Dixie Chicks’ O-Line Woes May Help BucsSeptember 22nd, 2011
It has been well-documented that the Bucs have come out of the starting gate slower than molasses in the first two weeks of the NFL season.
Joe has also documented that this must not continue if the Bucs plan on playing in mid-January.
Sunday, the Bucs have their best chance to get rolling defensively because it seems the Dixie Chicks offensive line has not been exactly rock solid this season.
Per Orlando Ledbetter, of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the Dixie Chicks offensive line has been positively porous so far, giving up nine sacks and 17 hits on Matty Ice.
“We’ve been sweating ourselves and we don’t want to get him hit either,” said Sam Baker. “We really have to pull it together and really firm it up so that he can make plays.”
Last season, the line gave up just 23 sacks and the offensive line was a finalist for the Madden most valuable protectors award, which goes to the NFL’s best offensive line.
Though center Todd McClure may return, this is the Bucs’ best chance to start fast, instead of sleepwalking through the game’s first 30 minutes.
If the Bucs can get a jump on the Dixie Chicks, then it’s time to feed the ball to LeGarrette Blount time and again.