Jeremy Zuttah Smoothly Transitions Mid-GameOctober 16th, 2011
Zuttah’s name was never mentioned by Gene Deckerhoff. And for an offensive lineman, there can be no greater praise.
When Bucs center Jeff Faine went down with a right bicep injury today, Zuttah, who was starting at left guard, made the transition smoothly back to center.
Last year when Faine went down with an injury, Zuttah again stepped in and one could argue the offensive line may have been better. It certainly wasn’t worse.
Zuttah just shrugged off the move in mid-game. Just another day at the office, Zuttah suggested.
“It is what it is,” Zuttah said. “I played way more at center this year in practice than any other position. So it didn’t bother me.”
As for having to flip positions in the middle of a game, Zuttah said, “You have to do what you have to do sometimes, yeah.”
Zuttah didn’t want to talk about himself so much, but rather the win. After getting mugged on the streets of San Francisco last week known better as the Massacre at Candlestick, it was a fantastic bounce-back. To do that against the Saints and in the process, reach a tie for first place was something Zuttah and the rest of his teammates were celebrating.
“It’s nice to get a win over such a good team,” Zuttah said. “This is the Saints and Drew Brees.”
Zuttah gave a lot of credit to the Bucs defense. It was the Bucs defense that forced four turnovers and allowed the offense to not panic. The Bucs’ offense didn’t need to score a touchdown each possession.
“The defense did a great job,” Zuttah said. “We still have to do a better job of scoring points when we get down there. We need to turn some of those three points into seven points. The defense helped us out. We have to help them out too.”