Hoping For ProgressAugust 16th, 2014
As Joe has stated before, he hates preseason football. Joe watches Bucs preseason games, of course, because it is his job. You won’t catch Joe watching one play of preseason another team. Preseason football, well, it’s garbage.
So Joe understands how many Bucs fans, giddy after a too-long offseason, giddy after all the teasing practice stories, sat down all fired up on the couch to watch the first glimpse of the remodeled Bucs… only to end up searching for a poisoning remedy after much of the Bucs front line morphed into turnstiles.
Josh McCown was running to save his skin on each and every play. It had to be a galling shock to Bucs fans. Another person who was appalled was prickly Pete Prisco of CBSSports.com, who typed Bucs general manager Jason Licht must do something to keep McCown in one piece.
The Tampa Bay guards are awful. The team knew there was an issue inside, but it really showed up against Jacksonville. Oniel Cousins and Jamon Meredith really struggled to handle the Jaguars’ inside players. Sen’Derrick Marks looked like the best defensive tackle in the league against them. He’s good, but they were bad. The Bucs have to do something to address that position and they started by demoting Meredith and inserting second-year player Jace Daniels, who signed as an undrafted player last year.
There is no telling if Jace Daniels or Patrick Omameh are answers, or if an answer is currently on another roster, which is entirely possible. That will be determined in the next two or three weeks.
Remember, the Bucs did not gameplan last week. They wanted their offensive linemen to go one-on-one with the Jacksonville defensive line to see who needs work or who shouldn’t be on the field. Joe believes Lovie Smith likely has his preliminary answers.
So tonight, let’s monitor offensive line. Don’t expect them to transform into the 1976 Oakland Raiders offensive line, but improvement would be nice.