Offensive Line A Simple Solution?December 26th, 2013
Bucs commander Greg Schiano isn’t exactly doing jumping jacks over the play of his offensive line.
Watching Bobby Rainey run time after time after time into a wall Sunday was enough for Joe to jump off the ledge of the Ed Jones dome. Granted, the Rams get paid, too, and they did their job but it wasn’t like there were holes for Rainey to run through.
Schiano detailed woes of the offensive line Monday, as Joe documented, but Schiano also explained the formula to fix them.
“What do you do? You go back to work and you say ‘Okay we got a combination block on that three technique. Let’s go back to the footwork.’ You always teach from the feet up, ‘Let’s start from the feet up, did we take the proper step?’ No? Well then you really don’t have to talk about the rest of it, because if you don’t take the right step, you’re not going to have the right base regardless if the linebacker flies over the top or if he stays where he is,” Schiano explained.
“You just go back to fundamentals and teach, that’s what you can do or you can throw it every down and then Mike [Glennon], he’s not going to be standing. Our approach is you go back to the fundamentals and you don’t hit this time of year, so what do you do? You work on footwork, you work on hand placement, you work on eye placement, all the little details and we’ll improve in our final game. We have to if we’re going to win this game, we have to improve. We can’t go out and do what we did Sunday and think that we’ll win.”
This puzzles Joe. It was Joe’s understanding that Schiano and his coaches were sticklers for fundamentals. Yet in the waning days of the season, fundamentals and technique are still an issue? These are not Bob Bostad’s finest moments as offensive line coach. The guy did a tremendous job last year when he lost two starting guards and had to bench a right tackle and relocate a center. The Bucs weren’t exactly the 1970s Oakland Raiders up front, but Bostad’s charges did an admirable job.
If you go by results alone, Bostad hasn’t worked any magic this year. Joe’s of the mind that line sure could use some fresh blood in the offseason.