Bruce Arians: Pass Rushers Need To Get Stronger

October 11th, 2021

Shaq Barrett pumps his fist after he puts Dolphins QB Jacoby Brissett on the ground Sunday.

Last week the Bucs’ dormant pass rush came alive at the best time.

With an old man of 33 who had all of three practices this year (Richard Sherman) and a bottle of cologne (Pierre Desir) starting at the Belicheats, the Bucs needed a pass rush to help the secondary and got they got one.

Yesterday was no different and the Bucs hounded Dolphins quarterback Jacoby Brissett all day. Hounded is not sacked. He squirmed out of a lot of pinches.

“I told our pass-rush they need to get in the weight room,” Bucs Super Bowl-winning coach Bucco Bruce Arians said after the win. “Sh!t they had [Jacoby Brissett] wrapped up about five times and couldn’t get him on the ground. Jacoby’s strong. We harassed him, but we need to get those sacks and finish those things.”

The Bucs had seven quarterback hits on Dolphins quarterbacks. Brissett was sacked three times. Shaq Barrett had 1.5, Lavonte David had a sack and Vita Vea had a half-sack.

On the CBS broadcast, play-by-play man Jim Nantz gave Joe Tryon-Shoyinka a sack on Brissett when the Dolphins starter rolled out to his right and tried to run but that was officially ruled a tackle when he went out of bounds, not a sack.

29 Responses to “Bruce Arians: Pass Rushers Need To Get Stronger”

  1. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Give some credit to Brissett

  2. ModHairKen Says:

    Grasp the throwing arm. Any place on the upper right side. Stop trying for the knockdown. A teammate will be nearby to help.

  3. Pablo Says:

    Thank you Bruce for calling these guys out, Pablo was getting frustrated watching the defense…

    Joe Tryon>>>> Jason Pierre Paul

    Did you guys see JPP whiff on a easy sack? Lol he should get demoted to rotational player

  4. Listnfrmafar Says:

    Didn’t take long for BA to critique someone other than his coaches. Ya, Suh, Vea, Gholston and a gimpy JPP need to hit the weight room that’s the problem. That’s your answer? How about Bowles figure out how to stop the short passes, these 3 step drops are killing us, our massive powerful Dline doesn’t have enough time to get to QB. Dip Shat, WOW! Nothings better than the old uncle randomly rambling nonsense. The players are winners even with flaws, the coaches just plain suck.

  5. August 1976 Buc Says:

    ” The players are winners even with flaws, the coaches just plain suck.”

    Really lol Really lol.
    Reality Check, the players either make plays or they do not.

    Did Jacoby B. break the grasp of a single coach?

    Or was it the players who allowed Jacoby to escape?

    Yes the Coaches can always coach better, but to say they suck, is a just plain garbage statement.

    Yeah these Coaches suck lol, but they are the same Coaches who opened up the book on beating the Chiefs, who are now 2-4 in their last 6 games.
    No one was able to really expose the Chiefs but now, weekly the same formula the Bucs Coaches used, is being used every week, and the Chiefs have a losing record right now.

    GO BUCS!!!!!!

  6. NCBucfan Says:

    August 76,

    Exactly! It annoyed me very much last night Collingsworth giving props to the Chargers, acting like they were the first team to deploy that strategy against them! Sorry, we started that buddy! And the way they were slobbering over the Chiefs was nauseating!

  7. Señor Harry in Costa Rica Says:

    List, I think you are being a little crazy. I agree the players are winners, but the coaches don’t suck; not even close. With our top corners out and our starting safety, plus the #1 CB is some guy off the street that has not played in a year, and now LVD is hurt, WTF do you expect? I know, I know, these 3rd and 4th string CBs are going to bump and play tight coverage on #1 level WRs… Come on dude, be reasonable.

    The Bucs have a few weeks of a lighter schedule so hopefully we get our full roster back at an opportune time to make a big run. Lets pray for no more injuries.

  8. Listnfrmafar Says:

    So August, what your saying is a 2-2 Patriots team that barely sneaked by Houston yesterday didn’t out coach BA & Staff? Devin White said himself they were preached at all week Pat’s would pound the rock, yet the world new the quick drop short passes are Bucs kryptonite. Who knows what this week’s game plan was but pretty sure many of us were scratching our heads when Miami got to 17 point rather easily. So if what you say is correct I quess Vea, Suh, Gholston, Nunez etc, get your arses in the weight room and all will be great come Thursday. Do you realize that coaches like Sean Payton, Andy Reid, Billy B, Rivera, Carroll etc would have a constant erection at the thought of being able to coach this talent. I can say this if they could they would have better DB’s.

  9. August 1976 Buc Says:

    I am saying that no matter how you slice it List, your statement is off.
    Like it or not, you seem pissed at BA, and the Coaches for whatever reason. To say they suck is off base.

    You seem to have an axe to grind with the Bucs Coaches.

    And you can mention the 31 other Head Coaches if you like, but BA is still the Defending World Champion Bucs and the other 31 are not.

    Can these Coaches Coach better, yes, but to say they suck is just plain crazy.

    GO BUCS!!!!

  10. SB~LV Says:

    JTS is running around like an excitable puppy….wait until he figures out how to pace himself after he has beat his blocker

  11. gotbbucs Says:

    Here’s what I would say about some of these sacks turning into broken tackles. Defensive players used to be able to absolutely rag doll QB’s when they got there. Now that’s a penalty. These guys are basically being forced to wrap up and hold on until the ref whistles the play dead or they pull up at the last second and don’t deliver the kill shot that will undoubtedly cost them 15 yards and a $10,000 fine from the league office.
    If they go high, that’s a hit to the head=15 yards.
    If they go low, that’s a penalty=15 yards.
    The target is tiny now.
    …but yes, Vea needs to get in the weight room.

