Soft, Broken Blitzing

November 7th, 2019

You just can’t make this stuff up.

The Bucs play for a defensive coordinator renowned for blitzing repeatedly, except it seems like Todd Bowles doesn’t know how to teach it.

What else can Joe conclude after Bucco Bruce Arians said yesterday that the Bucs didn’t blitz with the right mindset because blitzers were overly concerned with containing Russell Wilson instead of drilling him or disrupting him?

How do Bucs players not understand the blitz concept? Get in your darn blitz lane and get after it with your freakin’ hair on fire.

The game plan was to blitz Sunday. The Bucs blitzed on 76 percent of Wilson’s dropbacks, the highest rate by any NFL team anywhere over the past 3 1/2 seasons. But the players didn’t seem to understand the concept completely.

Joe is speechless.

Things are happening that simply shouldn’t be. Perhaps someone will blame it on travel-related brain fog?

31 Responses to “Soft, Broken Blitzing”

  1. jmarkbuc Says:

    What is becoming evident, is that this staff, the largest in the NFL isn’t any where close to what was promised.

    A consultant HC, an OC who is waaayy under qualified and a DC who had a few good years in AZ and not so good ones in NY.

  2. Pewter power Says:

    We have the weirdest fans in the world. Is it true most Floridians would blame the teacher for their child being the dumbest one on the class? People are actually blaming one of the winningest coaches we ever had here for not guys who’ve sucked under every coach that’s been here for not finally understanding what they need to do. Why dont we put Todd bowles at corner because apparently we should expect players to take what they learned in the classroom and apply it on the field

  3. jmarkbuc Says:


    If nobody is getting it, maybe it’s the teaching, or lack there of


  4. tmaxcon Says:

    Pewter power

    Every player, coach, front office staff and support staff regresses when working for NFL’S black hole Tampa bay Buccaneers….. everything from owners to janitors in Tampa is sub par…. classless organization ran by idiots who are lucky it’s a small market with no expectations or standards

  5. pelbuc Says:

    Stupid players and past their prime coaches does not make for a good record. Bucs hired Lovie because he was a familiar name with a super bowl appearance and did the same with BA. So far its turning out with the same results. If the Glazers were truly concerned about the fans, Licht would have been fired instead of getting an extension.

  6. BeeBucs Says:


  7. DB55 Says:

    If JayMiss ATM WinsNot hadn’t fumbled they would have gotten to the qb more often.

  8. DB55 Says:

    Fwiw Kevin Minter seemed to have no problems blitzing. Hmmmm

  9. DB55 Says:

    Off subject.

    What do you guys think about signing Dez Bryant as a #3?

  10. 813bucboi Says:

    sounds like an indictment on DW….

    he was suppose to be our blitzing LB with speed to shot thru the A gaps…..

    what happened?….

    GO BUCS!!!!!

  11. Lamarcus Says:

    ” Tampa Bay Bucs…. It’s where careers die”

  12. 813bucboi Says:


    signing dez would be a bad idea…..

    dez cant get separation from CBs….every pass thrown his way a CB would be draped all over him which would lead to tip passes that result in INTs….

    even a LB can cover dez….he’s washed up….

    if we need a WR, swing big and go get AB….

    GO BUCS!!!!!

  13. Marlow1976 Says:

    Poor players = poor results… the amount of coaches we have had over the past few years can’t all suck. The common denominator is the players, not coaches.

  14. Jason Says:

    The more i hear, the more I become convinced that quite a few of our players are total idiots and aren’t capable of learning what they need to learn. I would be vert curious to see the Wunderlic scores for some of our more recent draft pics. Just sayin’

  15. Joe Says:

    signing dez would be a bad idea…..

    They don’t need an old horse.

  16. JimmyJack Says:

    The standard has been set by many of the fans that this is a instant fix or bust situation. Too bad for y’all you have no control over the situation…….Those who do are likely committed to this coaching staff. The Bucs probably also understand that transforming a team into a contender can happen instantly…….but also can be a process.

    Many of y’all don’t seem like you can handle that process very well. Which is likely what it’s going to take to fix our mess of a team……The same way it did for Dungy.

    So will Bruce and staff fix Our team? Your guess is as goo as mine. But I say let’s try to enjoy the ride the best we can……Maybe y’all are different then me and enjoy seeing another loss hoping it moves us up a extra draft slot. Just aren’t my style. I enjoy seeing a good football play hoping it leads to a win…..and that win lead to another……then another & so on until greatness is achieved. Instant gratification is nice but permanent gratification is so much better……At least that’s what she told me.

  17. DB55 Says:

    We’ll probably see them both on the vipers. 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣

  18. JimmyJack Says:

    I perdicted 11-5 this season. That hope is gone and so is any playoff hope(for the time being).

    It sucks and it hurts to see the team give us no wins to proove their worth.

    But I think many fans are falling victim to the kneejerk reaction of saying it means that the coaching staff is no good. 8 games in and fans are calling for heads and wanting complete teardowns and total rebuilds.

