Don’t Call Him “Sack Barrett”

October 1st, 2021

Name change.

When Bucs sack king Shaq Barrett broke Warren Sapp’s record by recording 19.5 sacks in his first season with the Bucs in 2019, a lot of fans began glossing the outside linebacker as “Sack Barrett.”

Shaq thought that was pretty cool. But not any longer.

Yesterday speaking to the Fourth Estate, he was referred to as “Sack Barrett.” While humbled that folks would still call him that, Shaq asked politely, please stop.

But why? Well, Shaq said he’s not living up to that handle.

“I retired that name,” Shaq said with that famous wide smile. “I am just ‘Shaquille Barrett.” I have to get double-digits to earn that back.”

There is still plenty of time for Shaq to get double-digit sacks. He only needs 9 in the next 14 games.

Of course, it will help when Jason Pierre-Paul recovers from his sore shoulder. There is no doubt that when JPP is out, teams just shut down Shaq.

Perhaps if Joe Tryon-Shoyinka can get a sack or two Sunday night, teams will start to focus on him a little more and not put so much heat on Shaq.

14 Responses to “Don’t Call Him “Sack Barrett””

  1. Bucsfanman Says:

    C’mon Shaq! Become that game-changer again!

  2. Medicated Pete Says:

    Pete thought this team was supposed to hit the ground running since they had a training camp together now. Winfield Jr spilled the tea when he said “complacency” after week 1

  3. August 1976 Buc Says:

    Shaq sacks are based on the front 7 as a whole, yes he needs to win the one on ones but it does not help at all when Vita and Suh are on the sideline.
    Hard to win the line of scrimmage when your 2 monsters are on the sideline.
    Unless Vita and Suh are hurt, it backfired on Bowles against the Rams.

    GO BUCS!!!!

  4. Youngbucs Says:

    I spoke to a source at 1 buc and word is we will not lose another gm relax.

  5. Destinjohnny Says:

    Wonder if the coin has made him soft?

  6. gotbbucs Says:

    I’m not worried. Sacks can be fluke occurances and come in batches.

  7. HoyaBuc Says:

    If he can’t get sacks without someone opposite him drawing attention, is he worth the $17M. I like the guy, but we are paying him to be a difference maker and I feel like his is more of a supporting cast. Chandler Jones out in AZ has managed to rack up sacks and pressure the QB for years without someone that is a plus at the position opposite him. That’s worth $17M per year!

  8. PSL Bob Says:

    True, an entire D-line effort is needed for Shaq to flourish. He’s at his best when the QB is flushed out of the pocket.

  9. Hodad Says:

    If he doesn’t pick up the pace I’ll be calling him Sad Sack Barrett!

  10. Alanbucsfan Says:

    If JPP is out and Vea and Suh are playing less than 1/2 the snaps, how is Shaq or White for that matter, going to get unleashed?

  11. SB Says:

    When Vea was out last yr teams shut down Shaq

  12. JimmyJack Says:

    Joe brought up a good point on his podcast that if he wasnt called offsides against Atlanta his stat sheet wouldnt look so bad.

    But he was and that play didnt help us at all. I might find my Sack Barrett shirt and wear it Sunday for good luck. Yes, Im supersticious and not just fans calling him “Sack”. The franchise called him that as well.

  13. Craig Says:

    I still think Shaq is better player now. His play as an outside linebacker does a lot for the team. If our backfield got better, he could go back to just rushing the passer, but that might be a pipe dream.

  14. unbelievable Says:

    @SB I’ve been saying that for weeks! It’s not just JPP who he needs…