The Rebirth Of A Pass Rush

November 3rd, 2019


Last week was a beautiful thing. The Bucs got after a quarterback.

And while the defense as a whole didn’t play great, it was better. And the pass rush was quite good.

It seemed as if the return of Jason Pierre-Paul re-energized the pass rush. Suddenly, Carl Nassib was removed from Amber Alert status and NFL sack leader Shaq Barrett bounced back from a two-game shutout to get after Tennessee quarterback Ryan Tannehill.

Last week, Barrett told Joe you can thank JPP. Because Tennessee feared JPP and by focusing on him, it allowed him and Nassib room to work.

“Yeah, yeah, yeah, definitely,” Barrett told Joe about JPP affecting the rest of the Bucs’ pass rushers. “I was getting some slides, some one-on-ones coming off the edge and that was giving me some opportunities I love to have.”

Barrett added that the same type of coverage allowed JPP and Nassib to hunt as well. And if more teams do that, Barrett said, look out.

“It is going to be hard for teams” to take out Barrett, JPP and Nassib all on the same play.

The way the Bucs got after Tannehill last week buoyed the Bucs into 10th place in the NFL in getting after quarterbacks. NFL Films’ research shows the Bucs are now No. 10 in quarterback disruption using only four-man rushes when you combine pressures, hits and sacks.

Joe has to believe all of this was triggered with the return of JPP.

The fact the Bucs have the best run defense in the league, elite even, and the pass rush is in the top third of the league just shows you how atrocious the secondary is.

Someone needs to be slapped across the face!

15 Responses to “The Rebirth Of A Pass Rush”

  1. tmaxcon Says:

    Pass rush is irrelevant when you have a secondary lwith vh3bust and friends…. closer to a midget circus than a competent nfl secondary

  2. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Correct me if I’m wrong but I don’t think we have any sacks from a CB or S this year…..all those blitzes….so little results.

  3. Capt. Tim Says:

    We actually have some great pass rushers!!
    I never thought Id live to see it!
    Bucs pressuring or sacking opposing QBs is an absolute joy to watch. It brings tears to my eyes- Everytime they knock a QB on his ass!

  4. Son of Kobe Faker Says:

    “Smart Money is coming in on Tampas side

    Line is -4

    MY Dad is betting on Seattle”

    Son of Kobe Faker

  5. SOEbuc Says:


    I think Whitehead got one early on but I could be wrong.

  6. AKickInTheBucNuts Says:

    Rebirth of a pass rush on an Afterbirth of a team.

  7. Alanbucsfan Says:

    IF Jameis keeps turnovers to 1 or less, Bucs should win this game.
    Seahawks pass D is just as lousy as Bucs’ and Bucs have better receivers.
    Seahawks should not be able to run much.
    Just keep Wilson in the pocket.
    Don’t turn it over, Jameis.

  8. Defense Rules Says:

    TBBF … Good catch on the blitzing ineffectiveness. And not just the CBs & Safeties, but the inside LBs as well. Matter of fact, no Buc under 275 lbs have a sack this season (Nassib now has 3 & JPP has 1). Maybe all we need to do is fatten up our Secondary so they can push on through.

    And it’s sooo good to hear Joe acknowledge that even though the defense as a whole didn’t play great (in his words), it was BETTER (again in his words). That’s a major breakthrough in & of itself … they played BETTER. Actually Joe, the Bucs defense played very well in that game, DESPITE being set up by our offense’s turnovers time & time again. #1 rushing defense in the NFL. Generating 12 TOs of their own in 7 games; not that shabby (#7 ranking in the NFL as a matter of fact). Have held opponents to 40.9% of drives ending in an offensive score … #8 ranking in the NFL, despite being handed numerous short fields after our Bucs’ offense turned the ball over. Yup, this Bucs’ defense is DOING BETTER for sure. Can’t wait until this Secondary chock full of youngsters matures.

  9. Buczilla Says:

    That someone is named Jason Licht.

  10. JimmyJack Says:

    Changes were made in the secondary last week and it made a difference. Them guys made plays quite a few times to get us off the field on 3rd down.

    The one TD they gave up with guys out of position bothered me but Carlton made up for it with 3 consecutive plays & 2 of them were INTs. The INTs were wrongfully overturned. If the refs don’t screw us we are talking about an improved secondary….Ya know the old saying about winning being the ultimate parfume.

  11. JimmyJack Says:

    Something that has bothered for the last several years now is how our secondary takes all of the blame for passing yardage. It’s like fans are completely oblivisous to the fact that our LBers get roasted over the middle every game consistently. I’ve heard the stats and LBers are responsible this year for 30% of yardage.

    And the LBs never take any criticism. They are a large part of the problem. That’s why I’ve been focusing on D White. He seems to be getting a little better every week. A long way to go but he is much better in coverage then Minter was. It would be very nice to see him take a big step forward in one of these games. It’s badly needed.

    GO BUCS!

  12. Howard Cosell Says:

    Panthers will be 5-3 in an hour.
    That means McCoy is now on a winning team.
    That also means that it was the Bucs dragging McCoy down, and not the other way around.
    Not happy about it, just being real.

  13. MadMax Says:

    Well, long as jw is on the field, we’ll lose… i love the pass rush….but dial it back a little guys, we need high draft picks for the rebuild

    Better keep JPP and Barret!!!!!!!!!

  14. AlteredEgo Says: Your comment is awaiting moderation. Says:

    Watch #98 when/if he is on the field today….great effort last week

  15. stpetebucsfan Says:

    Howard Cosell

    True dat!!! Are you just trying to rile up TMAX. LMAO

    He’s had a rough go…all the pub about the four Bucs who showed up for McCoy’s son’s senior night because McCoy had to travel west with the Panthers.

    My opinion of McCoy has never really wavered. I’ve always considered him a very good player if not great. He never really had a supporting cast so it’s hard to judge with certainty.

    The thing that amuses me is that McCoy is also an excellent human being. For some posters…read TMAX…being a good human being is a deficit. He prefers Sapp and believes players should be nasty louts to have potential on the field.

    Of course that negates the value of some great Buc players.
    Sapp is a moral loser! Great football player…disgusting off the field. Selmon was as great a human as a football player so I guess that means TMAX hates him as well as McCoy. And of course there is DB55…great on the field and awesome off as well.