    This is impatient thinking. A deeper study of who this team is and where we are headed is in order……….

    Are their any signs of improvement on this team? That should be a key question we are asking ourselfs before dismissing the entire orginazation and wanting rebuilds or overhauls.

    Personally I see quite a few signs of improvement. Improvement in areas I was looking for when Dirk was the HC but never happened.

    Defense is a big one…..Both pass rush and Run stop have made noticable stides. We simply are much improved in both areas.

    Offensively is tough cause we were pretty good already. Rushing attack was defiently something that had to improve. It has improved but is still below average. All in all we ate much improved from a really bad unit last year with a lotta work still to be done.

    Another big factor on offense is OL……Our prior coaching developed no lineman in three full years. Zero. This had to improve and already has. Cappa…. Enough said.

    ST is so much better this year it aren’t funny. We have been a disgrace in prior years. If you don’t see improvement then I suggest you rewatch.

    ………….That leaves us with areas we have seen little to no improvment. Or regression. I would put Secondary and QB play into that group. You could argue TE play but if the Offense continues keep scoring points like they do I’ll consider that nitpicking.

    All in all I see progress on the team. With plenty of work still to be done. The last two games were very entertaining the whole way through(til we lost) as a result……a far cry from the blowout Era.

    If they keep improving we will reep the joy that comes with it. Ashame it’s not instant but aren’t mean it aren’t possible. Far from it.

    GO BUCD!

  19. Defense Rules Says:

    This just gets funnier by the day. Joe glombs onto something that BA says because it fits his agenda (the Bucs’ defense sucks) and there’s always a handful who buy into the dribble that results. BA was spouting more nonsense (not the first time to be sure) when he said that blitzers were too worried about containing Russell Wilson.

    Say what? Wilson’s the Pro’s Pro when it comes to breaking containment so I’d be concerned too. And as I watched that game, it appeared that Wilson took virtually every snap from the shotgun. So here our defense is facing an elite QB who’s operating from the shotgun, who’s got a quick release, is a master at evading the pass rush, who’s thrown 22 TDs in 9 games against only 1 INT and is completing over 68% of his passes. And yes, he’s throwing mostly short passes. Oh and forgot to add that he’s doing all that behind a very good OLine, and has a #8 ranked running game that’s kicking in over 130 YPG & does a pretty good job blocking for him.

    And BA’s peeing & moaning that our defense was too worried about containing Wilson instead of drilling him or disrupting him? Hogwash. The thing I do have a problem with is us blitzing so much. 76% is a ridiculous amount, especially against an elite QB like Russell Wilson operating out of the shotgun. And I still haven’t heard the reason why the Bucs chose to play rookie Jamel Dean versus Ryan Smith. Dean had THREE defensive snaps prior to that game, and was playing opposite another rookie (SMB) who didn’t have that many more. Plus Dean’s just now coming off a knee injury. THAT’S what doesn’t make a lick of sense to me right now.

  20. stpetebucsfan Says:

    @Pewter Power and J.J.

    Agree with you two. Like you J.J. as an optimist I too thought we would fare better. We coulda..shoulda been 4-4 at this point.
    Plenty of blame to go around and we’ve certainly done that.

    We’ve had some bad breaks…Devin White injured did not help…plus it unleashed Minter fanboy DB55 on us. White has not only flashed he’s had THREE game changing plays if we had taken advantage in just the past two games. .DB55 I too like Minter but he can’t carry White’s jock!!! As you say wtfdik

    Our young DB’s have suffered through injuries…JPP obviously was a large hole…our rookie kicker perhaps choked a game away before settling down and kicking well now.

    We’re starting to sound like a bunch of wussies. Now we want to lose games to as Romano suggested is an investment in the future. What stupidity!!!

    The upside to tanking…call it what is Romano…we have a 60% chance of finding a QB who can at least start one day…far less chance that same guy is playing five years later…about 30%

    So we are going to tank a season for a freaking 60% chance of picking up ONE….player!!!


    The Downside…that we will simply keep adding to decades of tradition of losing. Players, coaches, and teams that play to lose are by DEFINITION losers!

    I’m freaking 72….easy for you thirty year olds to give up and embrace LOSING for the future…..we only have today…this minute…My focus is on beating Arizona.

  21. stpetebucsfan Says:

    Another thought on this season….the difference from google between an excuse and reason.

    “An excuse is a self-justification; a reason is an explanation. If you want to get down into the nitty-gritty of this, a ‘reason’ is a communicative act, while an ‘excuse’ is an appeal to authority.”

    Since you guys are not the authority…I’m simply communicating…the same thing done by BA to the Glazers might be interpreted as an excuse.

  22. JimmyJack Says:

    St Pete…….No use worrying about tanking. We can live free and refreshed knowing that this team has no intentions about tanking. Admittely it’s rather annoying reading fan comments wishing it. Beyond annoying to read professional articles pushing for it…..But none of it is going to change how this team goes about it’s business.

