The Buccaneers pass rush wasn’t all that effective going into last Thursday night’s game in Atlanta – just three sacks in two games – but then by taking Gerald McCoy and Michael Johnson out of the equation due to injury, pressuring the Falcons Matt Ryan became an even more difficult task. The Buccaneers managed just one sack in the game and Ryan was able to pick apart Tampa Bay’s secondary with ease.
Johnson, who signed with the Buccaneers the day free agency opened last March, was available during the team’s open locker room session on Monday, and talked about his health and the disappointment of not being able to contribute much so far this season.
“It’s getting better, (and I’m) looking forward to getting back out there and getting back going,” Johnson said.
“(It’s been) very frustrating, but all you can do is continue to try and do your best and comeback and be ready to help this team to victory. We’re going through that process right now, getting better, improving. Just looking forward to getting back out there with my guys. We’ll see what I can do today and as the week goes on, we’ll see how it goes.”
Johnson went onto talk about trying to develop chemistry with the defensive line to be more effective in getting after the quarterback.
We just have to continue to work,” Johnson said. “It’s going to be growing pains whenever you put a bunch of new pieces together. We just have to continue to work and get better and it’s going to pay off. Lovie said the other day, three days in, we have a long season, everyone has to stay positive and Keep believing, keep trusting they system and the guys around you and know that with the work we’re putting it’s going to turn in our favor.
“It’s got to be even more chemistry with what we do here. Like you know there’s not a lot of blitzing so we have to generate it ourselves and that come with just continuing to work and learn each other and get better each week. You’ll see. We’ll get this thing rolling and it will be like clockwork. I’m excited to get to that point, but it’s a process.”
While being embarrassed on national television going into Thursday night’s game in Atlanta, Johnson said the team has to forget the nightmare 56-14 outcome.
“Got to move forward, can’t change yesterday,” Johnson said. “We were in two close games that could have gone either way and we were on the wrong end of it. We do continue to go out and work and keep believing because this thing can go either way depending on what your mindset is, so we have to stay upbeat and positive and just continue to work, because it’s going to turn. It’s going to turn in our favor. We just have to stay mentally tough, continue to work and stay positive. Things will go in our favor. I’ve seen it happen, so I’m not worried.”
Mark Cook currently is the director of editorial content and Bucs beat writer and has written for PewterReport.com since 2011. Cook has followed the Buccaneers since 1977 when he first began watching football with his Dad and is fond of the 1979 Bucs team that came within 10 points of going to a Super Bowl. His favorite Bucs game is still the 1979 divisional playoff win 24-17 over the Eagles. In his spare time Cook enjoys playing guitar, fishing, surfing and family time at the beach. In addition, Cook can be found in front of a television or in Doak Campbell any time the FSU Seminoles are playing. Cook is a native of Pinecrest in Eastern Hillsborough County and has written for numerous publications including the Tampa Tribune, In the Field and Ya'll Magazine. Cook can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
I just heard we are working out Terrelle Pryor QB from ohio state. I pray to god we sign him. He’s scary athletic
No question we have to get better. Go Bucs!
Think Johnson believes what he is saying? At this point the team and us fans need something positive to get the taste of apathy out of our mouths.
So Tedford is taking a leave of absence from the team. Although very unfortunate it looks like this hire is almost as bad as when Raheem hired Jagz and he never coaches a snap. This offense needs the person responsible for this offense calling the shots not conservative Lovie or Tedfords apprentice in Arroyo. This offense lacks originality and doesnt get the ball in playmakers hands enough and I doubt losing Tedford helps this process. This is looking more and more like a completely lost year with us not even being able to work on the offense bc its architect is out. Im officially on Marcus Mariotta watch bc this team is done.
Chemistry can’t happen without effort! Did anyone else watch Michael Johnson during the Atlanta game. Several times he just stood up at the snap. No rush period! The offensive tackle didn’t even need to block him. Where is the accountability????
@vinnie yes I saw Johnson loafing in the ATL game. I also saw the same thing in the Carolina game. I have seen DE’s take plays off but this guy looks like he has taken the entire year off.
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