Baptism By FireJuly 11th, 2014
Bucs fans are giddy about now. Joe can’t blame them for their enthusiasm.
A new football season is about to dawn on the area, as Bucs training camp begins two weeks from this afternoon. That has Bucs fans, dealing with a drought of relevant football subjects to argue about, in a brighter mood as the NFL summer siesta ends.
It’s also dawn of a new era for the Bucs and Lovie Smith. Maybe for the first time since Chucky cussed out referees on the Bucs sidelines, Tampa Bay has a proven professional head coach. That also has fans geeked.
So, with apologies, Joe presents the “Custodian of Canton,” eye-RAH! Kaufman of The Tampa Tribune, throwing cold water in Bucs fans’ faces. He’s basically stating on Twitter that after two weeks, fans will have a pretty good idea how the Bucs’ offense will fare.
Tampa Bay’s overhauled OL will have to get it together in a hurry. The Bucs first two opponents (Panthers, Rams) ranked 1st and 3rd in sacks
— Ira Kaufman (@IKaufmanTBO) July 10, 2014
Joe is also concerned about the offensive line. With more apologies for beating a horse, Anthony Collins has never started a half season much less a full season. Carl Nicks? Nobody knows what condition he will be in. Evan Dietrich-Smith is a fine center. At right guard is another mystery and at right tackle, though Demar Dotson is probably Joe’s favorite player to interact with, he’s no modern-day Dan Dierdorf. And there’s little to no depth.
Facing the likes of Charles Johnson, Greg Hardy, Chris Long and Robert Quinn in the first three weeks of the season, the Bucs’ offensive line is going to have to grow up at warp speed.