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LA Chargers: Shaq Barrett and the 5 keys to beating the Buccaneers

TAMPA, FLORIDA - SEPTEMBER 20: Shaquil Barrett #58 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers chases Teddy Bridgewater #5 of the Carolina Panthers during the second half at Raymond James Stadium on September 20, 2020 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
TAMPA, FLORIDA - SEPTEMBER 20: Shaquil Barrett #58 of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers chases Teddy Bridgewater #5 of the Carolina Panthers during the second half at Raymond James Stadium on September 20, 2020 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
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(Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images) – LA Chargers
(Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images) – LA Chargers

2. Bring the heat on Tom Brady more often

Gus Bradley’s scheme is conservative with using the blitz. Unlike most fans, I don’t think that’s an inherently bad thing. However, there are quite a few reasons to increase blitz usage in this game.

For one, Brady will kill an opposing defense in a significantly uglier way than Teddy Bridgewater did if they give him time to throw. It would be a dissection, especially considering the current secondary injuries for the Chargers.

Secondly, the Buccaneers will be missing quite a few weapons in this game. Chris Godwin and Leonard Fournette are both out. Scotty Miller, Tampa Bay’s leading receiver, may also be out. In terms of receiving threats to be concerned about, it would really just be Mike Evans, Justin Watson, Ronald Jones, and O.J. Howard at that point.

Evans has lacked consistency this season. In Week 2 he racked up 104 yards against the Panthers. In Weeks 1 and 3, he combined for four yards. Yep, that’s a real stat. The reply to this might be that Evans has always been somewhat inconsistent in terms of overall production from game to game, but it’s pretty clear that he still needs time to develop a relationship with Brady.

With weakened Tampa Bay weapons, it makes all the sense in the world to increase blitzes to fluster Brady. Another reason it would make sense to utilize the blitz is the losses of Justin Jones and Melvin Ingram for this game. The Chargers should manufacture pressure however they can.

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