Through five games this season, the Bucs pass rush has been a mild disappointment. The team managed three sacks on Sunday, but missed a plethora of other chances. Several times Bucs defenders had Dolphins QB Jacoby Brissett dead-to-rights in the pocket, yet couldn’t finish the play. After the game, head coach Bruce Arians half-jokingly expressed his frustration.

“I told our pass rush they need to get in the weight room,” Arians said, chuckling. “Shit, they had [Jacoby Brissett] wrapped up about five times and couldn’t get him on the ground. Jacoby’s strong. We harassed him, but we need to get those sacks and finish those things.”

Bucs OLB Shaquil Barrett

Bucs OLB Shaquil Barrett – Photo by: USA Today

Tampa Bay left 4-5 sacks on the table in Week 5, including a few by Jason Pierre-Paul. The veteran played 76 percent of the defensive snaps despite a club on his right hand that made wrapping up difficult. Pierre-Paul is still looking for his first sack of the season entering Week 6. Rookie Joe Tryon-Shoyinka played just 17 snaps in Pierre-Paul’s return from injury.

Brissett has been classically difficult to bring down during his career. Often compared to Ben Roethlisberger for his size and strength in the pocket, Brissett completed several passes after shrugging off or escaping defenders. He kept Miami in the game for awhile, completing 27 of 39 passes for 275 yards and two touchdowns, with one interception.

The Bucs will face a much better offensive line on Thursday night, and a much harder quarterback to corral in the Eagles’ Jalen Hurts. Defensive coordinator Todd Bowles’ pass rush must be better, or Tampa Bay’s secondary will be hung out to dry all night.

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11 days ago

Tsk tsk, Jon, you should know Hurts and Brissett are two different QBs who need to be corralled in two seperte manneres. Brissett is of course more of a stay in the pocket physically strong QB like Ben Rothlesburger and Jameis Winston. Hurts is quicker and more elusive and not as physically strong. Rahter than speeding thier rush up, the Bucs will need to come off the gas a tad and be more disciplined in their rush lanes and packages.

Captain Sly
11 days ago

Here we are nitpicking again, like drneast says Brissett may be a statue back there but he’s extremely difficult to bring down. Hence why Arians chuckled when he made the comments. Jalen Hurts you want to play containment and keep him in the pocket where his efficiency goes way down. But nonetheless we held our opponent to 17 points for second week in a row who cares about stats.

Action Jackson 72
11 days ago

Coach is funny. He’s really good at press conferences.

11 days ago

Gap integrity will be the key on Thursday! Man ur gap and Bucs should win!

Reply to  bucballer
11 days ago

Agreed don’t get over aggressive and stay in your gaps! Only issue is when they do that QB’s will get passes off and secondary needs to cover and tackle. Man they are bad at times. I said offense needs to roll next few games while they get healthy and figure shit out in that secondary. So far looks like they are.

11 days ago

No one wants to be called “too weak” to get the job done. I’m certain this will light a fire under some guys.