Shaq Barrett Falls Off “Disruptor” Chart

June 27th, 2022

Still drinking Cam Newton’s Gatorade?

Via various objective, technology-driven metrics, Bucs sacks king and Pro Bowler Shaq Barrett has been declared to be less of a pass rusher in 2021 than he was in 2020.

Official NFL NextGen data, born from satellite tracking of equipment, had Shaq ranked fourth among pass-rushing disruptors acrosss the league in 2019. In 2020, he checked in at eighth-best, two notches behind Aaron Donald.

The 2021 rankings are out at and Shaq fell out of the top-10.

Disruptors are defined not just by sacks but plays in which they affect an opposing quarterback. NGS defines a hurry as an instance in which a defender gets within 1.5 yards of a quarterback at any moment between the snap and the release of a pass or a sack, and a pressure is when a defender is within 2 yards of the quarterback at the time he’s releasing a pass or within 1.5 yards of the QB at any point during the play. A sack is — well, you know what that is.

I’m taking a closer look at QB pressures (QBP), QB pressure rate (QBP rate), hurries, sacks and turnovers caused by QB pressure (TO-QBP) to determine who was the best at disrupting quarterbacks in 2021.

No Buccaneer made the list.

Given the uncertainty surrounding Bucs edge rushers not named Shaq, it’s fair to say the Bucs truly need a big 2022 from No. 58 to accomplish their goal.

Fun facts: In 2022, the Bucs will face 7 of the 10 top NFL disruptors from 2021. Bengals DE Trey Hendrickson was stops in the league. The guys the Bucs will miss on their schedule are edger rushers Yannick Ngakoue (Colts) and Maxx Crosby (Raiders), plus Eagles DT Javon Hargrave.

24 Responses to “Shaq Barrett Falls Off “Disruptor” Chart”

  1. SlyPirate Says:

    I see Shaq having a big year.

    If Vea and Hicks draw doubles, Hall and/or Shaq will have better chances for impact plays.

  2. #8 Says:


  3. DoooshLaRue Says:

    Wow, technology is amazing.
    Shaq had a down year compared to the year before…’d they figure that out?

    That sh!t is about as on point as the weekly power rankings, where they tell us in detail how much better the teams with the winning records are than the teams with the losing records.

    Valuable info indeed.

  4. Crickett Baker Says:

    #8 huSH

  5. Steven007 Says:

    8, we get it, but he is very likely not coming back. So I’m not sure why your belaboring the point?

  6. Steven007 Says:


  7. Ash Says:

    They need a big year from jts not only shaq

  8. GOB Says:

    In 4 games against the Rams and Saints last year, Barrett was invisible. If the bucs are going anywhere this season, that must change.

  9. Robert Says:

    He’s done. It’s JTS time

  10. sasquatch Says:

    Not concerned.

  11. steele Says:

    Why is this surprising? The pass rush was clearly worse than the year before, individually and collectively. No one had a great season.

  12. SB Says:

    JPP being hobbled most of the year, teams put more focus on Shaq.
    Pretty simple.

  13. August 1976 Buc Says:

    The DB’s are so far off they concede 1st downs just by scared alignment.

    OH NO!!!!!! the Horror show has returned, back from the dead, and now showing at a local stadium in Tampa. and 9 other sites in 2022 lol
    The Return of the …… “The Dreaded Prevent Defense” of the 80’s and 90’s”

    The QB’s have an easy time to get the ball to the WR before the pass rush can even sniff the QB most of the time.
    The Pass Rush is critical to winning consistently.
    But the Defensive backfield needs to do their part too. Get up in the WR’s face, bump him within 5 yards, knock him off his route, screw up their timing.
    The DB’s have to do more than sit back and let QB’s pick up easy first downs.

    Bowles was known for Press coverage when he came to the Bucs, but it has morphed into something else.

    Like a blast from the past, they end up playing prevent defense that was so popular in the 80’s and 90’s.

