Tuesday, September 3, 2013
How Darrelle Revis will help the pass rush
By Pat Yasinskas
We’ve talked a lot already about Tampa Bay’s pass rush (or lack of one in the preseason).
The Bucs clearly expect big things from defensive ends Adrian Clayborn and Da’Quan Bowers, but there’s something else that’s been overlooked too often. That’s how the arrival of cornerback Darrelle Revis will help the pass rush.
Revis has the ability to shut down one side of the field. In theory, that should allow the Bucs the opportunity to bring extra pass rushers. That’s something that worked quite well for the New York Jets when they had Revis.
From 2008 through 2012, the Jets brought five or more pass rushers on 40 percent of dropbacks by opponents, according to ESPN Stats & Information. That figure ranked third in the NFL. The Jets held opponents to a 55-percent completion rate, which ranked No. 1 in the league, and an average of 6.4 yards per attempt which ranked second in the league.
Outside linebacker Lavonte David and strong safety Mark Barron are the two guys I would expect to be used most often as blitzers.