quo would be fine.

Joe brings this up after reading “NextGen” high-tech tracking data at The satellite technology that tracks footballs and players’ uniforms reveals Bucs quarterbacks were pressured 200 times last year. That was tied for third-worst in the NFL with Jacksonville. Worst and second-worst were Minnesota (217) and Atlanta (204), respectively.

Perhaps moved by that data, the Vikings drafted a center at No. 18 overall. Atlanta snatched two O-linemen in Round 1. And the Jaguars appear to have landed great value with the No. 35 overall pick, tackle Jawaan Taylor out of the University of Florida. Jacksonville and Atlanta also were active in free agency along their O-line.

The Bucs? Crickets.

Joe is ok with it. Seriously.

Joe is not ok, however, with how the Bucs neglected the running back position. It’s downright depressing. But the O-line just wasn’t that bad overall and there’s still time to find capable depth.

36 Responses to “The 200 Pressures Mark”

  1. Kobe Faker Says:

    “Kobe is interested in BAs runningback screen design

    Andy Ried screen design with the Oline blocking and runningbacks is the best

    Klueless screen oline blocking was pathetic. oline had no idea what to do

    the defense is going to come after JW3 all game. They will not give him time to throw deep. BA can trap the blitz and throw the screen behind them for tds.”

    Kobe Faker

  2. Jolly Bucs Fan Says:

    The RB issue is an OL issue, and those pressures given up drive the point home.

    The downfall of the 2019 Bucs will be the Oline. Everyone will blame Jameis or the running game, and the Bucs may draft help at those positions, yet they will suck year after year until some goddamn coach/gm finally has the brains to do something about the trenches.

  3. Clean House Says:

    Doesn’t make sense that Joe is ok with it….
    Benenoch was Terrible

  4. RawDog Says:

    We can argue all day about whether it was the O-line or the RBs that were the problem, but the big issue now is that the GM/coach failing to address either position in the draft or FA so far.

  5. #1bucsfan Says:

    Gotta Build the trenches. Hopefully we have drafted enough skill positions that we can start to draft an beef up the trenches now

  6. TexBuc Says:

    In Bruce I trust.

  7. BucDan Says:

    Holy smoke!

    I agree with a Kobe Faker post!

  8. GhostofSchiano Says:

    Fix the trenches……….maybe someday

  9. Bucsdelight Says:

    If we would have drafted Russel Wilson in 2012, we wouldn’t be in this position.

  10. Bucsdelight Says:

    ya ya, we had Josh Freeman, but they already knew he had issues at that point.

  11. Duthsty Rhothdes Says:

    Should of drafted lael collins & laremy tunsil, but licht grabs hargreaves who will be cut

  12. tnew Says:

    One could make an argument the Bucs had a stronger unit a year ago than today. At this point they still had Pro Bowl alternate to be Guard J.R. Sweezy on the roster. Whoever saw film on Benenoch and decided he should be the starter and J.R. Sweezy should be kicked to the curb should be fired if they haven’t been already. This was a really curious move, especially given his salary, the Bucs cap space at the time and the timing of the cut.

  13. D-Rome Says:

    Worst RB group in the division and there is no debate about it.

  14. Allbuccedup Says:

    Hopefully next year we will be looking at a picture of Justin Herbert or K J Costello.

  15. DooshLaRue Says:


    Yeah…. NextGen stats prove that 1 out of 297 Kobe Faker stats to be legit.

    I agree this time as well Brother Kobe.

  16. AwShbucs Says:

    Wait so the next gen stars show that they were the 3rd worst unit in the league at allowing pressure on the QB and your response is “see I told ya they weren’t that bad they didn’t even need an upgrade.”


  17. DooshLaRue Says:


  18. unbelievable Says:

    So no matter how many different groups of analysts/experts demonstrate that our o-line is garbage, you’re still cool with not improving it?

    Strange… but hey wtfdik?

    GhostofSchiano Says:
    May 30th, 2019 at 1:52 pm
    Fix the trenches……….maybe someday

    We can all keep hoping… maybe.

  19. GetOverIt Says:

    A drop-back deep ball offense is going to have a higher number of pressures. Quicker you get the ball out, the fewer pressures.

  20. DooshLaRue Says:


    Please note that by Joe’s line of thinking, a Pro-Bowl alternate IS a Pro-Bowler.

