Vita Vea And Sacks

December 6th, 2021

Expanding his game.

The way Joe saw Bucs defensive tackle Vita Vea yesterday, it was downright scary.

Granted, Atlanta’s interior offensive line is trash. Still, for a horse like Vea to get a couple of sacks is frightening. If that continues, that’s Warren Sapp stuff.

So today, Super Bowl-winning coach Bucco Bruce Arians was asked about Vea rushing the passer. His two sacks yesterday weren’t an accident, Arians said.

“He’s got a couple little counter moves now,” Arians said. “Just use that strength. God gave you a ton of strength, just use it. I think [Ndamukong] Suh is helping him in that regard also.”

Bucs sack king Shaq Barrett has been having a nice year. If healthy, Jason Pierre-Paul can still be a force. Sadly, Joe doesn’t expect JPP to be healthy until after the season. Suh is Suh. You can never count him out.

If Vea now becomes a sack producer in addition to toying with offensive linemen and jamming up the interior, this defensive line could be downright nasty.

40 Responses to “Vita Vea And Sacks”

  1. Medicated Pete Says:

    If Bruce stops forcing JPP to play injured, this defense will take-off with healthy replacements

  2. Chuckstutz Says:

    The big nastys. Great name! They need a moniker.

  3. Hodad Says:

    Joe, JPP might get healthy after the season, but if he plays in 2022 I doubt he stays healthy. Father time has won his match with JPP. At his age, with all the football, and injuries that come with that it’s over. Been a great career. Bucs would be foolish paying him next year.

  4. crazyBucs_CL Says:

    VV is becoming the face of Bucs D.
    I love it, he is funny-beast. Not easy to find.
    Great player!

  5. Robert Says:

    I think JPP come alive in the playoffs. It’s in his veins, injury or not @ that point.

  6. SlyPirate Says:


    Lock up the NFCS this weekend and shut JPP down until the playoffs.
    That’s four weeks to get healthy for JTS to get good.

  7. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Nobody forces JPP to do what he doesn’t want to do……

  8. Miller5252 Says:

    There was a play yesterday that JPP got BLOWN UP on. Never seen that happen to JPP before. He needs a break or just come in on special plays for certain roles. He’s too good of player to be put in situations that make him look this bad.

  9. DaBux Says:

    I’m still waiting for that game, hopefully against Green Bay, were Vea bulldozes, scoops, and throws the center into the QB.

  10. Beeej Says:

    JPP needs surgery on the rotator cuff, but if he DOES, down and out for months and months

  11. SOEbuc Says:

    JPP has been a total ghost and that’s not what JPP looks like.

  12. Jp09 Says:

    Hopefully Jordan Davis is there when we draft this year, getting another bull in there to learn and play with vita will set this D up for future success.
    Vita is a beast and needs a long term battle buddy

  13. cmurda Says:

    This is one of those rare, very elusive sane moments for Pete. JPP is not helping this team right now. He seems injured. Not a pain tolerance type of thing. Like downright injured. It’s noticeable. He needs time to get right. Playoff time, injured or not he will be counted on.

  14. Defense Rules Says:

    SOEbuc … Agree ‘that’s not what JPP looks like’. Still, he’s a warrior & getting him to recognize that he’s not helping the team by being out there won’t be easy. If you look at his last 6 games, his snaps/game have steadily decreased.

    o Bears: 39 snaps (59%), 2 sacks, 2 QB Hits, 1 Hurry, 1 FF, 1 TFL, 3 solo tackle, 1 assist … THAT’S the real JPP.
    o Saints: 68 snaps (89%), 2 solo tackle, 1 assist, 2 PD, 2 Hurries
    o Washington: 58 snaps (79%), 1 solo tackle, 1 TFL
    o Giants: 44 snaps (76%), 1 solo tackle, 1 PD, 1 Hurry
    o Colts: 45 snaps (65%), 1 solo tackle
    o Falcons: 37 snaps (52%), 1 solo tackle, 1 assist

    After the Saints game on, JPP has been a shell of himself. That was a VERY physical game, and kinda wondering if he may have really aggravated the shoulder. Still, Bowles may well see him as a better option than JTS, Nelson or Gill in certain situations. It’ll be interesting to see how this all plays out for the rest of the season though.

  15. Ash Says:

    Didnt hurt that they played against probably the worst guard in the league in Mayfield lol would pump the brakes a little bit hope it’s the start of something but would wait until he plays against better competition before you start to get crazy with his projection.

  16. westernbuc Says:

    If Vita becomes an 8-12 sack a year guy then holy sh!t

  17. Cobraboy Says:

    That was one bad-ass loop stunt by Vea. Ryan’s eyes had to get as big as Vea’s gut when he saw the li’l guy bearing down on him untouched.

  18. Cobraboy Says:

    JPP is not only playing with one arm, he’s also protecting it.

    I love the guy, but he needs to be put on the shelf for the sake of the team. Heck, Nelson has looked decent recently.

