“Pressure Off The Defense”

July 11th, 2019

Interesting take this week by Cameron Brate as he chatted 1-on-1 this week with manbeast JoeBucsFan.com intern Zach Seifter.

Nursing his hip that is now healthy and ready for NFL football, Brate had plenty of time to study the revamped Bucs defense.

And his Harvard mind concluded that the diversity in Todd Bowles’ scheme and playcalling is soothing to the Bucs defense. Yes, a Bucs defense more familiar with a status-quo (woe?) approach the past couple of years.

“With Coach Bowles in there we’re going to be a really aggressive defense who’s going to make it hard for the offense,” Brate said. “The [Bucs] offense really got a glimpse of that in the spring. So many different looks in different situations that you don’t expect. And when you have a coach like that, it kind of takes the pressure off the guys on defense. So I think, you know, the combination of the new talent, you know, some of the rookies, Devin [White], Jamel [Dean], Sean [Murphy-Bunting], they showed a ton of promise during the spring.”

Very insightful by Brate. And Joe wonders whether Brate has heard from defensive players that they feel like they’re in much better hands with their new coaches. He’s sort of saying there will be more confidence in this year’s defensive staff.

Imagine that.

23 Responses to ““Pressure Off The Defense””

  1. Todd Says:

    “Imagine that.”

    I am!!! Glorious!

  2. Magadude Says:

    I get it…the Ds on the field for the past recent years were horrid. And Joe has said they could improve a lot and still be the worst D in the NFL. While it’s worth betting money (if you are so inclined) that they’ll be better under the new regime…don’t hold your breath just yet.

    All during his first offseason, we heard Lovie, the former Bucs coach on the D with a winning HC record including a trip to the SB…confidently remind “we are a 4-12 team” (lightly slapping Schiano) before Lovie himself turned in 2-14 that year. Then it was being “Tennessee ready” the next year in home blowout with this new alleged franchise QB and a year under Lovie’s belt. Monday morning, September 9th (day after 49er visit), will probably be a historical day for Bucs fans…to mull over all of this (again).

    Yeah, maybe they feel like they are in better hands…but so far the only material event for this group of “real coaches” in 2019 is a whole bunch of injury news, messages of hope, and a guy getting popped for PEDs.

  3. Loyaltotheend Section 312 Says:

    Last 4-5 years when the d is on the field it’s usually time to grab a beer, a quickie with the wife or some food, or all 3. This year the defense might warrant closer to watching…

  4. down in the dirt doug Says:

    We all know that our former head coach said that he really didn’t know much about the defense.JOKE -JOKE -JOKE–HA HA. WHAT A WEAK MINDED HEAD COACH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  5. Bird Says:

    Bucs have never really been a blitzing team.
    In the glory days they only needed their front four to get pressure.

    Should be fun to watch

  6. casual observer Says:

    “So many different looks in different situations that you don’t expect.” Exactly. This simple profound summary statement by this Harvard guy, is the key defensive strategy change this year. I think this “unexpectedness” (such a word?) is crucial.

  7. Destinjohnny Says:

    Memo to Jason: draft an outside pass rusher
    Keep drafting secondary players until u get it right I suppose.
    It takes 8 picks to get one starter

  8. Clw JB Says:

    Hope the D returns to mixing it up, being agresssive, and being more mindful
    Of the down and distance calls – something we haven’t seen in years and years

  9. Joe Says:

    Memo to Jason: draft an outside pass rusher

    Don’t waste your breath. This organization doesn’t like pass rushers.

    Starting to believe the only reason the Bucs traded for JPP was that Dirk Koetter was screaming for a pass rusher. Once Koetter was gone, eh, problem solved.

    It’s shameful actually.

  10. stpetebucsfan Says:

    I love all the pre season reviews before we even get to camp.

    We do NOT truly know yet how this roster is going to jell and perform and the TRUE talent level.

    We have a LOT of new players…a totally new coaching staff…

    How do we know that Licht has drafted 8 DB’S that all suck.
    All the reviews on this year’s draftee have been very positive.

    “you know, some of the rookies, Devin [White], Jamel [Dean], Sean [Murphy-Bunting], they showed a ton of promise during the spring.”

    VHG is not worth the 1st round pick but he can still play…not our star but a contributor.

