Rotation Shift/Elimination On Bucs’ D-Line

November 4th, 2019

The snap counts from yesterday’s game revealed an intriguing trend along the defensive line.

First, Shaq Barrett played 99 percent of the snaps (74 total) in an overtime game. That would stand out as a total madman effort, but Jason Pierre-Paul bounced back from his season debut last week following a broken neck to play 96 percent of the snaps (72 total) yesterday. Jiminy Christmas! JPP is one special athletic freak.

Most interesting to Joe was Vita Vea getting bumped up to 80 percent of the snaps, his high for the season. And it’s about freakin’ time. In five of the seven previous Bucs games, Vea played two-thirds or less of the snaps. Ndamukong Suh was at 81 percent yesterday, right about his average.

So the Bucs rode their top horses hard on the D-line, and the guys played rather well and the Bucs still lost. Ugh.

Yes, Joe realizes Carl Nassib left the game early with a groin injury.

Back to Vita, he was not on the field when Cris Carson busted a 59-yard run up the gut, one the featured Beau Allen and Ndamukong Suh missing tackles, followed by Jordan Whitehead and Mike Edwards.

23 Responses to “Rotation Shift/Elimination On Bucs’ D-Line”

  1. Fartman Says:

    if the choice next year is JPP or Nassib… JPP please

  2. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Cris Carson’s 4.58 40 time no match for Devin White 4.42……what a play….to appreciate it you have to look at the entire play and see where White was coming from….Carson had a significant head start.
    The punch out of the ball was so violent it went quickly out of bounds…..

    And, Nassib’s injury affected all the snap counts on the Dline….

  3. MadMax Says:

    @TBBF, yeah that was a beauty to see from White.

    We better have JPP and Barret back next year!!!


    Tampabaybucfan I agree that was a great hustle by white and love how he tries to punch the ball out when he tackles

  5. Justafan Says:

    Nassib, Barrett, and JPP will all be Free Agents

  6. tmaxcon Says:


    jpp has proven you can not count on him not making bad choices and missing games. he let the team down this year period. you don’t build you defense around a washed up dude that only has a year or two left that could make a bad choice at any moment and let your team down.

  7. Pewter power Says:

    Tmaxcon not sure if your joking or high right now, no one chooses to have a car accident days after the nfl draft. Considering how soon he got back on the field I would say hes committed to his craft and the bucs.

  8. tmaxcon Says:

    i am noticing a trend most of bucfans favorite plays yesterday revolved around defenders chasing players from behind…. you do understand stopping them before the chase is ideal not rewarding bad plays in the name of hustle… that is reaching and accepting bad player with an excuse….

  9. tmaxcon Says:

    how about a poll on if BA will tie the other washed up never was BS artist Lovie for worst coach in buccaneer history????

  10. geno711 Says:


    Disagree. JPP not washed up. Is a superior athlete who in my opinion has shown no signs of slowing down. Maybe he does in two years but I want him for those two years if we can get him.

    Not sure that he has missed as many games in his career as Gerald McCoy but that is just a guess – did not look it up.

  11. Fartman Says:

    uh… I guess… but the guy wasn’t drunk, he just hydroplaned on the interstate. That strikes me as an unfortunate event, not a bad choice.

  12. down in the dirt doug Says:

    tmaxcon–like your spirit,but you must be looking at another JPP.I think he is great and I thank him for his effort in the last two games.

  13. R.O. Says:

    Nassib and Edwards were both out. We only had JPP and Barrett as Rush LBs… that’s why the played those %’s had no one else..

  14. Lamarcus Says:

    They could rotate Reggie white, Bruce Smith, Jared Allen, and Simeon rice. It doesn’t matter with that secondary. It is trash.

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  16. SteveK Says:

    Go Bucs!

  17. stpetebucsfan Says:

    What Steve K said!!!!

    And what TBBF said!!! Yeah it was not a good sight watching Carson break off that run but it was awesome watching an LB not only hustle his butt off but show the elite speed as TBBF pointed out to actually catch him after a head start…sweet!

  18. BiggestBUCSfaninNC Says:

    Hey tmaxcon, I have an idea, why don’t you go to the nearest train track and stand there, so this site can be rid of your stupid, ignorant posts

  19. BigHog Says:

    “T….man go to sleep, you got me yarning!!😮😝😬👌🏾

  20. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    Vita Via was on my wishlist when he was drafted. So glad I got my wish, even though the majority of people here wrote him off before he even played a game.

  21. ElioT Says:

    So does JBF have a stance here or this an article meant to simply bait clicks/comments?
    The Tampa Bay media is just as pathetic as the franchise. Who’s asking though questions? #crickets… Why the attitude? A stance on the rotation? Joe wrote twice last week about Vea needing to play more and finally he did. JPP has proven over many years he can be a freak and play every snap, and he’ll bitch if he’s not allowed to. We’ll see what happens in the next two games there. Barrett isn’t going to be effective playing every snap. Nobody would be, except perhaps freakish JPP. …Joe has explained this many times. Joe knows what questions prompt a pile of coachspeak BS. Joe asks these questions when Joe is confident he can trust the answers, and that’s not always in front of the cameras. Joe covers the Bucs in the way that suits Joe. If you don’t like it, that’s fine. And Joe doesn’t give a hoot about how anyone else covers the team. Is the Tampa media soft overall in news conferences? Absolutely. It’s like that in many cities. That doesn’t mean answers aren’t found elsewhere. Keep in mind this team also has owners that like to hide and a general manager with the similar mindset, in that he’s not out front as a face of the franchise. That’s part of the bigger picture in the market.

  22. stpetebucsfan Says:


    I liked VV as well but I recall you really trying to sell him. Got that one right.

  23. lambchop Says:

    JPP is a throw back type of player. The guy is an unbelievable freak of nature. Kudos to him and I actually was hoping we drafted him after watching him at USF. At least we got him when he still had something left in the tank.

    If the Gods don’t spite this team any more than they do, some how we gotta get Shaq and JPP back for next year. At least one phase of this team has to be locked up. But, I’m guessing it partly depends on how we address the rest of the team in JPP’s case as he probably knows he only has a number of years left and it will come down to money for Shaq as this is probably the biggest springboard for him to finally be the man after coming out of a crowded DL in Denver and get his pay day.