Penn 'disappointed' in giving up 3 sacks to Quinn
ST. LOUIS -- Bucs tackle Donald Penn had hoped Sunday would be a day he could point to as a success, neutralizing the NFL's sack leader in Rams defensive end Robert Quinn.
Instead, Quinn finished with three sacks, two in the fourth quarter, and the Rams piled up seven against Bucs quarterback Mike Glennon, frustrating the offensive line tasked with protecting him.
"I'm disappointed. This has been a rough year for me, up and down. I've been fighting and fighting," Penn said. "Today, I really went into this game thinking I would really have a dominant performance. It started off great, three quarters. Then the end was just ... it's tough."
Quinn's first sack was a pivotal one late in the second quarter -- the Bucs, trailing 14-7, had driven to the 9-yard line, only to have Glennon sacked for a 7-yard loss. Then Quinn got to him for a 9-yard sack, setting up third-and-goal at the 25, where the Bucs did well to salvage a field goal before halftime.
The Rams had back-to-back sacks again late in the game, when the Bucs tried to drive needing two scores in obvious passing situations. Quinn got to Glennon on a fourth-and-10 play, and then again on the final play of the game on a third-and-1. Penn said part of the Bucs' problems came when they kept a running back in to "chip" Quinn, actually redirecting him inside toward the quarterback.
"You love to get chip help," Penn said. "I'm not blaming anybody. I've got to figure out a way to do better. (Brian) Leonard's doing his job, doing what's supposed to. Quinn's used to getting chipped all year long. A couple of times he got knocked right into Mike while he was stepping up. I have to find a way to stop that when that does happen. I didn't today."
The Bucs made a rare lineup change on the line during the game, benching guard Jamon Meredith during the second quarter and inserting backup Ted Larsen in his place.
With seven sacks allowed Sunday, the Bucs have given up 21 sacks in the last five games. After allowing no more than three sacks in any of the first 10 games, they've allowed four or more four times in the last five weeks. The Bucs should find themselves in the bottom 10 of the league in sacks allowed by the end of the weekend.
"I know the guys that are trying to protect (Glennon) feel bad too," coach Mike Schiano said. "No one is trying to let that happen. Guys are doing their best, it was just not good enough today."