    We really don’t know about some other players like Spence, will Vea play well or blow up, lot’s of questions for sure.

    However while there are questions some of the answers are unknown until we tee it up. Some of the answers may pleasantly surprise us!

    Now to save some time for our negative nellies I’ll post for you.

    The Bucs are the Bucs we always suck so we already KNOW the answers before they are even delivered…because why..well because we are the Bucs and optimism is frowned upon.

  11. Go Bucs 72 Says:

    I don’t profess to be an expert on Bowels defense but it can’t possibly be worse than last year….Then again we thought M Smith was going to be an improvement on the Lovie friends and family plan and that was not the case.

  12. ATLBucs Says:

    Don’t waste your breath. This organization doesn’t like pass rushers.

    Joe, don’t forget about Spence. I think he will thrive in this system now that he will be given the opportunity to use his speed and athleticism.

  13. Race to 10 Says:

    Outside of first round what drafted pass rusher was expected to make a big difference joe is a classic hater thinking he knows more than the guys paid by the organization. Forgot you run a website not an nfl franchise. There was no second round pick better than shaq barrett more than likely. Noah spence is also a second round pick and I doubt there is anyone better than him, maybe one guy breaks out of the pack but otherwise they are always average picks with the exception of a player two every couple years.

  14. Buc4evr Says:

    When the Bucs played the 3-4 exclusively they were a blitzing team. I expect to see a lot of 3-4 this year and a lot of blitzing coming from everywhere, not just the LB’s. Should be fun.

  15. Bobby M. Says:

    Couple things…

    1. A player under contract is never going to publicly say anything negative before the season. They are professionals trying to stay in the league not burn bridges or piss off teammates.

    2. Its a 3-4….of course it looks different.

    3. Saying young players have promise doesn’t equate to much this season…or the following. Jameis Winston still has promise….its year 5. Kind of looking for results this year…Brate is brilliantly wording his comments to feed enthusiasm to the fans.

    4. Licht thought Smith was worth an extension…you know the DC of the god awful defense that gets referenced repeatedly…he got an extension. Might want to dial down the enthusiasm. The only consistent success is had by washed up coaches cashing in on one last pay day at the Bucs expense.

  16. Jean Lafitte Says:

    God knows we could use a really strong defense when you have an offense that likes to turn the ball over like giving out candy.

  17. Lord Cornelius Says:

    I’m excited to see how we rank in pressures this year vs last year.

    We can say this organization doesn’t like pass rushers but

    Suh/Vea = investments in pass rushers (1st round pick / $10M investment).

    Shaq Barret was signed to be a pass rusher.
    Carl-on pace for 10+ sacks with JPP’s snap totals-Nassib is an adequate rusher

    They drafted NOah Spence high in R2 – might as well have been R1.
    They drafted Anthony 9.5 sacks senior year- Nelson early R4.

    I’m really interested to hear about Kahzin Daniels (blind in one eye guy) and the David Kenney guy they signed as UDFA once the pads come on.

    Praying to god there is a gem there, similar to finding a RG…

    And I agree with @Joe that we have not done nearly enough in drafting pass rushers early or lineman early. Too many drafts and not enough premium picks at premium positions.

  18. 813bucboi Says:


    im excited to see the same things….in addition to daniels, i want to see what beckner and bailey bring to the table as well….im an SEC guy and ive seen both play a ton and they both have potential….

    GO BUCS!!!!

  19. SOEbuc Says:

    Anthony Nelson gets two sacks game one. Sweet.

  20. Kobe Faker Says:

    “Theres LC again

    With his continued bromance of Nowhere Spence

    Is LC sickness from genetics or environment (constant losing)?”

    Kobe Faker

  21. Mike Johnson Says:

    I would say the no 1 pressure is finding a replacement for DE Paul. We’d better somehow find a surprise like Nassir. Because if you guys think Pierre-Paul is comin back from the neck injury full force you are smokin some heavy Sh**!

  22. diggler Says:

    Noah Spence is going to have a great year, mark it down right now I’m calling 8 sacks. Mark it!

  23. donuts Says:

    LOL Noah Spence may not make this team. It would not surprise me if BA picks up a DE from another team after cuts and drops Spence. I have seen enough non production at the NFL level on this Buc team. This may be Lichts second worst move behind Aguayo draft pick.