Shaq Shedding Blocks, But…

October 3rd, 2020

NextGen data.

Shaq Barrett went through the first two games of the season without a sack and bounced back off the mat last week in Denver to record his first two of the season.

And it seems NextGen stats backs up what former Bucs guard Ian Beckles said. Per NexGen stats, only a handful of edge defenders have a better “win rate” on pass-rushing (think beating and/or shedding blocks) than Shaq has this year. It’s only Shaq’s end results that haven’t been there.

The stats, which come straight from the NFL, are tabulated using computer sensors located on players’ equipment to determine all sorts of things including speed and location on the field.

Shaq is rated using NextGen stats as the No. 9 edge defender (outside linebacker or DE) in win-rate, getting off blocks some 29 percent of the time on pass rushing plays.

What Joe wonders is, if Shaq is getting past his blocks, then why isn’t he getting to the quarterback? Has he slowed up that much in one year?

Joe is strictly going to speculate, but as many blockers and chip blocks as Shaq has had to deal with, it is likely just enough to slow his path to the quarterback.

Arians said after last week’s game that Shaq got two sacks, in part, because the Bucs decided to make a concerted effort to crash the middle of the Broncos’ offensive line to help take bodies off Shaq.

Highest Pass Rush Win Rate As An Edge Defender

13 Responses to “Shaq Shedding Blocks, But…”

  1. Joe in Michigan Says:

    I’d be a little more concerned about Shaq’s sack total so far if one of the first 3 games wasn’t against the Saints. They only allowed 25 sacks last year, and 3 so far this year.

  2. SB Says:

    But……..but………..but……. if only he could have rushed this hard for our Previous QB!
    He wouldn’t have to hold a clipboard now!

  3. adam from ny Says:


    until this qb wins some games for “air coryall” he is simply the son of bobby herbert…

    his name right now is: justin hey-bear 🙂

  4. '79 Defense Says:

    It will be interesting to see how his season goes from here. I think upward, if not for him then the defense as a whole, at least it appears.

    –Joe, I didn’t see Tampa Two with Derrick and Ira posted this week. I look forward to that and hope it returns next week.

  5. Mickman Says:

    @sbsays… surely your joking…19.5 sacks last year for the clipboard holder last year!

  6. Defense Rules Says:

    Those NextGen stats are cool Joe, but without combining them with how long the QB took to get the ball out of his hands I’m not sure what conclusions to draw. Both Brees & Bridgewater are excellent at the quick-release & they both still move around in the pocket very well. The Denver QBs? Not so much.

    Bucs’ TEAM results in terms of sacks, QB Hits, pressure, etc have been very impressive. Our DLine as a UNIT is doing its job, and doing it very well IMO. In Shaq’s case, 2 sacks every 3 games would equate to about 10-11 sacks on the season, and I’d be ecstatic with that if the DLine keeps the pressure on & the Bucs make the playoffs.

  7. Darin Says:

    Plus Brees gets away with intentional grounding about 5 times per game.

  8. Va buc Says:

    He cried bout the man getting sacks the man get 2 sacks na safety and joe still finds a way to cry dude you got problems stories starting tobe wweak no one has ever had 90 sacks in a game joe geesh running outta material

  9. Jack Burton Mercer Says:

    Where is JPP on that list?

  10. Joehelldeloxley Says:

    I’m not looking at individual sacks numbers yet.
    The unit is actually putting good numbers as a team.
    You don’t defend as individual but as a unit.
    It’s like that in every team sport.

  11. Joe Says:

    Where is JPP on that list?

    It is not a subjective ranking.

  12. jcscycles Says:

    Bowles will figure it out. Judging on the Denver game, he already has. Go Bucs!

  13. unbelievable Says:

    Other people are getting the sacks and hits.

    He is forcing the plays their way and tying up o-lineman.

    Not that hard to understand. It would be concerning if we didn’t have other guys getting sacks, hits, etc