“Probably Blitzing A Little More Than We Expected”

October 15th, 2019

So what went wrong for the Buccaneers against the Panthers?

Yeah, yeah, seven turnovers is too easy an answer.

Tight end Cameron Brate talked to Buccaneers.com after the game and shared that the Panthers defense looked different than usual. “They were probably blitzing a little more than we expected because they were having success with it and kept doing it,” Brate said.

As a follow up to that, Bucco Bruce Arians had very harsh words for his pass blocking running backs during his Monday news conference.

“Running back – protection-wise – might have been the worst it’s been,” Arians said. “We’ll do a better job of finding our guys and blocking them next time, but it’s not all on the quarterback. A lot of it is – I’m not going to shy away from that either.

Brate noted the Panthers’ blitz success was disappointing because the Bucs had prepared for it during the week.

So many issues on this Bucs team. It’s got Joe’s head spinning.

27 Responses to ““Probably Blitzing A Little More Than We Expected””

  1. DooshLaRue Says:

    Putting pressure on Jameis, the guy that sees ghosts and can’t make quick reads?

    What a concept.


  2. Morgus the Magnificent Says:

    “America’s Sad Sack”

  3. Defense Rules Says:

    Panthers kept blitzing more because we didn’t adjust to take advantage. THAT’S on our OC & BA (he NEEDS to step in when crappola like that keeps happening), as well as on Jameis (he’s in his FIFTH year now & should know how to adjust to things like, such as play adjustments at the line?).

    You’re exactly right Joe that there are ‘so many issues on this Bucs’ team’ right now. Worst of all, it’s REGRESSING … especially certain players … and THAT’S the worst thing of all. And especially our offense. BA needs to get a grip on that, like NOW. This team has too much talent to be playing like they are. THAT’S on COACHING IMO.

  4. Bruce Blahak Says:

    One issue > the QB position must change!

  5. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Yeah, yeah, seven turnovers is too easy an answer.


    As far as the blitzes….I thought Jameis was the best in the league against blitzes……the highest QBR…..(not anymore)

    I knew when his first pass was intercepted that Jameis would have a terrible day…..anyone else feel that way?

  6. NPRSageBoy Says:

    To many excuses, not enough production

  7. zzbuc Says:

    I agree with you defensde rules in some of your views, but I would defenately add that is not just coaching, we do not have the great roster talent wise we think we have…..If wee need our TE to block more as well as our RB , well its obvious that our OL is bad…….Thats why we hace WR having tons of yards on their stat sheets, no much activity on TE tgargets, and not much of a running game…..Well that´s something you can say thay also happened on the Koetter´s era…..I start to see some similarities., and mi opinion is that everything starts with the GM, he just doesnt get the best players available neither in FA nor in the draft…..We have holes everywhere and we dont have money available to get nothing because of cap hell……

  8. 813bucboi Says:



    7 turnovers is the only answer…..

    if your not a fsu/winston homer…..lol….

    GO BUCS!!!!!

  9. Barack's Crack Pipe Says:

    Being smart on the chalkboard does not guarantee smart decisions under pressure.

    Blitzes do not automatically translate to pressure (like if the RB is picking them up proficiently).

    Maybe Koetter had a good reason to demand this skill in running backs. Not endorsing Dirk; just sayin’.

  10. 941bucsfan Says:

    People can say whatever about Jameis. And I deff aint making an excuse for him. But I can promise you this, if jameis played against our defense he will have a career high qb rating and touchdowns… One thing about jameis is that you never know what jameis you are gonna get, and is sure to have a bounce back game, hell at times he can rip off 3-4 good games in a row. But one thing is for certain, our defense doesn’t have bounce back games. They suck all 16 games, amd its been like that the last 12 years. And dont tell me our defense played great against kyle allen. The kid had a bunch of drops otherwise the score wouldve been worse. Meanwhile the backup QB torch tour continues in 2 weeks when we head to play against Ryan Tannehill and the Titans. Sorry Mariota fans, he sucks too. He doesn’t throw alot of picks, but he also doesn’t throw touchdowns

  11. Isaac haggins Says:

    STOP the Bullsht. , the Job that Licht has done preparing a top 10 o line for his Qb is sht and it has been Sht every year he has been here !!! You want turnovers to stop , get a lead, run the football and protect the qb !!! This is what people fail to realize 5 of the 7 turnovers are because you down a score , the qb knows the protection is horrible and the qb also knows on this day there is know running game . ……… Guess What if the QB wants to win vs stats ,,,, well you going to hold the ball and make throws and hope your guy makes the catch !!!

