Mess On Right Side Messes With Left Side

October 11th, 2012

Joe had an interesting chat yesterday with Bucs stud left guard Carl Nicks. It seems that the musical chairs on the right side of the Bucs offensive line has had a ripple effect on the entire Bucs offensive line.

It’s fair to call the shell game of players going in and out of the starting lineup on the right side of the line a mess.

First Ted Larsen replaced Davin Joseph and then starting right tackle Jeremy Trueblood was replaced by Demar Dotson. Now, it seems Trueblood very well could replace Larsen. Yes, that Jeremy Trueblood who hasn’t played one snap at guard since he graduated high school. In a handful of days he’s supposed to be able to play guard in the NFL?

But all of this inconsistency on the right side is messing with the left side, Nicks explained to Joe. Now let Joe be clear, Nicks was not searching for any excuses. He was just being real with Joe, which Joe appreciates.

“To be honest, I try not to let it affect me, but it is in the back of my head,” Nicks said of the rotating starters on the right side. “It can’t really be a priority [for Nicks] when you have to go out and block. We all have to be on the same page. I trust the coaches.”

Nicks went on to say that an offensive line has to play as one, almost like a dance troup or an orchestra. If one guy — Nicks was quick to point out it could even be him — wasn’t in line with the rest of the line, bad things happen.

“It’s about continuity,” Nicks said. “You need to be on the same page. If one guy isn’t that could mess up the whole line. Not saying one guy will be, but you need to play games together to build up that trust and belief, to know how guys block in certain techniques.”

While Nicks admitted the rotating starters is a concern, he does his best to block it out because his No. 1 job is to block the guy on the other side of the ball from him.

“It sounds real basic, you just have to do your job,” Nicks said. “You can’t worry about the the next position or who is playing what or flip-flopping.”

Nicks even had a radical idea when it comes to the offensive line. Nicks thinks that offensive lineman should be interchangeable not unlike other positions.

“I really am a firm believer in, why can’t we [offensive linemen] rotate like receivers and running backs?” Nick said. “I’m with that.”

So too seems to be Greg Schiano, who all but admitted Wednesday he’s trying to find the most talented five guys to put on the line. If that means a tackle should be playing guard, so be it.

14 Responses to “Mess On Right Side Messes With Left Side”

  1. bob Says:

    its not that hard just get in peoples way with out grabing them or moving before snap, earn your pay , give josh time and whoevers some running room.

  2. teacherman777 Says:

    Trueblood is a very solid run blocker.

    He plays with intensity.

    I would be happy to see him blow some people off the ball.

    And if Demar is quicker, then great, have him play RT where Trueblood was sometimes too slow.

    But no one has ever conplained about Jeremy’s run-blocking.

    So this could be a great upgrade for us.

  3. Gaba Says:

    -Joe ***can u find a link for a video when we knocked out romo in week3 ??

  4. Buc Fan #237 Says:

    Chiefs are gonna get beat down like Paul Ryan is laying into Joe Biden.

    Go Bucs.

  5. Colin Says:

    Wasn’t Trueblood a scratch because other players were more versatile?

  6. SullivansLostPlaybook Says:

    [email protected] ryan, guess we are 1-4

  7. Miguel El Magnifico Says:

    I am totally impressed with Carl Nicks, a human armoire who is well versed in Chaos Theory. WTG, Nicks.

    The butterfly effect is a term used in chaos theory to describe how small changes to a seemingly unrelated thing or condition (also known as an initial condition) can affect large, complex systems. The term comes from the suggestion that the flapping of a butterfly’s wings in South America could affect the weather in Texas, meaning that the tiniest influence on one part of a system can have a huge effect on another part. Taken more broadly, the butterfly effect is a way of describing how, unless all factors can be accounted for, large systems like the weather remain impossible to predict with total accuracy because there are too many unknown variables to track.

    A more rudimentary approach to chaos theory is the dreaded and unnecessary 110X16 gauntlets that keep biting them in the ass every week.

    How butch is that? Que es mas macho?

  8. The Dutcher Journal (Pete Dutcher) Says:

    Buc Fan #237 Says:
    October 11th, 2012 at 9:28 pm

    Chiefs are gonna get beat down like Paul Ryan is laying into Joe Biden.

    Go Bucs.


    Was that a joke? Because it was very clear that Ryan blew it tonight. Biden scored 59% approval. Romney won the last one, but Ryan lost tonight.

  9. BigMacAttack Says:

    Pete, for as big of a blowhard as you are, you’re not very bright. If you want to know what the unemployment problem is, ask a businessman, not a politician.

    I tend to agree with Carl and at 1-3 with no Davin you need to look at options.

  10. SteveK Says:

    I’ll pass on a Botox Billionaire calling the shots.

    Not a fan of flip floppers.

    Mitt is better suited to sit at home, alone, counting his money.

  11. dan Says:

    hahahaha at ya’ll acting like either politician is any different where it matters. they are two different packages of the same policies.

  12. sandbagrudy Says:

    what about football no one is going to help the economy for any of you barista’s anyhow you’d better be worried about the Glasers moving across the pond!!!!

  13. Architek Says:

    Can we not discuss politics on a football (MAN BLOG)….

  14. fridgebob Says:


    WTG copy+pasting from