    I am not going to go into all the scared coverage by the DBs. I have stated many times about a certain DB playing scared.
    In the 80’s and 90’s you would see teams at the end of games come back from huge deficits and win, because of the ‘Dreaded Prevent Defense” that allowed the team to comeback.
    What is worse now, is the Bucs run this during the game mostly, not just at the end in the 4th Qtr like I stated about the 80’s and 90″s.
    Again Bowles is a press guy, but the players have to be willing, and not be gun shy.

    GO BUCS!!!

  14. FrontFour Says:

    Finally someone said it. Barrett had one great season and hasn’t done much since. Used to call those guys a flash in the pan. He got his FU money and plays a superstar in interviews and on Buccaneer blogs. How about just showing up on Sunday.

  15. Tsmpabaybucfan Says:

    We’ve got the money squirreled away for Gronk…….could bolster our pass rush with some of it. Perhaps a TE with the rest……(including savings from Succop)

  16. Chris l Says:

    Finally the cam newton gatorade chirp again!!

  17. August 1976 Buc Says:

    Again how can you consistently get a good pass rush with that sh!t show that lets QB’s simply get the ball out easily for first downs.

    Teams quit running many times, because the D line was so stout, but the beat up, gun shy pass defense needs to do their part.
    How are you going top get near the QB if the ball is out so quick, because the DB’s just do not get up in the WR’s face very much , and knock them off their timing?

    It works hand and hand. Dline and Defensive backfield. Team Game.

    For all these comments about Shaq, maybe go back and watch the games again, and see the Sh!t show defensive back coverage.
    And anyone who wants to throw out stats about the defensive backfield, how about go back and watch play by play, the actual games, not just look at some stat sheet.
    Watch play by play, it is a team game, and the DB’s need to disrupt the timing WR’s, not just line up and give up first downs.
    You got to give that split second of time, that allows the pass rush to get to the QB.

    So many times it is that split second, that is the difference between a sack or a completed pass.

    GO BUCS!!!!

  18. Jeffbuc Says:

    August 1976 I’m with you. If we see the corners back pedaling on the hike of the ball on 3rd and 6 again this season I’m going to puke. A simple 8 yard comeback is an easy completion against us. Our dbs our 10 yards deep 2 seconds into the play. How many quick slants for 6 yards are caught against us over and over again. Just go watch the saints games the last coupes of years. They do quick throws and keep the chains moving. As we still back pedal into our 10 yard zone. We are suppose to ha e tow good man corners. Than damnit let them play man coverage attacking towards the ball. Not attacking towards the receiver out of there backpedal after he has an uncontested 6-8 yard gain. It’s like watching heargraves and mike smith all over again.

  19. 1sparkybuc Says:

    SB nailed it.

  20. Destinjohnny Says:

    We need to hit on a d line draft pick

  21. SPARKY Says:

    I don’t know, can anybody tell me when our defense is out there, do you hear name shaq called out much? Nothing like the top 10, even top 15 defensive guys in the league. He’s average.

  22. Buczilla Says:

    Shaq is a good player, but he needs a threat at the other outside linebacker spot to be great and JPP was broken AF last year.

  23. DG060 Says:

    10-7 this year. BRUTAL schedule. Relying on untested young players. No Gronk.

  24. Browsing from DC Says:

    I think the Bucs will be fine with pressure up the middle against most QBs since they’re pocket-passers. I’d really like to see more discipline on the edge not only for contain but to stay in the passing lane to get hands up when the QBs go for the hot-read out routes when pressured. The 2 Watt boys (JJ and TJ) are the model. Yes, they’re athletic freaks but they also have great “lane discipline”. If they get to the QB, great but batting down some balls that would otherwise be easy completions is just as good, especially on 3rd down and the Bucs have some good tall, lanky guys on the outside. Hopefully we’ll also see the occasional safety blitz used more than in the past.