No Greater Disappointment Than O-LineDecember 16th, 2013
Last year at this time, offensive line coach Bob Bostad was a miracle worker, leading a group that was blowing open holes with four of five linemen in positions where they didn’t start the 2012 season.
Now, it seems, Bostad is captain of the Bucs’ fastest sinking ship.
This year’s Bucs offensive line was supposed to be magical. Aside from being one of the highest paid lines in the NFL, the group had plenty of talent. Even NFL Network rated them as the 5th-best O-line entering the season. But again yesterday, the Bucs couldn’t run the ball.
Yes, the Bucs have stalled the past month against some of the best and most physical front-7s in the NFL — Carolina, San Francisco, and Detroit. However, keep in mind Carolina, Detroit and San Francisco all average allowing at least 3.9 yards per carry. The Bucs averaged 2.2 yards per carry in those recent games. That’s no coincidence, and it’s downright horrendous. Outside of one breakout run against Buffalo, the numbers weren’t pretty for the Bucs in that game, either.
Remember, Doug Martin got nothing going early this season before the Bucs had a pocket off success in the run game prior to the recent swoon.
You can’t do that and be a competitive team unless you have an elite quarterback. The Bucs’ entire offense is built on running the football and they can’t do it. Greg Schiano had no answers yesterday.
Joe wrote yesterday about how Davin Joseph is playing now for his Bucs career, especially considering he’s due $6 million next season and has performed poorly. Donald Penn and Carl Nicks are also due massive, non-guaranteed cash in 2014.
The Bucs have extraordinary decisions to make on the direction of the franchise this offseason. Unfortunately, those big calls come at quarterback, O-line and defensive end — arguably the three most important positions on the field.