Talk about giving yourself some big shoes to fill.
Da’Quan Bowers proclaimed that if he doesn’t have double-digit sacks, that this season will be a failure for him. He also said he’s looking to be dominant and that Gerald McCoy’s presence should open doors for him.
These are awfully high hopes for a guy who has a career total of just four and a half sacks. Yet, his expectations are not necessarily a bad thing.
Coach Schiano has made it clear that he wants Da’Quan to be an every down guy, and with the return of Adrian Clayborn and the emergence of McCoy, Bowers isn’t wrong that things will be easier on him. After all, even the best defensive ends in the league don’t get it done on their own.
The front four is going to be heavily scrutinized by Tampa Bay media, blogs, and fans alike in 20-13. And this comment from Bowers will add a couple more logs to the already burning flame. Everything is looking up for Buc defensive line. They are getting healthy, they are getting more experienced, and probably the biggest change is they are getting a secondary to play behind them.
Last year the Tampa Bay defense was brutal. However, their ability to stop the run was surprisingly pretty darn good. Because of the drastic difference between run stop and pass defense, it’s been really difficult to judge the line. This year, it won’t be so tough. Either they get to the quarterback or they don’t. Bowers claim that he wants 10 or more sacks has to lead us to believe they all expect to be seeing a lot of opposing quarterbacks on the turf, because they’ll be in the perfect situation to succeed. They can have faith that the guys behind them will get the job done.
I like the fact that he’s come out and put a huge goal in front of himself. I’d put the probability of him reaching the goal in the 5-10% range, and I might even be optimistic with that, but I like seeing the confidence and I like that the goal involves sacks, something this team has dearly missed since Simeon Rice and Warren Sapp left Tampa.
The goal is lofty, but the motive behind it is great. Now all we can do is sit back and hope we’re still talking about this goal as a serious possibility and not as a joke. Bowers had a ton of potential coming out of Clemson, and so he has the skill to live up to this expectation. But do you think he will? Leave your thoughts in the comment section below.