Pass Rush Philosophy From One Buc Palace

April 27th, 2024

Assistant GM John Spytek.

The Bucs have been good at generating sacks the past couple of years but not so good at crafting consistent quarterback pressure, especially off the edge.

Bucs officials are paying attention.

Late tonight after Rounds 2 and 3 of the NFL Draft, assistant Bucs general manager John Spytek fielded questions from media and talked about the Bucs’ selections of Alabama edge rusher Chris Braswell (Round 2) and defensive back Tykee Smith out of Georgia (Round 3) followed by receiver Jalen McMillan out of Washington.

Help off the edge in Round 2? Spytek said it was a no-brainer.

“If you can’t affect quarterbacks in this league right now, you’ve got almost no chance to win,  Spytek said.

Joe heard that and screamed a few rounds of “Amen!”

Joe is always glad to hear the Bucs acknowledge the value of collecting good pass rushers. They didn’t add one beyond possibly washed out Randy Gregory this offseason, so Joe got concerned.

It feels like teams need at least one dominant pass rusher to reach the promised land of the postseason, and the Bucs probably don’t have that guy this season.

The fantasy, of course, is Braswell turns into the next YaYa Diaby, last year’s rookie sensation pass rusher who should have gotton on the field a lot sooner than he arrived.

13 Responses to “Pass Rush Philosophy From One Buc Palace”

  1. BillyBucco Says:

    This guy has talent for days. He was rated 57 and that is where we took him.
    His projection is off the charts.
    Really liked how Nick Saban said he LOVED Tykee Smith and then said the same thing about McMillan.
    Finally taking Big Schools elite players who are coached right and READY to play day 1.
    Tykee Smith has the intangibles you CANT coach and the coaching MOST schools don’t give.
    He will be our starting Nickel.
    The way I look at it is we got 4 starters so far.
    Move up for Cedric Gray or Jeremiah Trotter or even Curtis Jacobs and we could have 5.

  2. adam from ny Says:

    4th round coming up…

    could licht be ready to draft a small school sleeper ?

    if he does, now’s the time

  3. Simeon4HOF Says:

    Really think Yaya will explode out the gate. Love all you guys and all your Podcasts. Sorry for the times I come off strong about certain topics, just very passionate about the Bucs and the progress they make and at times haven’t made when it comes to best way to fill holes building the team.
    Your 3 personalities gel so well. Ira a legend, Steve is awesome, and Lee is cool and always funny, sorry Lee if I disagree with ya sometimes about things and snap or overdo it. Keep up the good work guys. JL is a beast

  4. Bucsalltheway Says:

    On board with trotter all nfl kids usually pan out defensively that is…ie cade Warner lol

  5. MadMax Says:

    Be proud…. We did a somewhat… to be continued…. Well see how they pan out

  6. A Bucs Fan Says:

    I’d say package the 6th and 7th to move up and have two 4th round picks today. One used on a ILB like Cedric Gray, or Trotter Jr then Braelon Allen or Audric Estime!

  7. Beeej Says:

    Don’t worry about rushing game, only FOUR RB’s have been picked in the first three rounds. (Which means my man crush, Audric Estime, is still there)

  8. geno711 Says:

    Ranking on Dallas Turner:
    CBS 39
    33 Team 42
    Athletic 50
    MD BD 51
    Draft Buzz 54
    Walter FB 57
    PFF 58 64
    Draftnet 64
    ESPN 68

  9. Ugotrobbed Says:

    For me, the second day draft picks for the Bucs were underwhelming! Where’s the RB!
    Hope they prove me wrong!

  10. Brent Says:

    Mo Kamara please! Guys a beast!

  11. Irishmist Says:

    Braswell is similar to Barrett in that he has all the physical tools to succeed, but his production was limited because he was stuck behind 2 star players. Hopefully this works out as well.

  12. Pewter Power Says:

    lol geez first it was Bucs don’t like pass rushers, then you complained because they didn’t get one in first round. They finally draft one and you say they need one more. Someone sure is hard to please

    People really love their rookies. Look how long it took YaYa to start over JTS. Bowles isn’t going to put him out there if he hasn’t completely learned the scheme and who knows if he’s really good or not. Everyone was excited about JTS on draft night too

  13. Buddha Says:

    Ya Ya had more sacks than Will Anderson, a first round draft choice and played fewer snaps.