Sacks have been an issue plaguing the Buccaneers for a few years. In 2017 the Mike Smith’s Buccaneer defense finished the season with just 22 total sacks. After hiring defensive lines coach Brentson Buckner prior to the 2018 season and the trade of defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul the Buccaneers plowed through to 38 sacks total with the newly traded Pierre-Paul breaking the double-digit sack drought and finishing the season with 12.5 sacks on the year. Pierre-Paul was highly celebrated for this feat, as well. Amazing right? What if I told you his numbers just might be eclipsed before the halfway mark of the season? Enter Shaquil Barrett.
Thus far, Barrett has earned 8 sacks in 3 games. ESPN’s Jenna Laine wrote an article talking about the outstanding job Barrett has done in the season. The 8 sack total in 3 game total ties the record of former Jets defensive end Mark Gastineau in his 1984 season. He’s showing an incredible amount of upside for a man whose name didn’t really fill anyone with confidence. We’re fortunate to have him in Tampa and he’s more than earned his spot with the Bucs.