Each week, I’ll take a close look at the Bucs’ distribution of offense and defense, assessing what we can learn from who plays the most and who plays the least on game day.
Here’s a table to see which Bucs played the most – and the least – on the team Lost 9-0 to Saints in Week 15.
Number of times Snap attacked Bucs
Losing Mike Evans and Chris Godwin against one of the best defenses in the NFL will never be ideal. Bucs flagship receivers didn’t last long, broadcasting only 17 and 16 snaps, respectively. Tyler Johnson jumped to a 70 career high snaps with the Bucs dropping four of their top five receivers. As the only other wide-range recordings, Scotty Miller and Jaelon Darden aren’t too far behind.
Instead of increasing their use of tight ends, Bucs actually relies on them less. Cam Brate played less than him last week, while OJ Howard only managed 10 reps. In a game where the Bucs only had three wide passes, Howard still had only 10 chances. Let it sink in.
With Leonard Fournette playing injured and eventually sidelined with injury, Ronald Jones played 22 times. That’s the second-highest snap total for Jones all season and the most since Week 2. Of course, it takes injuries to Leonard Fournette and Giovani Bernard for that to happen. Ke’Shawn Vaughn saw 19 top tackles of the season, most of which were a disaster.
The Bucs have only played five defensive defenders in this game, which is all they have left at this point. In the nickel pack, Pierre Desir enters the game, moving Sean Murphy-Bunting to the empty spot. Tampa Bay played basic defense with five defensive midfielders on the field for most of the game.
Lavonte David has had to leave the field because of a leg injury, with 5 games remaining. Kevin Minter was in on those moments and will do the same next week if David is out of action.
In other developments, the defense did not change much. Will Gholston has seen a rapid increase compared to his recent workload, but that was to be expected with the Saints offensive staff. Shaq Barrett led the wingers in a split second with 43, but played only 70% of the defensive saves. With the Bucs regularly playing defense in the base, Steve McLendon also earns 18 times.
It remains a complete mystery why the Bucs coaching staff continued to play Jason Pierre-Paul. He looks totally cooked out there, can’t even move at NFL speed. Pierre-Paul’s shoulder injury seems to have completely affected the physicality that made him such a powerful player in the past.
Meanwhile, one of the Bucs’ best defensive players in this game, Joe Tryon-Shoyinka, only got 26 snaps. The fact that the JTS has less rep than Pierre-Paul is not a mistake on the part of the coach at this point. They’re not even in the same realm of existence as football players right now. We have double-digit games Pierre-Paul clearly can’t compete with, while Tryon-Shoyinka is a horror. There are no safeguards for that personnel decision.
https://www.pewterreport.com/week-15-snap-count-analysis-bucs-vs-saints/ Week 15 Hits Analysis: Bucs vs Saints