The Value Of Carl NicksFebruary 11th, 2013
One could make an argument that the signing of All-Pro guard Carl Nicks by Bucs rock star general manager Mark Dominik was just as good as signing Vincent Jackson. Nicks not only solidified the Bucs’ offensive line, the roadgrader proved to be able to clear paths for running back Doug Martin.
Until Nicks went down with an ugly toe injury (Joe saw that toe, and it was gross, twice the size of his normal toe and red as a cherry, Joe cannot believe Nicks played a handful of games on it), he was stout.
Now Joe has gone on record saying front seven coach Bryan Cox and offensive line coach Bob Bostad did the best jobs for head coach Greg Schiano last year. Bostad juggled an offensive line crippled by injuries and still got good production out of backups and guys playing in new positions.
But hold up, says the Custodian of Canton, eye-RAH! Kaufman of the Tampa Tribune. He crunched numbers and came to the conclusion the Bucs sorely missed Nicks and his sore toe.
@IKaufmanTBO: The Bucs averaged 26.3 points in the 7 games started by G Carl Nicks and 22.8 PPG after he was sidelined with a toe injury. Big difference.
This happened, in part, because right guard Jamon Meredith got worked over and right tackle Demar Dotson was, at times, shaky run blocking.
Yes, with a healthy Davin Joseph, Nicks, Jeremy Zuttah playing in his normal center position, and perhaps a middling free agent or high draft pick at right tackle, the Bucs could have a dominating front wall.