Gameplanning Helps Offensive LineAugust 17th, 2014
Mental health professionals throughout the Tampa Bay area saw appointments for counseling spike after Bucs fans were ambushed with a truly horrid display of blocking last week. Josh McCown’s life insurance policy terminated, he had to run for his life so much.
In the first half last night against Miami — Joe is only counting the first half because the second half was largely played by future carpet cleaners, high school assistant coaches, concierges and tire store managers — the offensive line was did a halfway decent job. Not great, mind you, but certainly better than that horror show of turnstiles last week.
And when the blocking is sound, often the offense moves the ball. The Bucs had 143 yards of offense in the first half. OK for an offense that for the first time saw a modicum of blocking.
“Personally, I think we did better things like technique,” new starting right guard Patrick Omameh said. “We are on the same page as communication goes. We are just going to improve and get better. The good thing is we are getting better every day. As long as we improve every day. I think we are taking that step.
“We were on point with communication and technique was a little better. We can play fast and go.”
Right tackle Demar Dotson said he clearly saw an improvement over the past week, but there is a long road to travel.
“I think we made our biggest stride,” Dotson said. The difference between Week 1 and Week 2 of preseason, “that is a leap you need to make. Is it perfect? Is it Game One [of the regular season] ready? Probably not. But it is a stride and shows we are making progress.
“We made less mistakes and less errors. Not knowing what you are doing will kill you right there.”
One thing that helped the Bucs’ front line was coaches developed a gameplan for the Dolphins. Last week, Lovie Smith had no gameplan for the Jags and wanted the offensive linemen to go one-on-one to see who would be exposed (and they were).
Dotson agreed having a gameplan made a huge difference for the offensive line.
“There is no doubt about it,” Dotson said.