X-Factor: Tom CrabtreeNovember 21st, 2013
Joe’s been searching for answers as to what transformed the Bucs’ offensive line over the past three games.
Could it simply be the addition of left guard Jamon Meredith into the starting lineup? Possibly. But now Joe’s going throw in the X-factor of the Bucs getting back their blocking tight end, Tom Crabtree.
Crabtree (coincidentally?) really emerged healthy in Seattle three weeks ago and has played about 50 snaps a game since.
Joe talked to Crabtree at length today and he dismisses his return as a major factor. Crabtree said consistency “as far as technique and communication as a line and tight ends” has been the difference, along with the magical, hard-to-pin-down reason of “clicking.”
Crabtree also offered another point well taken. Mike Glennon coming out firing against Seattle and becoming a respected diverse threat since is a difference-maker. “That doesn’t do anything but help your running game right there,” Crabtree said.
(Joe will have more on Crabtree later tonight.)