“Establishing A New Line Of Scrimmage”August 12th, 2014
Yes, the Tampa Bay defensive line dominated Jacksonville and has owned its competition in practice.
Even the Bucs on their official website seem to be taking a defense-is-winning stance.
Bucs multimedia guru and “insider” reporter Scott Smith says the D-line shining in Jacksonville reflected what has been going on all summer.
“That’s nothing different from what we’ve been seeing on the practice field here in training camp every day,” Smith said in this video out of yesterday’s practice.
Joe can’t disagree.
One nugget from Smith was a nugget from a conversation he had with DE Will Gholston, Per Smith, Gholston clamed the D-line “met it’s goal on almost every play: establishing a new line of scrimmage.”
Joe’s heard that line before from players. That’s how high expectations are on the D-line.
Joe’s very confident, but Joe is a little concerned by the words of Michael Johnson on SiriusXM NFL Radio earlier this week. Johnson explained how he’s being asked to line up extremely wide, much like Simeon Rice did, and Johnson says he definitely has a learning curve there because he had a nearly opposite alignment with the Bengals.
That’s something Joe was watching in practice yesterday, and will keep his eye on through the next two preseason games.