    Feel free to enjoy your Sundays knowing the Bucs will stop at nothing to try to win.

    But hey look for the silver lining. This talk of tanking can help us be aware. Realize it does happen. Had I realized this year ago maybe I could have spared my time an energy in 2014. Yes I’m one of the fools who bought into the “Dunkaneers” narrative. Got played like a moron. In retrospect all of the moves made that perseason indicate every effort to tank for a top draft choice. They got rid of most our best players and played me as a fool. And I set there and died inside on that season fully bought in. Next time I will be much more spectacle and will take a year off if that’s the product they wanna sell us as a pro team. My dumbass took til halftime in game 17 to realize it was all a pony show til I tuned out. Jerks tricks me real good for 16 freaking game.

    Hey fool me once.

  23. RustyRhinos Says:

    We have the largest Coaching staff in the NFL. And our players who get coached by two different sets of coaches, and they are still making mistakes, not just rookies, fifth year starters are still making mistakes. Did I mention that the 2019 Buccaneers Coaching staff is the largest in the NFL? How can this be? Is it coaching? Lack of passion for the game? Lack of respect for the team you play and get paid from? It is the same sh!t different day season after season coaching staff after coaching staff. How can we end all of this? I have been a fan since I moved to St. Petersburg in November of 1975. Seen lots and lots of not so good football. I am growing tired of the screwups, rinse, repeat. This needs to end. I am tired of watching the same mistakes being made game after game after game. And we hear the coaches and players repeating the same BS, we just need to get back at it and find a way to win, we need to put this game behind us and regroup and learn from those mistakes, we just need to get better. Then the next game happens and the same quotes come back out. This is a tough game, a violent game, to play in. We fans only get to see the same stuff week after week after week. And the Glazers wonder why the Buccaneers stadium is nearly empty every game. Sometimes with more opposing teams fans than Bucs fans. It sure is sad to watch.

    GO BUCS!

  24. TOM Says:

    I don’t think the Glazer’s really care if the stadium is nearly empty because they just don’t care about the fans or about winning If they did they wouldn’t have signed loser Licht to a five year extension. They need to sell the team sooner rather than later.

  25. Hodad Says:


  26. Upthecreekwithoutapaddle Says:

    It appears the Bucs are playing scared.!!
    With the fan base climate as it is ,the Bucs have lost their edge,playing not to lose instead of going for it
    The season is shot in the Arse anyway!
    Play ball and have fun!!!!

  27. Clw JB Says:

    By the third quarter we had shown everything

    we shot our load and whimpered away like the Bucs have normally done

    the DC has shown the ability to master half the job thus far and a blind man can see we have absolutely sucked at picking DB’s from a scouting perspective

    We have a crew of kids that are all pretty darn bad from VHIII to SMB, Dean, Edwards x2, Davis

    None have any ball awareness at all, have no natural instincts, and can’t memorize their assignments to save their lives…

    Check out how many crossing routes we have given up this year, every team we play eats us alive with the TE and the crossing routes in man coverage

    I see it, we all see it, but they don’t…not the coaches, the KIDS

    It’s literally disgusting what they have put on the field this year in the secondary, so far below a respectable NFL level it’s baffling – nauseating, infuriating, whatever adjective you prefer

    Post this in your next meeting TB…

  28. unbelievable Says:

    The blitzes simply have not been getting home, yet we just keep doing the same thing over and over.

    We had 6, maybe even 7 guys rushing a few times and still couldn’t get to the QB.

    At that point, just rush 4, or 5 once in a while, and disguise who the 4th or 5th rusher would be. Seems like opposing OCs know all of our blitz schemes and pick them up every time.

  29. unbelievable Says:

    @Clw JB – 3 of those guys you mentioned are rookies, so who knows. Very few CBs come in their rookie year and light it up.

    That was the first time Dean saw any extended playing time. And while Wilson was picking on him badly, he actually showed some pretty good instincts. He had like 4 or 5 passes defended in the one single game, along with a couple nice breaks on the WR to disrupt the ball and force an incompletion.

    Now don’t get m wrong, he also gave up some big plays and scores. But it was basically his first game in action, and he did show some instincts. Needs to react quicker when he has to cover a large area of the field though.

    It’d be nice to see Bowles make some adjustments and give some help to these guys. Maybe even double their top receiving target once in a while? I know, it’s just crazy to think a coach might adapt his scheme based on players…

  30. BucsFan727 Says:

    Andrew Thomas or Chase Young up grade the trenches.

  31. ToesOnTheLine!!! Says:

    Good post Jimmy Jack. I agree. Frustrating as this sh!t is, the reality is there are some signs of life on the team this year. Can’t keep blowing it up every two years and pin our hopes on a miraculous quick turnaround. Now the GM situation…that may need some serious evaluation this upcoming offseason, but it’s not all bad even there.