That’s right the Bucs laid a big goose egg in the sacks department this past week against Atlanta. In fact, we are last in the league with just 15 on the year. Half of which came in the last 4 games, and that was only because of a rare strong showing by the defense against the Jets with 6 sacks. This has been a constant theme for the Bucs defense line, and for one reason or another they simply have not been able to bring consistent pressure on opposing QB’s.
As a result of the lack of pressure, opposing QB’s have been able to throw for 300 yards on average and with a total offense of almost 400 yards. That is not only embarrassing, but all too common with our “bend but don’t break” defense. That philosophy only works if Tampa Bay is able to generate a pass rush, which defensive coordinator Mike Smith consistently hasn’t been able to find an answer for. Until he does, you will continue to find our opponents light up the scoreboard.
Written by: Tony Rossi