Chucky’s Dream Line Fading AwayMarch 8th, 2014
Today’s release of Davin Joseph has Joe reminiscing about the lost dreams of Chucky.
The Bucs’ Super Bowl–winning head coach set out to build a beastly offensive line with draft picks and big investments but it never materialized.
Chucky and Bruce Almighty drafted pals Jeremy Trueblood and Joseph in the first and second rounds, respectively, of the 2006 NFL Draft. They were going to anchor the right side of the O-line for a decade. In 2007, massive Arron Sears came in the second round to man the left guard spot. In 2008, the Bucs broke the bank to make Jeff Faine the highest paid center in the NFL while they drafted versatile Jeremy Zuttah in the third round. And all that surrounded some young guy named Donald Penn coming out of nowhere to grab the left tackle job in ’07, when free-agent signing Luke Petitgout went down four games into that season.
The Bucs appeared stacked for the present and the future. There were great games, but it never panned out.
As the Bucs dive into free agency in a matter of hours, Joe is reminded of how hard it is to build a strong offensive line, let alone a strong team. Joe could spend another few paragraphs documenting how former rockstar general manager Mark Dominik couldn’t build a defensive line in his five seasons.
Joe’s pleased — and surely not surprised — to see that Lovie Smith and Jason Licht aren’t stuck in the past or lost in hope. What were the odds Joseph would bounce back to form he hadn’t shown in years?