O-Line Coach Says Preseason Will Be KeyJune 9th, 2014
The radically overhauled Buccaneers offensive line, complete with its new coach and new-to-the-NFL offensive coordinator, has a very tough task ahead.
This bunch must find a way to be in sync at a level that can withstand the punishing front-7s of Carolina and St. Louis in Weeks 1 and 2 of the season.
Bucs beat reporter Tom Krasniqi, “TKras” of WDAE-AM 620, asked new offensive line coach what it will take for his line to blossom. Warhop said it’s all about August..
Tom Krasniqi: How long do you think it typically takes for an offensive line to come together gel, especially when you’re dealing with a new group of guys?
George Warhop: It’s interesting. It’s really determined by how you play your preseason games. You know, in some situations, when you have a young quarterback, the emphasis is the quarterback. So you really don’t get to what you want to do until you really get into the season. So that pushes out the jelling part of it. If you go into the preseason and you’re going to call the game and play the game like you’re going to call it during the season, then it happens a little bit faster. It’s just going to be predicated on how we want to play the preseason games. With this group, though, and how they’re wired, I don’t see it being very long regardless of how we go about it.
Now that was interesting. So will the Bucs attack preseason playcalling like a regular season game in order for their O-line to jell quickly?
Will the first-team line get reps, even if Josh McCown and other “A” team guys are off the field?
Or will the Bucs, as Lovie Smith suggested, keep their real offense hidden until opening day in order to get a competitive advantage?
If Joe were head coach, Joe would just do everything possible to be firing hot on opening day against Carolina. So what if defensive coordinators get a feel for what to expect. Thankfully, the NFL is still very much a game of beating the guy in front of you — blocking, tackling and executing.
Let the first-team line crack some skulls in August and find a rhythm with their playbook.
(Enjoy Krasniqi’s full interview below.)