Schiano: Don't fall for Lions' sack total
TAMPA -- Detroit has just 16 sacks in 10 games this season, the third-lowest total in the NFL, but Bucs coach Greg Schiano said it's a mistake to underestimate the Lions' ability to disrupt games with their defensive pressure.
"The sack statistic is very misleading," Schiano said Friday as his team wrapped up preparations for Sunday's road game. "You're right, they don't have a huge number of sacks, (but) what they do have is a huge number of hurries, hits, altered throws. They are harassing the quarterback, they just haven't gotten a ton of sacks."
Defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh leads the team with 4.5 sacks, but rookie end Ezekiel "Ziggy" Ansah has impressed Schiano and is tied for second in the NFL among rookies with three sacks.
"Ezekiel is a really good player though," Schiano said. "You watch him, we watched him in college, we met with him, visited with him, I thought he was a really fine player coming out of BYU, and he's proven that he is."
On the other side of the ball, Detroit has allowed an NFL-low 12 sacks this season -- half as many as the Bucs -- so Tampa Bay's pass rush will have to work that much harder to get to QB Matt Stafford.