Pressuring The Quarterback

January 10th, 2020

Numbers say he’s a stud.

Quick question for Bucs fans: All factors aside, regardless of ransom or salary or draft picks, if you could wave a magic wand and have Fletcher Cox line up at defensive tackle for the Bucs, would you pull the trigger?

Of course you would!

But he’s already on the team, sort of.

His name may be “Vita Vea,” but he put up numbers equal to Cox, widely regarded as the best defensive tackle in the game for getting after the quarterback.

John Owning of the Dallas Morning News was doing numberscrunching and by way of the PFF tribe found out that Vea and Cox are one and the same.

Now Vea may never be a double-digit sack guy. And if the Bucs can keep their own horses this winter, there is no real need for Vea to be a double-digit sack guy like Jason Pierre-Paul and Shaq Barrett.

But the fact that Vea puts pressure on quarterbacks helps push these guys back in the pocket where JPP or Barrett can swoop in and get a sack, or even better, a strip-sack.

Joe really only has one thing to say about Vea: The man is a beast.

18 Responses to “Pressuring The Quarterback”

  1. Buc1987 Says:

    We’ve all seen the push Joe….

    He is beastly at times.

    Go Vea!

  2. BrianBucs Says:

    Hopefully the Buc’s can keep their front 7 together.
    This guy is a load and will only get better

  3. Cannon Says:

    It’s fun to watch Vea play the game.

  4. Alaskan Abdominal Snowman Says:

    Can we please hand him the ball or run a screen and watch someone try to tackle him.

  5. BigHog Says:

    Would love to see this guy come to camp at 329 lbs. and if during the year he goes up to 340 lbs. ….l’m good with that!!! GO BUCS…LET’S BRING ON THE NEW TALENT AND GET READY FOR THE YEAR OF THE BUCS 2020!!!

  6. SteveK Says:

    Everyone else eats bc Vea crashes the middle and eats up blockers. Not fancy, but a very solid player.

  7. BucEmUp Says:

    After the seattle game I cant count how many plays he was held. No calls though….guy is a monster.If Suh walks hopefully he can handle the workload.Year three I think he will be fine

  8. The Coroner Says:

    I like him better at fullback or tight end. LOL

  9. Robert Says:

    why doesn’t he play more snaps though?

    I’m fine with less snaps if thats what it takes to keep his power up….

  10. Jonny Says:

    Vea is the only DT in bucs history that I have seen get sacks and disruptions out of how deep he is able to push the o linemen that try to block him. He rarely is able to go around them, and that is okay as long as he has got that manbeast strength.

  11. PragueBucsFan Says:

    Literally every snap he is pushing his man into the QBs lap. No one can even stalemate him.

  12. Joe Says:

    Can we please hand him the ball or run a screen and watch someone try to tackle him.


  13. LordCornelius Says:

    Where is Kobe Faker to acknowledge the Danny Shelton comparison was horrible?

    Or was he reverse jinxing Vea the way he tried with Rojo?

  14. Tampabuscsbro Says:


    where is Kobe Faker yes he calls Ryan Jensens fat behind an assisted tackle. (jensen has been quietly one of the better centers in the NFL) he calles Vita Vea a wannabee Ngata. and blames arians on winston’s picks. he was supposed to leave here forever after he said if ronald jones gets a certain number of rushing yards today he is never coming back in week one.


  15. Steve Munoz Says:

    So happy with Vea. I know he’ll never be double digit sack guy but I woul love to see him get to 6 consistently. I know sacks aren’t everything but I would still love to see him rack them up

  16. BucHead588 Says:

    I don’t need numbers to see that Vita is a Beast Go Bucs great Pick Vita over James all day People like Vea don’t come around very often size speed beast there will be another James this year in the draft

  17. 541BucsFan Says:

    Vea is a problem for offenses, as is. With a solid off season and Vea could come back stronger, quicker, have greater endurance, and maybe even a few new moves.

    Vea could turn into a game wrecker next season. Put in the work, big man.

  18. stpetebucsfan Says:

    But…but…but…we coulda shoulda taken a SAFETY. snark font off now