No Pressure, No W

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 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!

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  • Nick

    hey bucs fans, and i presume rays fans. just wanted to let you guys know that i’ve posted an alcs preview over at (the fan sided titans blog) that i think you all might like. we’re on a bye this week so i thought we’d have a little fun with the baseball playoffs. check it out and let us know what you think.


  • Mike J

    Inability of the DEs to get clear at all was very disappointing. I may have mentioned, though,that Jovan Haye seems to have been solved by opposing O-line coaches since about 2/3 thru last season. He is doing well vs. the run, but the Bucs dont need two nose tackles. In this scheme, the under tackle is key to getting consistent pressure; he must penetrate, & also have the speed/quickness to get outside on stunts.The  club needs to experiment more personnel-wise at this spot, esp. on passing downs.