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Bucs Front Four To Face Stiffer Challenge Thursday Night

by Roland Johnson on August 17, 2011

Lost amidst the drubbing of the Kansas City Chiefs  is the the tiny little fact that the Bucs managed to get pressure 77% of the time, the Chiefs quarterbacks dropped back to pass. In fact the Chiefs tried to pass a total of 22 times (counting sacks and pass attempts) and the young Buccaneers defense managed to get a total of 17 pressures (6 sacks, 8 hurries and 3 quarterback hits) an astounding rate of one pressure every 1.29 attempts by Chiefs quarterbacks.

The defense gave up 68-passing yards on 8 of 22 attempts good for a completion percentage of 36%. All of this was done with defensive tackle Gerald McCoy and cornerback Aqib Talib in street clothes. They also held the number one rushing team from 2010 to just 86 yards rushing on 24 carries good for a 3.58 yards per carry average against.

The early returns on general manager Mark Dominik and head coach Raheem Morris‘ decision to hire Keith Millard and Grady Stretz to teach the art of pass rushing and the importance of proper technique to a bunch of raw , but yet talented players in Gerald McCoy, Brian Price, Kyle Moore, Roy Miller, Adrian Clayborn, Da’Quan Bowers, Michael Bennett thus far has had a profound impact out of the gate.

Thursday night is sure to be  a stiffer challenge for the Bucs defense as the New England Patriots offensive line kept rookie Ryan Mallett and third year quarterback Brian Hoyer clean and allowed zero sacks as the duo of Mallett and Hoyer completed 27 of 40 attempts for 335 yards and 2 touchdowns as Tom Brady watched from the sidelines.

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