The Jeremy Trueblood ExperimentOctober 11th, 2012
If you haven’t read Joe on the record about this subject yet, Joe isn’t expecting much of anything at all from Jeremy Trueblood playing right guard.
Trueblood, a right tackle, hasn’t played one snap at guard since he graduated high school. Being thrown in to play guard on football’s highest level in the middle of a season isn’t the ideal time to learn a position one hasn’t played in a decade or so.
Woody Cummings of The Tampa Tribune isn’t as pessimistic as Joe. He took to the WHFS-FM airwaves Wednesday to chat with Booger McFarland and Rich Herrera to discuss all things Bucs, including the Jeremy Trueblood Experiment.
Woody Cummings: The Bucs haven’t committed to it yet, at least they haven’t publicly committed to it yet, but Booger, you know as well as I know that when a guy takes the first snaps at practice on a Wednesday, he is probably going to start on Sunday…
Booger McFarland: …right…
Cummings: … but the Bucs are still saying it could be Ted Larsen over there at right guard, that is what [Greg] Schiano told us today, it could be Jamon Meredith for all we know. It sure looks like they are going to give Jeremy Trueblood a shot. And you know, I’ve got to think if he can make that transition, you say it’s just moving over a step and a half and it should’t be that difficult. But when you have played right tackle your entire life, certainly in the NFL certainly at right tackle, there can be a trick to it, it can be difficult. The thing with Jeremy Trueblood at right tackle, there is no question he is their best run-blocking right tackle. If you put him in at right guard, it just may improve that run game just a little bit. That’s what you want to do with that team, they have made that commitment. I would think this is a good move. I think he is an upgrade on Ted Larsen. He doesn’t have the athleticism that Jeremy Truebood has, he doesn’t have that power. The question is can Trueblood get low enough with his pads, get that pad level low to make an effective jump from right tackle to right guard? I think he can. It will certainly be interesting to watch and with the Buccaneers, try something and this makes sense. You have a pretty decent player there in Jeremy Trueblood and he can run block so why not put him in there if that is what you are trying to do, that is run block?
A reasonable person might ask if the Bucs are desperate — and in Joe’s eyes, to try to pull off an experiment like this in the middle of the season smacks of desperation — why not pull a guard off the street?
Well, this very subject came to light prior to the start of the 2012 season on “Movin’ the Chains,” with co-hosts Pat Kirwan and Tim Ryan, heard exclusively on SiriusXM NFL Radio.
Just hours after the final cuts were made by all NFL teams to get down to a 53-man roster, Kirwan and Ryan discussed who was unemployed that could contribute in a pinch.
Both Kirwan and Ryan felt there were a few defensive linemen who didn’t make the final cut that could make an impact on a team if signed, but as far as offensive linemen, they said there was nobody walking the streets who could start on a moment’s notice and do a credible job. Offensive lines across the NFL were thin as a result.
The fact the Bucs would kick start the Jeremy Trueblood Experiment five games into the season just reinforces Kirwan and Ryan’s belief that a decent offensive lineman cannot be found walking the streets of America in mid-October.