Buffalo Will Determine Offensive Line’s FateAugust 21st, 2014
Yes, the Buffalo Bills have a nasty good defensive line and a strong front-7.
Defensive tackle Marcell Dareus, when he’s not street racing and driving around with drugs, is very much in Gerald McCoy’s league. The third overall pick in the 2011 draft is dominant and is coming off his first Pro Bowl.
Buffalo finished with the 10th ranked defense and a whopping 57 sacks last year. So Buffalo represents a massive test for the Bucs new and not-yet improved offensive line. Lovie Smith and Bucs linemen have talked about the challenge all week.
Ironically, Bucs castoffs Jeremy Zuttah, Davin Joseph, Donald Penn and friends controlled Buffalo last season en route to a 27-6 Bucs win in December.
Joe’s thoroughly pleased the O-line well face a formidable foe on the road Saturday in what will be both teams’ “dress rehearsal” for the regular season.
If the Bucs’ offensive line gets clobbered like it did in Jacksonville and has its members getting manhandled, then look for Jason Licht and Lovie Smith to move swiftly to acquire new offensive linemen when cuts are made around the NFL in late August.
Joe can’t imagine any scenario that has the Bucs getting abused again on the O-line and sticking with the status quo. That would be akin to waving the white flag on the season.