“We Were Not Going To Get Punked Out.”November 6th, 2012
As Joe wrote yesterday, and will write about in more detail later today, Bucs offensive line coach Bob Bostad shouldn’t have to buy a drink or a dinner the rest of the football season given the job he has done with the Bucs.
Joe cannot remember, this side of Pittsburgh, an NFL team whose offensive line has been ravaged by injuries to star personnel, only to have the NFL equivalent of chewing gum and duct tape repair the holes and still shut down a talented opponent.
But that was the case Sunday when the Bucs offensive line all but shut down a talented foe like the Raiders, allowing Doug Martin to go all Gayle Sayers.
Apparently, it wasn’t just Bostad’s magic touch, but a mindset the Bucs line. They were going into the game with a street fight mentality that apparently paid off, so Demar Dotson said yesterday afternoon at One Buc Palace.
“It is the NFL; next man up,” Dotson said. “You are going to have to play different positions and when your number is up you are going to do what is the best for the team. That’s why Jeremy Zuttah is so unselfish in going from center to left guard. He didn’t even complain about it. He just went out there and locked down [Raiders defensive tackle Richard] Seymour. That’s what kind of player he is.
“I think after the first couple of series we started to get comfortable. We started to get together as a unit. We knew we were going to go out there and fight. [The Raiders] have a good front seven, especially a good front four. We knew it was going to be a dogfight from start to finish and we knew we were not going to get punked out. We were there to fight all day.”
Hearing this got Joe fired up. That type of mentality is exactly what the New Schiano Order is all about.
And Dotson is right. After a less than stellar start, the line started to own the line of scrimmage.