Shaq Barrett: QB Pressure Is The Answer

January 21st, 2022

Needs a few sack dances.

Joe loves to hear this. It is the ultimate answer for a defense.

Put the quarterback on his tail. He cannot throw (effectively) when he’s laying on his rear end. Want to stop the pass? Put the quarterback on his arse.

In the immortal words of Al Davis, “The quarterback must go down. And he must go down hard.”

When the Bucs played the Rams in Week 3, this did not happen. The Bucs only three times put Matt Stafford on the ground with two quarterback hurries and one sack. For a dropback quarterback like Stafford, that’s just allowing him to throw darts.

Yesterday, Bucs sack king Shaq Barrett said that must change for Sunday.

“We need to get more pressure,” Shaq said. “We need to be relentless in our effort of getting to the quarterback, getting him off his spots, sacks, hits, pressures – anything to make him uncomfortable back there. I think that will help us be in great position to be able to win the game.”

What may help Shaq and his colleagues do this is the reuniting of Carlton Davis, Jamel Dean and Sean Murphy-Bunting on the field. In Week 3, SMB did not play. Dean, who dropped a potential pick midway through the first quarter, only played 12 snaps and left with an injury.

And then the game got ugly.

So Joe believes if the Bucs can get all three of their corners on the field, it will cause Stafford to hold the ball more allowing Shaq and Company an extra split second to blast him.

24 Responses to “Shaq Barrett: QB Pressure Is The Answer”

  1. Bird Says:

    Heck. Put winfield in slot and let him blitz like rhonde used too

    Bowles even confirmed this week that nobody sees the field better then edwards so have him at Free Safety. And whitehead strong safety.

    We will be ok without SMB (hammy) or have him be the 4th db off bench

  2. Show Me the TDs Says:

    I recall an article early in the season where Shaq proclaimed that he wanted to be the best, ever, have the best season ever or something to that effect He’s been good, but miles from the best. Talk is cheap. I hope he can do it on Sunday. He has it in him.

  3. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Somehow, we need a repeat of our defensive performance in the SB……I believe if we can hold the Rams to 21 points….Bucs will win.

  4. Idahobucfan4life Says:


  5. Beeej Says:

    A lot of this depends upon the performance of whoever is playing right tackle, which apparently won’t be Wirfs

  6. BillyBucco Says:

    We know Tampa can play Championship level defense.
    Question is can the Rams?
    I’m not sold on their LB/Safety combinations.

    They will try some exotic drops that could burn them in the screen game.
    If Brady gets you on your heels hurry up TDs will flow to Evans and Gronk.

    I’m picking the Bucs 34-17.

  7. BBro Says:

    Yep make Stafford throw I’ll advised attempts or sack his ass

  8. Biff Barker Says:

    It’s put up time for Shaq.

  9. ModHairKen Says:

    Donald. Ramsey. Miller. Stafford. Akers. Cupp.

    Suh. Vea. Shaq. David. JPP. SMB. Dean. Davis. Brady. Evans. Gronk.
    Home field. Revenge.

    Advantage Tampa.

  10. August 1976 Buc Says:

    The pass rush barely even breathed on Stafford in week 3, if that happens again, it will be painful to see. If the Bucs can not only get pressure but put Stafford on the ground, then the Bucs most likely win.

    GO BUCS!!!!!

  11. adam from ny Says:

    it’s simple sunday…

    which ever quarterback takes a beating…takes a loss


  12. Evolvingbucsfan Says:

    This game will depend on the big guys up front, Vea + Suh mainly. Need a dominate game from them and everything falls in line for the rest of the defense.

    Offense line, needs to give brady just enough time to throw obviously and game plan is key to beat the Rams. Heck maybe put Brate in the slot some. If wirfs can’t play the running game will suffer IMO if we don’t have the horses to block against the rams d-line.

    This will be close but i like our chances regardless, @ home we have Brady and our defense is pretty healthy. Rams short week and travel with weaker safeties and whitworths not being 100%.

  13. JA Says:

    Heard Ira on Russo’s show again this past Wednesday.
    For him it’s not about the defense. It’s about Wirfs. Without him, or even a marginal version of Wirfs due to his injury, he says the Bucs have not much of a chance unless Stafford falls on his face.
    Ira, a New York guy who now resides in Tampa, is probably in a much better mental position to be objective than most of us.

