Mike Glennon was sacked five times, getting hit 15 times altogether last Sunday. On the other side of the ball, Joe Flacco remained completely untouched through the three-and-a-half quarters he started during his dominant performance. Overall, there was an overwhelming disparity in all phases of the game and the pass rush was no exception.
On Tuesday, de facto offensive coordinator Marcus Arroyo spoke to members of the media and addressed the Ravens’ success getting to the quarterback.
“One, I think they’re good,” Arroyo said. “Let’s not get past the fact that they have a good defense. Elvis Dumervil and [Terrell] Suggs [are good], and [Haloti] Ngata is a very good player up front. Our offensive line did a good job up until last week. [The Ravens] got a lot of pressure. They just got some guys on us to get some push. I think a lot of it was good players and we have to do a good job of trying to protect our guys and mixing in more seven-man protections and maybe that helps.”
Glennon started the game 2-of-10 passing for just 25 yards. The Buccaneers rarely incorporated quicker passes to adjust to the pressure. A major reason for that was playing a 3-4 defense, which presents challenges in the short passing game.
“You can’t throw a quick game in here and there,” Arroyo said. “They’re a good screen team because they’re good at retracting. They have stand up ends at the line of scrimmage. Schematically, and I won’t get into too much detail, but certain teams are better to throw screens against than others. You have to find ways to put the ball in space a little bit. We’ll look into all of those things.”
The underlying reason, however, for the Bucs urgency to take risky shots downfield during the first half could be attributed to the deficit. Arroyo acknowledged faults in the offensive game plan, but when a team is playing from a 28-point deficit, it’s hard to control the tempo with long drives.
“Could we have been better in the screen game?” Arroyo said. “Can you throw more quicks? Yeah, you probably could throw more quicks just to chuck it and get a few more [plays]. Hindsight is 20/20 when you’re trying to throw that fast. But I’m thinking 30 points in a quarter. You’re trying [to score], that’s what you have to do. You have to think that way. It’s tough. You have to manage that.”
Zach is entering his 3rd year covering the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as a writer for PewterReport.com. Since 2014, he's handled a large part of the beat reporting responsibilities at PR, attending all media gatherings and publishing and promoting content daily. Zach is a native of Sarasota, FL, and a graduate of the University of Tampa. He has also covered high school football for the Tampa Tribune and the NFL for Pro Player Insiders.
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