Scrambling On OL In 2012 May Help 2013June 16th, 2013
Joe has written this several times before; the job Bucs offensive line coach Bob Bostad did last year when his offensive line was pilloried by injuries and shuffled like a deck of cards trying to place backups in a proper position was stunning.
First, Davin Joseph went down. Then Jeremy Trueblood was benched. Then Carl Nicks had a toe injury. Most offenses would have folded down three starters.
That didn’t happen because Bostad is that good and was able to plug leaks as best he could, though towards the end of the season, it became apparent those injuries/demotions/guys playing out of position caught up with the team.
Aside from Bryan Cox, no Bucs assistant did a better job.
Last week when Bucs assistants had a media day of sorts, Joe asked Bostad, who came from the University of Wisconsin, what the biggest adjustment was coming from college to the NFL.
“Depth,” Bostad quickly quipped.
It makes sense. At Wisconsin, Bostad could load up with recruits up front. If someone went down, it’s likely a four- or five-star underclassman was ready to take over.
Not too many top shelf players are sitting on the bench in the NFL.
While last year was trying for Bostad and his players, he believes the trials of last year will pay off this season, with better depth, so he told the pride of Northwestern, intrepid Scott Smith of Buccaneers.com.
“Hopefully with those reps we dumped into them, they’re going to be able to either be there for us right off the bat or step into that same situation that happened,” said Bostad. “It was a really good investment. Last year was a good investment that way.”
It all makes sense. A lot of players who were not expected to play many snaps logged quite a few games. Players don’t often get better just watching tape.
With the addition of one of Bostad’s prized pupils, Gabe Carimi, the Bucs offensive line this season, barring injuries, should be strong as ever.