    How many times did I see the route tree with no one open , well the choice is give it back to the teAm that marched 99 yards for a td and LOSE or hope for your guy to win and have a small chance !!! Arians Shut you m fing pie hole , YOU promised your QB would have a running game and a defense that he could trust to get off the field !!! Well this is what you have given your qb ……. top 3 most hits in the nfl, worst pAss D in the nfl, no 100 yard rusher , terrible TE utilization and the top 5 worst pass protection in the nfl !!! That’s why you have 7 turnovers, YOU !!! AND only YOU !!! Winston is streaky and is going to try and Win no matter what so you had better do your part and you are like 1 for six !!! YES ARIANS you are a fool , get your act together YOU have been way worse than Winston !!!! Again , near the worst pass protection in the NFL, No 100 yard rusher, terrible TE utilization, worst pass def in the nfl, top 3 most qb hits in the nfl and Horrible overall Defense and blitz packages !!!

  12. Bird Says:

    What happened when our own defensive coordinator Todd bowels thru the “kitchen sink” at him in offseason

    Multiple picks at multiple practices and Arians had to come out to defend #3 and say that was the plan
    Well that is the plan of 31 other teams in the nfl

    Stack the box (which helps stop the run ) and put pressure on Jameis
    Make him beat you.

    It didn’t work in Rams game but they mainly rushed 4 thinking Aaron Donald would dominate any player Bucs have. Jameis had one of best games as a buc.

    But I think the receipe is out there. They know he wants to be Superman so bring pressure /blitz/ throw kitchen sink /and there will be plays out there for the defense to make.
    Pretty obvious

  13. Bird Says:

    And to be clear the main problem with the Bucs has been Licht
    Unacceptable talent brought here and zero team chemistry

  14. stpetebucsfan Says:

    Well the “paper” guys are off the JW bandwagon. They’re all ready to move on.

    Thomas Bassenger has become one of my favorite writers or pundits anywhere. His take seems to make the most sense.

    Bassenger goes out of his way to state he is not calling JW a failure…he’s simply not the right QB for this team right now.

    Money ultimately is Bassenger’s reason and I agree. He goes from 20 to 27 million on the cap hit. That’s just too much for this team. How would we improve the team around JW? We haven’t done that well when we had money what’s going to change.

    It’s not about JW as much as the money paid to that position. What if we built a great team that a talented “manager” could lead. Was Brad Johnson (I love him btw a favorite player) the only QB who could have led the Bucs to the SB…Dilfer for the Ravens…there are QB’s besides the obvious stars who succeed in this league.

    Get what we can for JW at minimum out from under his salary.
    Not saying JW is awful…saying we can’t afford him at this point in time. There are teams better positioned than us for him to lead.

  15. jjbucfan Says:

    Bird- he doesn’t want to be Superman- he HAS to be Superman if we are going to win. Our defense cannot get off the field- see the 99 yard drive!!!

  16. 813bucboi Says:


    idk about that….LOL…

    imo, if JW played against our defense, he’ll still throw a couple picks….lol…

    GO BUCS!!!!!

  17. jerseybuc Says:

    Starting RT and starting RG out. You are surprised they blitzed more than you expected?

    I coached flag football and knew it was coming.

  18. unbelievable Says:

    I’m sorry but Dare is a bigger liability then our backup o-lineman.

    Why do they keep putting him out there? He sucks!

  19. Isaac haggins Says:

    @ JJ buc ……….. Exactly

  20. Bird Says:

    JJ buc

    What’s wrong with throwing the ball away instead of the other team
    That is the point of Arians comments and where we are today

    If Jameis has 1, 2 or 3 turnovers instead of 6 , do the Bucs win the carolina game. Especially when the first pass of the game set the tone.

    How do players on defense and offense respond to that
    Trickle down effect
    “Here we go again “

    100 tds and 88 turnovers. Say what you want
    Slow starts and turnovers arent doing any favors for a defense …

    And new poster name ?hhhmmmmhhhh

  21. Bird Says:

    Against 49ers. Without 2 pick sixes – 14 points

    Do Bucs lose that game ?

    Again players on both sides see that and go …here we go again. We know which Jameis showed up today so again trickle down effect on everyone else.

    McCoy got blamed for a losing culture
    You don’t think that has an effect on players on both sides of the ball when the most important player on the field who touches the ball every offensive snap is playing turnover footBall

    Again 88 turnovers since 2015

  22. 813bucboi Says:



    88 TURNOVERS SINCE 2015 but the secondary is the issue….lol…

    GO BUCS!!!!!

  23. Etzel Says:

    Rojo’s pass blocking must be god-awful for Dare to be out there EVERY 3rd down

  24. “That guy” Says:

    Tampabaybucfan, I didn’t think the game was over when he threw that, I KNEW the game was over. ON THE FIRST F&$@?&G PLAY!?!?! I was praying the team would prove me wrong, and I’m not religious.

  25. Wideleftandright Says:

    @jersey buc :
    Sorry to say you’re wrong about JW throwing picks against our defense ,because your cornerbacks have to be in the same zip code to intercept passes!

  26. fernando diaz Says:


  27. Mike Johnson Says:

    Laughing my GD A** off here guys. Blitzing a little more than expected? Please..stop bustin my knees! I told you all at the bginning of the season our Fefensive 4 was one of the weakest around. We gotta blitz or there will be no rush at all. And good teams? They make you pay dearly..as we have. I cannot stop laughing.