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Da’Quan Bowers: Anything less than 10 sacks is a failure

Da'Quan Bowers AP

In Wednesday’s one-liners, we shared a quote from Buccaneers defensive end Da’Quan Bowers about the late Deacon Jones.

Bowers called Jones the reason defensive ends “do what we do” and Jones, who never liked seeing a quarterback standing upright, would probably be pleased to hear about the goals Bowers is setting for the 2013 season. Bowers knows that the Bucs are looking to him to provide a consistent pass rush despite picking up just 4.5 sacks in his first two seasons and Bowers is shooting to pay back that trust with a big season.

“I’m looking to be dominant,” Bowers said, via Martin Fennelly of the Tampa Tribune. “I take the responsibility for that. Anything less than double-digit sacks is a failure for the season. … I think the way Coach [Greg] Schiano has the scheme set up, and my capabilities, and having Gerald [McCoy] draw all the attention, it could be a whole lot easier to get double-digits sacks. You just have to work as a unit and not have individual rush planes, just work as a combined unit.”

There’s no Deacon Jones on the Bucs defense or anything particularly close, but the Bucs are gambling that Bowers and Adrian Clayborn can give their defense a dimension in lacked in 2012. That means Bowers’ ability to avoid self-defined failure will have a lot to do with whether the Bucs’ season is branded as a failure.

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13 Responses to “Da’Quan Bowers: Anything less than 10 sacks is a failure”
  1. gopackgo1285 says: Jun 5, 2013 10:02 AM

    Haven’t forbid his goal was “Anything less than 10 WINS is a failure.”

    Sick of all these me, me, me type players.

  2. jeagan1999 says: Jun 5, 2013 10:03 AM

    Bowers has got tons of natural ability…I think he had 15-16 sacks his last year in college… But staying healthy has been his challenge. If he can put it all together this year, the Bucs can end up putting a lot of pressure on opposing QB’s! Then that new secondary of Revis, Gohldson, Barron, Wright and Banks can pounce on all those off target throws!

  3. bucrightoff says: Jun 5, 2013 10:04 AM

    Like that he’s setting high goals for himself. And if he does get over 10 sacks the Bucs defense could be fierce next season.

  4. outdatedreferencesgalore says: Jun 5, 2013 10:05 AM

    This guy reminds me of Greg Oden. Seriously talented, touted by recruiting analysts, performed up to expectations in college, and ended college with serious leg/knee issues. The only difference is that NFL teams, unlike NBA teams, are never 1 dominant player away from being a perennial playoff contender (QB position excluded), so no team risked a first round pick on him. Now the guy gets an opportunity to make noise in the league without the burden of being a first round pick (whereas Oden probably pushed himself back to early and now has no career).

    On the flipside, Andrew Bynum is going to get paid this offseason despite not playing all year, with no promise of every being back on the court (guaranteed contracts, good job NBAPA), whereas a NFL player in his position would be hurting to find a decent 1-year deal to prove himself.

  5. tiggerblood says: Jun 5, 2013 10:11 AM

    Lofty goals by a nobody…….. Good for him.

  6. 6ball says: Jun 5, 2013 10:37 AM

    .

    The Bucs roster is probably better than you think.

    They’ve had a year to get acclimated to Schiano and his staff.

    They suffered injuries at key positions early last season. An example of that being the loss of both G’s Nicks and Joseph. They should be stronger upon their return.

    This team has the ability to be competitive in every game.

    .

  7. jaltreality says: Jun 5, 2013 11:14 AM

    “gopackgo1285 says:
    Jun 5, 2013 10:02 AM
    Haven’t forbid his goal was “Anything less than 10 WINS is a failure.”

    Sick of all these me, me, me type players.”

    Right, because him getting sacks isn’t going to help get those wins. If you were one of the best in the world at anything, you’d find that setting such goals is the way you’d drive yourself to get better, do better. There is nothing wrong whatsoever with his quote, but there just seem to be some fans that somehow hate those who play the sport they love.

    And this is coming from a fan of a NFC South rival.

  8. thesteelers says: Jun 5, 2013 11:32 AM

    Then he will be a failure.

  9. gopackgo1285 says: Jun 5, 2013 11:47 AM

    “Right, because him getting sacks isn’t going to help get those wins. If you were one of the best in the world at anything, you’d find that setting such goals is the way you’d drive yourself to get better, do better. There is nothing wrong whatsoever with his quote, but there just seem to be some fans that somehow hate those who play the sport they love.

    And this is coming from a fan of a NFC South rival.”

    I completely agree, but do you not agree that more times than not, players bring up their stats more than their team’s wins?

    When it comes down to it, what’s more important?

    You can have stats for days like Calvin Johnson and Jamaal Charles and Chris Johnson, but what does it matter if your team is still sitting in the basement?

  10. tpa43 says: Jun 5, 2013 12:42 PM

    I hope try can beat more than one team with a winning recipe this year! Last year’s schedule was pretty soft compared to this year, so it won’t be easy lost Winslow, Blount, Talib and for some reason brought back that terrible CB from the Lions. Lots of injured players and confidence issues from the Glazers on Josh Freeman. I guess we will have to wait and see. I think ESPN ha them raked 19th or 20th now after the Revis trade? Guess an injured Revis is better then what they had.

  11. thememyselfandiguy says: Jun 5, 2013 2:38 PM

    gopackgo1285 | Jun 5, 2013, 10:02 ‘ EDT
    Haven’t forbid his goal was “Anything less than 10 WINS is a failure.”

    Sick of all these me, me, me type players.
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    wow really?
    The 10 sack season goal for him was set by coach Schiano not himself!!!!!!!
    Get your facts right before you judge somebody!!!!

  12. gopackgo1285 says: Jun 5, 2013 3:10 PM

    “wow really?
    The 10 sack season goal for him was set by coach Schiano not himself!!!!!!!
    Get your facts right before you judge somebody!!!!”

    Okay? Even worse. Why is the head coach so worried about his sack number? Sacks don’t tell the true story anyway. If he’s dominant enough, he may be more effective getting less sacks by drawing 2 and 3 blockers, therefore opening up other pass rushers for an open lane to the QB.

  13. northstarnic says: Jun 5, 2013 3:39 PM

    What was that guys name that used to play for the Vikings? He was a DE opposite Jared Allen… Went to Atlanta. Guaranteed he would set the sack record. No longer in football. Dang! Can’t remember his name. Anyway, this guy reminds me of him.

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