EDS Hopes O-Line SetAugust 20th, 2014
Joe can still hear shrieks from Bucs fans after watching the offensive line get tossed around like tackling dummies in the preseason loss to the Jags. It was an eye-opening scene, in a nightmarish sort of way.
Joe could and did understand the outrage. Not even Roger Staubach would have been able to operate an offense behind what was alleged to have been blocking that night. Poor Bucs quarterback Josh McCown was running for dear life on each play.
After the game, Bucs coach Lovie Smith benched Jamon Meredith and inserted Patrick Omameh into the starting lineup. In the second game against Miami, the offensive line looked so much better, but it still didn’t remind anyone of the Redskins Hogs from the 1980s.
One element to a developing offensive line is stability. And Bucs center Evan Dietrich-Smith, one catch of the Bucs’ free agency spending spree this spring, seems to believe the current assembled five is the starting offensive line Bucs fans will see when the Stinking Panthers come to town Sept. 7.
“Yeah, I hope so. Pat and Oneil [Cousins] have been doing a good job. They have been earning their reps,” Dietrich-Smith said. “We will see how it goes this week. I’m expecting to see improvements from us as a front. We are going to be playing against some good guys inside. They have some good edge guys up there. We have to improve as a group. We have to take another step forward. By the time this game comes around, you should be seeing more of what the polished product is during the regular season.”
Joe understands where EDS is coming from. It’s not like he is trying to belittle others on the offensive line currently known as backups. But for an offensive line to come together, they have to play together. Substituting just one guy delays the development.
In fact, EDS noted that when he played for Green Bay, the offensive line would know each other so well that they could communicate non-verbally so defenses couldn’t detect the line calls. That is how close they got.
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