  12. Bucsfanman Says:

    Wow! Just, wow.

    How about giving credit where it’s due. Brissett stood tall and shook off several would-be sacks. Credit to HIM.
    BA was just saying what we were all saying during the game.

    Anyone expecting Madden-like performances needs to get a grip. This team and coaches aren’t perfect! We have a banged up secondary and mistakes are going to happen. Brace yourself! We might lose a few games….it’s football!

  13. Buddha Says:

    12-1 in last 13 games and fans griping about the coaching.

  14. Defense Rules Says:

    Actually the coaching for the most part really impressed me during yesterday’s game. The mix of runs and passes allowed us to chalk up over 37 mins TOP. That’s awesome IMO. Admittedly I wasn’t very impressed with our tackling during the game, but coaches don’t tackle. Also don’t like it when QBs operating on one leg hit on 70%of their passes, but it’s easy to understand why our DC is being conservative with all the Secondary injuries. Not necessarily pretty but got the job done.

  15. DoooshLaRue Says:

    Brissett reminds me of Doug Williams in a lot of ways. He doesn’t go down too easy and stands tough in the pocket.

    Additionally, the holding against our DL is RIDICULOUS, even by today’s standards.
    I saw Shaq being held many times yesterday and no penalties were called.

    If I’m BA, I bring it to the NFL’s attention.

  16. Listnfrmafar Says:

    August, you are right they don’t suck, I just don’t belive they are a great coaching staff. FYI without Brady last season this team and its coaches do not go to SB. DR, I agree the offense looked more balanced which is going in the right direction especially since we all know at some point there will be more injuries. What frustrates me is the little basics like not practicing for inclement weather, expecting a team to run on you when no one has and calling out players in public and now Dline has to be stronger when the fact is opposing teams are simply going to a 3 step drop which doesn’t allow time for the sack. Rush 3 drop back into zone, disquise it should be an easy fix. I was a linebacker coach for a college team that’s what we would do.

  17. SufferingSince76 Says:

    Maybe you panickers should remember that the other 31 teams are professional football teams, as well. No win is guaranteed. The Bucs are 4-1 while playing less than optimal ball. Relax.

  18. Jmarkbuc Says:

    This defense is really not good at tackling, at the moment. Hopefully it gets better

  19. Jmarkbuc Says:

    Dreading the thought of facing Buffalo…

  20. Anonymous Says:

    Listn- Are you really Steve Belichick? A linebackers coach? Do you have a mullet and make a bunch of inappropriate facial gestures like an exaggeration of Jon Gruden. What’s the matter? Did they throw you off the Pats site? By the way, when you were coaching LB’s at Junior College how many times did your team go on a 12-1 streak that included a championship. Let me guess… Never!! So according to your logic you must have REALLY sucked as a coach!

  21. Buccos Says:

    Listn- Are you really Steve Belichick? A linebackers coach? Do you have a mullet and make a bunch of inappropriate facial gestures like an exaggeration of Jon Gruden. What’s the matter? Did they throw you off the Pats site? By the way, when you were coaching LB’s at Junior College how many times did your team go on a 12-1 streak that included a championship. Let me guess… Never!! So according to your logic you must have REALLY sucked as a coach!

  22. orlbucfan Says:

    Now, let me get this straight. The Bucs made it into the playoffs last year. Every playoff game was on the road. They won them. The first playoff home game was the SB in Tampa. They won it and made positive NFL history. They are 4-1 right now with a banged up defense. And the coaches suck…..really? We’ve got some dimwitted yahoos on here.

  23. SOEbuc Says:

    Pash rush definitely needs to step the game up. But if the secondary can return healthy at some point, teams will need to do more than sit in the pocket and throw 10 yard drop downs at Cockrell and Sherman all day.

  24. Ash Says:

    Tackling definitely needs to be better backups or not should still be able to tackle at the very least

  25. SOEbuc Says:


    Lol. Bandwagon already hating on JPP his first game back.

  26. SlyPirate Says:

    SOE, not hating on JPP. It’s about the hot hand.

    JTS had two sacks last game.

    You can’t play the JTS only 17 snaps after coming off the best DL performance of the year.

  27. PassingThru Says:

    Yes Doosh, there is some Doug Williams in Jacoby Brissett. They really have a similar set of strengths and weaknesses. It’s hard not to admire Brissett, he has very good pocket presence, he remains poised but moves efficiently when he has to. He has an excellent set of wheels but doesn’t abandon ship and run whenever there’s pressure. And as others have pointed out, he is very strong and has excellent balance, he doesn’t go down easily. He’s learned to live with his weaknesses by working on his short game. While he has an incredible arm, he just isn’t reliably accurate at distance.

    Let’s give some credit where credit is due.

  28. Listnfrmafar Says:

    I guess I understand all your logic, you’re in Tampa so you’re not accustomed to seeing great coaching. At least I’m consistent, I give the majority of the credit goes to unbelievably talented players. If the staff is so good, why did take Brady to change the culture, recruit veteran players and win? Prior Bucs didn’t even get into the playoffs. I never said I was Todd Bowles, just questioning why something so obvious over 5 games is not fixed. I’ve seen times where Vea drops back in pass coverage and JPP 30 yds downfield in coverage last game, I just don’t understand it. Do I believe Bucs are in trouble? Absolutely not they are still the team to beat. Remember BA said NO AB on this team. How bout now? All the fair weather’s fans are giving him oral service on this site. I promoted him all along and claimed last season he will be the #1, Brady has him under wraps. So I guess I am just another Monday morning quarterback.

  29. Brandon Says:

    That was David’s sack. He was closest official defender. That was ruled a sack.