The Other 95 PercentAugust 16th, 2014
You didn’t really think the Bucs’ offensive line was playing for real in the preseason opener last week. That was all part of a great hoax perpetrated by Lovie Smith and Jeff Tedford.
The mysteriousness of the Tampa Bay offense will be a plus when it faces the nasty Carolina defense on opening day. So why not kick the mystery up a notch?
Josh McCown even said this week how beneficial and good it was for him to finally take a good drilling, sort of a way to help a quarterback to get ready for the season after not being allowed to be hit in training camp. So there you have it; the Bucs’ matador offensive line was probably all part of the plan. Heck, Jamon Meredith has moved to backup tackle now. He wasn’t even a guard, despite starting last week. It was all a big gag.
McCown also talked about the existing “veil” (his word) over the offense and how that will help the Bucs, their edge under new leadership and a new-to-the-NFL coordinator. Center Evan Dietrich-Smith estimated earlier this week that the Bucs showed maybe 5 percent of their offense in Jacksonville, and fans will have to wait to see that other 95 percent.
Joe wants to
prevent heart attacks caution fans who are expecting a revived Bucs offense tonight. Hopefully, it will be better, but it won’t be “the offense,” or anything close.
Keeping McCown upright will be a first-team focus, as will moving the chains and trying to establish any kind of rhythm. Lovie Smith probably would be ecstatic to walk out the stadium tonight with a belief that his offensive line can do more good than bad, and that his first-team offense can execute at a reasonable rate. That would be progress, and that’s all the Bucs are seeking prior to the “veil” being removed.