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Josh Johnson overwhelmed

After another unsuccessful drive, Tampa Bay quarterback Josh Johnson walked over to the sideline and asked his coaches for some advice. Johnson, making his second career start, had anticipated a heavy Eagles pass rush. But nothing like this. Not nearly every play.

After another unsuccessful drive, Tampa Bay quarterback Josh Johnson walked over to the sideline and asked his coaches for some advice. Johnson, making his second career start, had anticipated a heavy Eagles pass rush. But nothing like this. Not nearly every play.

The Buccaneers' coaches didn't have much of an answer.

"They said they've never seen it happen before, where a team just constantly brings everyone," Johnson said.

Neither had Sheldon Brown.

"This is by far the most we've ever blitzed since I've been here," said Brown, the Eagles' cornerback in his eighth season. "By far."

The plan worked in the Eagles' 33-14 victory. Johnson was rarely settled in the pocket. The Eagles made three interceptions - two after the Bucs moved inside the Eagles' 20-yard line. His pass attempts (50) almost equaled his passer rating (53.8).

And it didn't help that Michael Clayton dropped four balls and Antonio Bryant dropped a few others. With a rookie quarterback perpetually in scramble mode, those kinds of mistakes made Johnson's day even longer.

"It's our job to come up and make plays," Clayton said. "The Eagles blitzed every play. You can't ask much of the kid. We're not asking him to go out and be Donovan McNabb. We're just asking him to go out and do what he's capable of doing. The rest is on us. I didn't show up today."

Clayton said once the Bucs trailed by 21-7, the hole was deep enough. The Eagles didn't have to worry about a run game. (Tampa Bay rushed 22 times for 85 yards.) They controlled the game at that point and could really pressure Johnson with no worries.

The constant pressure caused chaos on the Tampa Bay offensive line, coach Raheem Morris said. When Johnson was making changes to the protection at the line of scrimmage, there was often miscommunication.

"We have to be locked in," Morris said. "We can't get distracted by the noise and the environment or what's going on. There's no excuses in this league."

Johnson, a fifth-round pick in 2008 out of San Diego, entered training camp as Tampa Bay's fourth-string quarterback. He said the Eagles' defense offers a wrinkle that no one else does.

"Their blitz package is a lot different than a lot of teams," Johnson said. "They have a defensive line that is very athletic, so that allows them to do a lot more things on the line. Their ends can drop into coverage. So they can bring different blitzes, more defensive backs."

It was executed almost to perfection. Brown said there probably came a time when Johnson wondered whether the Eagles could actually call another blitz after so many.

And they did just that.

"I don't think we called a regular defense," Brown said. "It was that bad."

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