What About The O-Line?May 22nd, 2014
There is no polite way of saying it. Last year the Bucs offensive line stunk.
Donald Penn had better years. Davin Joseph never did recover from his knee surgery (he is still looking for work). Jeremy Zuttah was shipped off to Baltimore. And, as former Bucs defensive end Steve White said recently, guys who should have been nothing but backups (the Ted Larsens of the world) were thrust into starting gigs.
This is what happens when an All-Pro guard gets the double-whammy of MRSA and a ugly bum toe.
Since Lovie Smith took over, the Bucs totally revamped their offensive line. Still, there are holes. and none other than the “Custodian of Canton,” eye-RAH! Kaufman of The Tampa Tribune, weighed in on the heavy subject matter via Twitter.
Bucs have added some weapons to the league’s most dismal attack, but much depends on an offensive line that could feature four new starters
— Ira Kaufman (@IKaufmanTBO) May 22, 2014
Joe is still in a show-me mode when it comes to left tackle Anthony Collins. Bucs general manager Jason Licht will tell all who will listen just how well Collins graded out with the Bengals. But Collins has never started half a season much less a full season. Can he handle the rigors of a 16-game slate?
Then there are the guard positions. Carl Nicks’ recent injury problems make it a very bad gamble to expect him to start. Working with the first team this week were Oneil Cousins at left guard and Jamon Meredith at right guard.
Not exactly the 1976 Oakland Raiders front wall.
Joe thinks Kaufman has every right to be concerned. While the team made major upgrades all over the place, the offensive line remains a question mark.