  19. Oneilbuc Says:


  20. August 1976 Buc Says:

    It looks like T Bowels trusts an injured JPP more than JTS.
    I mean why else would we not see JTS more?
    JTS is young and healthy, but like Darden, we have not seen JTS play the way they he been spoken of at times. He is still so young and raw. Again why would Bowels play a badly injured JPP and not the JTS the young hungry lion? It is got to be TRUST.

    GO BUCS!!!

  21. Joe Says:

    It looks like T Bowels trusts an injured JPP more than JTS.

    Against the run.

    Also why you are seeing so many snaps for Anthony Nelson.

    Bowles doesn’t trust JTS against the run. Yet.

  22. lea Says:

    Great player !

  23. Jmarkbuc Says:

    Imagine if Vita played more than 40 % of the snaps…

  24. JimmyJack Says:

    Oniel. JPP has made a career at prooving statement like your to be foolish. He is the last guy I would be betting against to come back from an injury.

  25. KnoxvilleBuc Says:

    Stopping the run is the most important thing to the defense. JPP will rest once Tryon shows he can be more reliable in the run game. Right now he is relying on pure athletic ability. Setting the edge, gap control, and leverage are the most important things he can learn. I do think next Sunday will be his time to shine chasing Allen around. Nelson has been solid so far and definitely improved and using his length. I would like to see Gil get some more situational rushes in the Bills game.

  26. Jmarkbuc Says:


    Buffalo’s defense is tough, and they hit and tackle. Refreshing to see Defense played like it should be.

    Wish we actually hit and wrapped up.

  27. cmurda Says:

    I’m embarrassed that I even questioned Licht and wanted Derwin James at the time. Derwin is solid but Vea was most definitely the right pick

  28. DoooshLaRue Says:

    Love Vita…… but it was Matty Ice Statue.
    We should have had 20 sacks.

  29. Thisisouryear!! Says:

    I read somewhere that JPP is always where he’s supposed to be and the others are not. That’s why JPP remains in the game.

  30. Lesko_Brandon Says:

    Patriots beat the Bills by just running the football and relying on the defense. Can the Bucs do the same against the Bills ?

  31. Rod Munch Says:

    I’m not taking anything away from Vita here, but go back and watch the two sacks. On both of them Vita has pretty much a straight run at the QB, in both cases the offensive lineman appear to be handing off Vita to another lineman, who isn’t there. Again, go watch the highlights, watch the offensive lineman, they basically do nothing on the play except stand around looking stupid.

    Bowles gets a lot of blame, the stunts up front is what caused the confusion. Also if Leftwich is in charge of designing plays, and making sure our offensive lineman don’t look as stupid as the Falcons offensive lineman, then he should get some credit.

    I know the Vita worshippers will of course not watch the tape and throw a fit if you in any way criticism him – and I really do like Vita, but come on Joe, mentioning first ballot HOF’er Warren Sapp because Vita got some sacks on broken plays?

    Again, go watch the 2 highlights, watch the offensive lineman, the Falcons o-line as either playing with 4th stringers are they have some terrible coaches.

  32. Rod Munch Says:

    Now we’re going to get those idiots who think the Bucs should take the ball out of Brady’s hands and just run it on the Bills, not taking into account the reason the Pats did that was because of the weather and the fact the Pats have the best defense in football.

    But sure enough, the dopes will soon appear saying all we need to do is run the ball to win. It’s amazing people that stupid even know how to use the internet.

  33. DoooshLaRue Says:


  34. Ben green Says:

    Whatever about vea. All Ben needs is for Tommy boy to go out and do what he’s always done, beat the hapless buffalo chickens. That will insure a division win, and probably home field for my beloved Patriots. With the way y’all play defense, I’m concerned.

  35. teacherman777 Says:

    where is the love for JPP!?

    You guys are heartless!

    The guy has given us more in a few seasons than GMC ever gave us!

    JPP is playing hurt and you guys hate?

    I agree. He should rest until the playoffs.

    He should have off season surgery.

    and we should still sign him back!

    I dont care what anyone says! I dont care if he has to kiss the first 4-8 ganes next season. We need him on our team!

    JPP should retire a Buc!!

  36. Anonymous Says:

    Why is Rod Munch making no sense and arguing with himself?

  37. adam from ny Says:

    rod was a man of logic, yet but only one year ago…

    but how about that shiny new toof for the sumoistic sackmeister

  38. adam from ny Says:

    remember only a few years ago we were a soft azz defense…

    then suh arrived, and it all changed…

    and vita v showed up…

    and devin…

    then vita got his tooth helmeted out of his head and laughed…


  39. JimBuc2 Says:

    A bulldozier with feet is pretty cool, granted, but too many words for a moniker. I like ‘Sasquatch’
    GO BUCS!

  40. Statguy Says:

    Just need to rest JPP and keep Tryon out there