The Starting Right GuardAugust 29th, 2014
Well, that sieve of an offensive line sure got fixed in a hurry, didn’t it? With the trade for Logan Mankins, it is clear who will be the starting left guard when the Bucs host the Stinking Panthers a week from Sunday.
But what about right guard? Some believe Patrick Omameh is the default starter. He couldn’t be worse than Oneil Cousins, could he?
Before knighting Omameh as the starting right tackle, Bucs coach Lovie Smith is throwing up the caution flag. He isn’t quite ready to hand the job to Omameh.
“It’s a little early for that [to call him the starter at right guard],” Lovie said last night. “What we wanted to do was give him a lot of opportunities. We’ve done that. We’ve seen steady improvement from him, like we’ve seen from some of the other guards at the position. We have a group of men that we have to choose from.”
Perhaps the stalling in proclaiming a starter at right guard is so newcomer Rishaw Johnson from the Chiefs can master the playbook. It’s not as easy as it sounds.
Yesterday, when Mankins met with the local pen and mic club, he confessed he didn’t know how to learn the playbook in a week. Same could likely be said for the newly-acquired Johnson — that he doesn’t know the playbook well enough to take advantage of a starting opportunity.