Bucs On Historic Sacks Pace

November 19th, 2023

Better than 2002.

Would you believe this edition of the Buccaneers defense has more sacks per game than the legendary defense of the 2002 Super Bowl champion Bucs?

It’s true!

With four sacks of Niners QB Brock Purdy today, the Bucs now have 29 for the season through 10 games. That’s 2.9 sacks per game, the exact same rate at which they sacked QBs in the 2019 season Shaq, Jason Pierre-Paul, Ndamukong Suh and Devin White playing like a blitzing monster.

Yeah, the 2023 pass rush is inconsistent and it’s not coming enough off the edges. And it’s annoying that the Bucs’ best pass rushers aren’t always on the field in passing situations. But the Bucs are bringing the heat.

Purdy has only been sacked four times one other time in his career. That was in the season finale last year against Arizona.

Today, Lavonte David started the sacks parade, followed by Vita Vea, who leads the team with 5 1/2 sacks. Rookie edge rusher YaYa Diaby had two, his second and third of the season. (See the home page.)

Don’t get Joe started on the Bucs secondary, but the pass rush is better than it appears.

20 Responses to “Bucs On Historic Sacks Pace”

  1. Gman Says:

    Sure…whatever. Guess that means everyone knows they can pass on us all day.

  2. orlbucfan Says:

    4 sacks of the almighty 49ers QB? Like I am impressed. How about sacking Canales while we’re at it!

  3. ModHairKen Says:

    Big deal. It does not matter. Wins and losses matter. THEY LOST.


  4. ElioT Says:

    NO – the pass rush is not better than it appears!

    Are you serious with that statement?!!!

    It’s like you didn’t watch the game.

  5. realistic-optimistic Says:

    Is a 370-lb NT still leading the team in sacks? Is your best edge rusher sitting on the bench while a twerking wind sock lines up at DE?

  6. ElioT Says:

    If JTS ever takes another snap for this defense… Dude is a complete poser.

  7. TonySoprano Says:

    Licht’s fantastic trio of recent high draft picks (JTS, Hall, Kancey) combined for a grand total of 1 tackle today.

  8. firethecannons Says:

    meanwhile has JTS done anything?

  9. adam from ny Says:

    a couple of them were just like coverage type sacks for a loss of a yard or so…


  10. BuccaneersRN Says:

    How many sacks does Joe Tryna Stinkya have?

  11. Conner50 Says:

    Todd Bowles and Canales gotta go. Simple as that.

  12. ElioT Says:

    When Vita Vea leads your defense in sacks with seven games to go…

    You have a serious f****** problem.

  13. ElioT Says:

    We can’t even fake cuss on this site.

    JBF is garbage

  14. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    For those saying it doesn’t matter, you are wrong. It tells us that we have a good enough guys there to not have to address it in the off season.

  15. unbelievable Says:

    Too inconsistent.

    4 sacks mixed in with 27 more snaps where there was zero pressure, or not enough pressure to actually knock Purdy off his mark, just isn’t going to do it.

  16. Rod Munch Says:

    That 2002 Bucs defense also had 31 INTs, returned 4 interceptions for TDs, and held opposing QBs to a remarkable, incredible, insane 48.4 passer rating.

    Again, the best defense in the history of the NFL – and even if someone was stupid enough to argue about that, the 2002 Bucs, without any doubt, is the best passing defense in the history of the league.

    Again, a 48.4 passer rating given up – and the 2002 Bucs weren’t the 2000 Ravens artificially inflating their stats vs a new franchise 1st year Browns team either, if you go through and adjust for schedule, the Bucs played one of the toughest schedules vs opposing offenses in the NFL that year, in a year when scoring was up.

  17. Proudbucsfan Says:

    Realistic-optimistic my new nickname for JTS is twerking wind sock 🤣 that’s exactly right

  18. BucU Says:

    Whatever man.

  19. Mike Johnson Says:

    No pressure front in the 1st half. Purday was makin sandwiches back there taking his time. Its been our problem all year long.

  20. garro Says:

    wow Joe.

    Usually a good pass rush improves the play of the back end.

    That is quite an indictment of our secondary.

    Go Bucs!