A Call For More Sacks Of Tom Brady

July 20th, 2022

Joe can imagine more than a few Bucs fans — and NFL fans — in stunned disbelief listening to Bucs sacks king Shaq Barrett this afternoon as he enjoyed a pedicure with his wife.

(Shaq said he tries to get one “pedi” per month.)

During his all-things-Bucs chat on The Rich Eisen Show on SiriusXM, Shaq said he loves how Todd Bowles and Bucco Bruce Arians communicate so effectively and he expects little to change at One Buc Palace. But Shaq is looking for one day-to-day adjustment that will be more fair to the defense.

With Bowles calling the shots, he said, hopefully more respect for the defense will flow in practice. Apparently, Arians often ate his whistle when the offense was on the field.

“In practices, you know, when you have an offensive head coach, like, you benefit the offense a little bit more,” Shaq began. “So maybe we get some more plays where the defense is actually getting our sack instead of letting the play go.”

A sack is a judgment call in practice. No one is permitted to hit a quarterback, so defensive players pull up if they get clear shot at a QB. That requires coaches to blow a play dead and award a sack to the defense.

Shaq mentioning this tells Joe the defense didn’t always appreciate the whistle being slow to arrive.

Joe thought was a cool and interesting nugget from Shaq, and it could serve is a motivator for Brady if a quick-whistle shuts him down where it didn’t in previous summers.

17 Responses to “A Call For More Sacks Of Tom Brady”

  1. GOB Says:

    I remember a Patriots camp practice in 2015. Brady got rolled up on, and his knee buckled. Thankfully he was fine. Blow the damn whistle Todd.

  2. Dooley Says:

    Meh, it’s a habit at pretty much all levels of football in practice settings. The coach will tell a defender to pull up to allow the offensive rep to be processed and completed by the QB. It’s less about restricting any defender and more about getting the everything you can out of every rep, but it is geared towards allowing the offense from learning from the play development. In no way do I condone tackling our soon to be 45 year old QB for sport, especially if he hasn’t had his non-GMO ovaltine for the day.

  3. Allbuccedup Says:

    Sacks king Shaq Snacks king Lenny!

  4. captivajim Says:

    I trust that Bowles is smarter than Shaq; and does not want to be forced to start Trask against Cowboys …..

  5. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    We all know that just getting close to the QB doesn’t necessarily mean a sack….many, including Brady are adept at avoiding sacks….but, I understand…..there isn’t much else you can do.

  6. firethecannons Says:

    no sacks for TB12 but defense has many changes with new personnel to adjust to.

  7. captivajim Says:

    In 2 games against Rams , And 2 games against slimys; Shaq got Zero QB sacks -None..

    He needs to DO IT when it matters

  8. SB~LV Says:

    lol… the Shield ain’t gonna let that happen to any of their QB’s
    Football these days is all about ringing the TB bell .

  9. Allbuccedup Says:

    Without JPP Shaq will turn into sacks queen.

  10. Rod Munch Says:

    The quarterbacks aren’t hit regardless of the whistle, he’s just saying to blow the play dead and not let it continue. Personally I don’t really know the benefit of blowing the play dead, not unless the defense has to run or something because they gave up a big play that should have been dead. But I doubt in todays PC limp wristed world that you can still make players run for not doing their jobs, in fact you probably have to give them a sippy cup and a trophy for trying.

  11. SPARKY Says:

    Did you let a Saints fan write that headline Joe?

  12. GOB Says:

    What I hate, is the fact that during most practices, DBs are discouraged from picking off the QB. I completely understand that offense is more challenging to practice, but if you’re not trying to pick the QB, what’s the point? If you’re not practicing game situations, then why bother. Just do walkthroughs. As a former safety, it drove me nuts. The QB position has become more important than ever, so I understand why coaches try to protect them. But, no QB has ever been injured from being picked in practice.

  13. Rod Munch Says:

    GOB Says:
    July 20th, 2022 at 4:40 pm
    What I hate, is the fact that during most practices, DBs are discouraged from picking off the QB.


    I’ve watched/read about football my entire life and I’ve never once heard that.

  14. Crickett Baker Says:

    QB camp is coming in 3 days (23rd). We should get some views on Trask, then. I am excited!

  15. Dewey Selmon Says:

    The word pedi sounds creepy. Don’t care if you’re talking about nails lol.

  16. Couch Fan Says:

    Just more evidence to me that Arians was highly over rated. If you practice scared you are going to play scared. Now im not saying they should be going all out but if you hold them back constantely in practice, then you cant expect them to on the top of their game on Game Days.

  17. Eddie Marz Says:

    Let the boys play. Munch had it right, there not blowing the whistle because their trying to get the offense right. Sack don’t mean crap in practice anyway. Shuq will have to be satisfied knowing that could have gotten a sack. GOBUCS!