    “America’s Gusher, Pro-Bowl ALTERNATE …… JW!”

  21. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    I also agree with Kobe’s post…..more screen passes…

    Another play that should work is a play action to Rojo…..he will have 3 or 4 defenders on him….then dump a pass off to Howard.

    Also…the last time I checked it’s still May….isn’t our first game in September….I am quite certain our roster isn’t set.

  22. westernbuc Says:

    You can’t run the ball when the entire right side of the offensive line is mediocre to terrible. Barring Cappa develops, I don’t see how that changes, regardless of running back or coach

  23. Alanbucsfan Says:

    The Bucs have added as much personnel to RB position as OLine position- which means Arians and staff probably think that positioning, scheme, play calling and coaching were the issues.

    Bucs may make more additions/ subtractions before season starts.

    I trust Arians because of his past results.
    Bucs have a good chance to start the season strong, depends on how young players respond to Thursday night short turnaround vs Panthers.

    Win 2 of the 5 straight on the road and they’ll finish with 5 of last 8 at home.

    Off season speculation, yeah, … the Main Man to make it work is Jameis.

  24. 813bucboi Says:

    Alanbucsfan Says:
    May 30th, 2019 at 3:07 pm
    The Bucs have added as much personnel to RB position as OLine position- which means Arians and staff probably think that positioning, scheme, play calling and coaching were the issues.


    GO BUCS!!!!!

  25. Lord Cornelius Says:

    So bottom 3 in pressures and bottom 3 in runs hit behind the LOS… no one should be OK with that lol. That sucks.

    That said I am hopeful for reasons others have mentioned – primarily with the coaching staff and scheme. Smith is an above average OT IMO, Marpet = pro bowl capable or better, and Jensen = pro bowl capable per his work with the Ravens before coming here. Dotson = serviceable. RG = should have been drafted IMO. More so than RB. Although I loved Henderson too. I have no faith iin Cappa or Warford till proved otherwise when the pads come on.

    GO BUCS!

  26. DB55 Says:

    Should have signed Richie when you had the chance. Now you need a RT and a RG. No worries though once the pads come on you’ll see many changes to the roster. I’m not worried.

  27. Posey99 Says:

    Pretty simple. We threw the ball a TON and that translates into more pressures with no balance of the run game.

  28. SOEbuc Says:

    Red Zone:

    #1-Mike Evans, #2-Chris Godwin, Slot- OJ Howard/Justin Watson= TD

    Especially if JW continues to use his scrambling abilities like the end of last year.

  29. cgmaster Says:

    @allbuccedup, Yeah it would be great to see Herbert play three games before injury, because you know, the guy hasn’t even made it through a college season without missing at least 2 games. Not to mention his accuracy isn’t very good, and that’s in a spread offense. But hey, let’s go with the names we know right?

  30. Jean Lafitte Says:

    Still again Joe, you only relied on offensive pass protection stats. Nothing on run blocking. The offensive line sucked horribly at run blocking. You hardly seen guards pull and engage. Even with knowledge of the snap count they had no line surge. Pad levels too high. The right side especially lacked in lateral footwork. Way to many missed blocking assignments. Never could produce clean run lanes. The offensive line hardly ever got to the second level of the defense on run plays. Why don’t you consider that aspect in your analysis Joe?

  31. BucEmUp Says:

    This will be a good football team this season.

  32. Gerald McBatman Says:

    O-Line is the reason for no running game. Give R.J. some space

  33. adam from ny Says:

    did someone insert a rod in jameis’ forehead?…he looks different…did they lobotomize him to be great now?


  34. Gettinthebucs Says:

    They need to give karlos Williams a shot. One year min salary deal with some incentives. The NFL is probably going to announce new Mary Jane rules soon. Wouldn’t hurt giving a guy like this a chance.

  35. BA FAN Says:

    The third worst in pressures validates everything I said about the OL last year. D. Smith and Benenoch were the culprits along with Warhop who knew Liedtke had proved to be superior to D. Smith but would never start him anywhere. However, BA is smart enough to improve D. Smith by using a TE to chip block all speed rushers from the left side of the Offense or just bench D. Smith or retrain him to start at RT and start Liedtke at LT.

  36. BA FAN Says:

    Correction: or retrain D. Smith to play RG.