I made it very clear before the Bucs-Broncos tilt this weekend that the number one key to victory was pressure. I even went so far as to forego my normal pregame write up, and title an article called “Pressure, Pressure, Pressure.” With 0 sacks and 0 hurries, we failed miserably in this regard.
Former Broncos GM Ted Sundquist does post game reviews for Profootballtalk.com and here is his take on the pressure.
A requirement to execute the Tampa 2 is getting pressure from your front four (with no help). Jay Cutler has enjoyed a relatively clear and easy path created by his O-Line for most of four weeks. What’s amazing is how quickly the different components have gelled. If you read my early report on the Broncos, no offensive lineman has played next to his teammate until this season. Denver is effectively starting two rookies at OT (Ryan Harris a 1st time starter in year 2). I thought the interior battles with Chris Hovan and Jovan Haye would open up some “one on one” opportunities for DE’s Gaines Adams, Greg White, and Kevin Carter (KEY #4). Once again, rookie Ryan Clady and Harris more than held their own. Tampa recorded no sacks and no pressures. Cutler was never pressured into forcing the ball. He had the time and showed the patience to read through the coverage and find the open receiver, especially with Stokley in the 3rd quarter. Great job by the young OT’s!