Shaq Barrett Finds Freedom Versus Dolphins

August 12th, 2022

Bucs sacks king Shaq Barrett explains his unique situation.

Training camp is a unique animal for Shaq Barrett, especially in 2022.

Why? Shaq very often faces All-Pro tackle Tristan Wirfs in practice and Wirfs is so damn unique and good that Shaq can’t really practice many of his pass-rush moves on Wirfs because they’re completely worthless against him.

“I’m not able to work certain moves on [Wirfs] because they’re no match for the way he sets,” Shaq told SiriusXM NFL Radio.

So facing the Dolphins in joint practices gave Shaq a chance to work on his full arsenal from the left side, where he primarily will be lining up this season as the Bucs want to keep Joe Tyron-Shoyinka relatively stable with his duties off the right edge.

Obviously, Joe can’t watch everything at once during training camp, but Joe was told Shaq was stellar against the Dolphins this week in his pass rush, breaking through multiple times.

As for Wirfs, well, Shaq kept gushing about him and raved about him being “well balanced and having a strong punch,” a winning combo for an offensive lineman.

Joe will add that it also helps to be a freakish athlete at roughly 6-5, 325 pounds.

19 Responses to “Shaq Barrett Finds Freedom Versus Dolphins”

  1. Hodad Says:

    Wirfs was interviewed on NFL net after the joint practices. What a nice young man. I was looking at him next to Steve Smith, and just laughing at the size difference. He’s just BIG. Not fat, or looking heavy, just BIG. Glad he’s on our side, and no doubt when he went down with the ankle, our SB chances went with him.

  2. WillieG Says:

    “Obviously, Joe can’t watch everything at once during training camp” – hire more Joes! 9 more and y’all can each watch a player.

  3. SB Says:

    I am sure Joe is making coin but not enough to hire 9 more interns.

  4. Capeaceiskaput Says:

    Does anyone know if Shaq was primarily on the left side during his 19.5 sack year?

  5. Reddington Neck Shores Says:

    i’m a joe. send me to camp to take notes and come up with savvy nicknames

  6. Bird Says:


    He played almost all right side that year w 19.5. Last year he split but majority left. He is back on right this year with jpp gonzo

  7. Bird Says:

    Well. Joe is saying left so i guess thats right? 😂

  8. Power of Pewter Says:

    If he was going up against RG Wirfs, then he’s on the left.

  9. Kentucky Buc Says:

    I can’t speak for the whole scrimmage but the 30 minutes I watched on one of the phin streams it looked like the rooks and non starters played a lot more in day 2. Agree with above on Shaq playing the right side. As Jordan once said about Bird. He’s a fccckn problem.

  10. GOB Says:

    The joint practices are really the only valuable part of camp. They usually allow a little more hitting, and it’s the closest thing to old school camp as you’re going to get. We would normally have about 15 padded practices by this time. Yes there were more injuries, but it tended to separate the wheat from the chaff.

  11. GOB Says:

    BTW, GOB was the chaff, and although I did make two practice squads, I was separated fairly routinely

  12. Bucsfan13 Says:

    He can’t seem to the find the QB when we play the Saints and Rams. He’s been a total no show. He needs to do better.

  13. Bird Says:


    Curious. What position. Maybe you said?

  14. Bird Says:

    Dashaun watson “is truly sorry for the woman he impacted”

  15. Bird Says:

    Yah we good

  16. Eckwood Says:

    No Quotes from LSU Devin !! Tom may Stay !!

  17. JimmyJack Says:

    One of Shaqs best moves was jumping the snap. Last year he regressed badly and got called offsides most of the time.

    But its his best move when it works. He has to get it back.

  18. steele Says:

    What does he mean “he can’t practice” his moves vs. Wirfs? They should be constantly practicing all of their techniques against each other, making each other better, and finding ways to improve together, extremely competitively. Isn’t that the only way to get better? It doesn’t matter if it’s a teammate. He is still your opponent at the snap.

    If it “doesn’t work” (which I suppose that’s what he means), then find what does work, and make HIM better.

  19. GOB Says:

    @Bird, I played SS. In college, I was an undersized LB.