    Consequently, Ira’s pick to win on Sunday: THE RAMS.

    Personally, with Miller and Donald beating up on injured or second team Bucs lineman, I believe Brady will need to empty and use his entire bag of tricks to pull out a win.
    With that, if history has shown us one constant, it tells us if anyone can do it Brady is the guy.
    And Joe, as much as it might irk some, thanks for not employing a crew of nothing but homers. Dissenting voices create a much needed balance—in everything!

  14. alaskabuc Says:

    So glad Shaq is back and feeling healthy. He always balls out in the big games. Predicting strip sack for Shaq on Sunday. LFG!!

  15. Razor Ramone Says:

    Please, please,please when Stafford throws the ball to the Bucs, and he will, catch it!!! Go Bucs!!

  16. Dew Says:

    JPP didn’t play in the first game too. He’s rested so hope that helps.

  17. PassingThru Says:


    It’s the combination of not having Wirfs and not having slot receivers that impair the Bucs’ chances on Sunday. Wells was a turnstile on Sunday, and he was obviously the best backup option. The vast majority of OGs cannot play RT, it’s a different skill set and a vastly different degree of speed and athleticism, I don’t think many here understand that. While Cappa might be athletic for an RG, I haven’t been impressed with his lateral quickness. That’s a serious problem, one that KC experienced during that last Super Bowl.

    Poor OTs can be overcome by Tom Brady when he has good slot receivers. Slots receivers are your best option on dink and dunk attacks, which require fast mental processing. That’s Tom Brady through and through. The problem is that the Bucs lost their two best slot receivers (AB and Godwin). Evans is now their best option in the slot, and unfortunately, there’s only one of him. After that, the Bucs just have guys who haven’t practiced or played much with TB12, and certainly don’t have the skills of Brown, Godwin, Edelman, or Welker. That leaves Gronk, but he’s going to be heavily utilized for blocking. It’s great that Fournette looks like a go on Sunday, but the loss of Wirfs will impact his usage as well.

  18. Mike Johnson Says:

    They beat us earlier in the season even when we had all our O line healthy. So, we better be ready. There D line is fearsome. They sacked the hell out of brady. Hopefully we have come up with some different strategies. We cannot fall behind in this game guys. We must keep it close. And Our D is the Key. They gotta step up superbowl style in order for us to win. This game could go either way. I’m a realist. Not a wishful thinker. This will be a tough close game.

  19. Buddha Says:

    Can’t blitz Stafford. Stats say that is when he is most dangerous.

  20. JA Says:

    Passing …

    Agree, and it’s no secret the only way to beat Brady is with a supreme pass rush. The old version of the Giants were able to do it to ruin a perfect season. As the record shows, most teams fail to pull it off.
    The Rams are built for a four man rush and I’m sure they’re very confident with our injuries. If by some miracle they are forced to bring a fifth rusher I think we have em where we want em.
    And Brady is far from a dummy. Even with our absence of natural slots, I’m sure they’ve been practicing quick throws to tight ends and outs to out wideouts.
    Should be a fun game of chess …

  21. JA Says:


  22. Brandon Says:

    The key is the continued dominant play of Jamel Dean and the excellent play of our safeties. Davis will be Davis. Great coverage, not a ball hawk. If Winfield can play the slot we might be in the best shape there as it will allow the best playmaker at DB (Edwards) to get on the field. Then pressure the QB.

  23. Swampbuc Says:

    I like our 3 safety packages also for 3rd and longs, as Winfield and Whitehead tackle like linebackers and Edwards is the best ball hawk. Stop the run and then play with the three safeties, Davis, SMB and Dean, LVD and DW, and Shaq, Vita, and JPP with rotation for the front three with Suh, Anthony Nelson, JTS, Gholston, Gill, Nacho and Stevie Mac.

    With that lineup the fourth rusher will be a blitzed in a sense, could be a safety or LVD/DW. Occasionally but not too often, send 5 rushers.

    Suddenly the D looks deep! Except at LB. Huge drop off from LVD and DW to the next level. Minter is slow, and Britt is untested.

  24. JJ Says:

    I think Vea and JPP did not play