Ryan Jensen Blasted By Ex-Buccaneer, PFF Tribe

November 10th, 2018

“They’re killing me, Ali.

The film on Ryan Jensen led a Buccaneers-paid expert and an alleged team of experts to blast the game of the Bucs’ big-money center.

Jensen playing to the whistle is obvious and he makes others on the Bucs’ O-line look bad in that department. But how is Jensen actually performing?

Former Bucs blocking tight end John Gilmore says the Tampa Bay front office must be perplexed.

Gilmore, a member of the Buccaneers Radio Network, said his film review looks bad for the man in the middle of the offensive line and his mates.

“Offensive line just isn’t playing well. Assignment mistakes, they’re getting beat physically,” Gilmore said. “You know, we brought a guy in like Ryan Jensen; and I know he’s a big effort guy, kind of a scrappy player. But to be perfectly honest, I’m just not impressed with his play.

“I’m sure Jason Licht and the brass up top are kind of scratching their heads. There’s times that he doesn’t even look like he’s on the right assignment. This is the center. You know, the center is supposed to be the quarterback of the offensive line and he’s just not playing well. And I think it’s trickling out along that offensive line.”

If that wasn’t bad enough, the data freaks at Pro Football Focus, aka the PFF Tribe, issued midseason rankings for NFL offensive lines. They ranked the Bucs O-line 17th overall and directed threw a lot of shade at Jensen.

We’re only eight games in, but Ryan Jensen already looks like one of the worst free agent signings of the offseason. At the time he signed his four-year, $42 million deal, it was a head-scratcher and makes even less sense now. The former Ravens center was coming off a paltry career-high 71.4 overall grade and has been even worse in Tampa Bay. His 53.8 grade is one of the lowest at the position, and his 15 pressures allowed is already more than last season.

There’s a lot of criticism out there of the Bucs’ offensive line. But Joe is trying to keep a little perspective.

Sure, Joe sees the bad moments, but the Bucs rank second in the NFL in yards per game. The offensive line can’t be that bad.

They should be better, though, especially in the red zone and in the run game. They’re not exactly imposing their will consistently on defensive lines in those areas.


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43 Responses to “Ryan Jensen Blasted By Ex-Buccaneer, PFF Tribe”

  1. LakeLand Says:

    Everyone knows the Bucs overpaid for Ryan Jensen

  2. jmarkbuc Says:

    #Lichts-on-nobodys-home

  3. Cobraboy Says:

    I’m confuzzled.

    In the past *certain* pundiits didn’t give PFF’s “analysis” the time of day. But now they know their stuff? Sure seems like you didn’t read what is written in this post. –Joe

    It all gets so confusing…

    What does the OL coach have to say? The Bucs DO have one, correct?

  4. TheNorm Says:

    I’m surprised the line is ranked 17th.
    Figured it would be lower

  5. Petty Officer Buc Says:

    When you are the one of the worst teams you gotta overpay for FA’s to come to your team. We did the same thing back in 2012 but only V-Jax was worth it (Carl Nick’s had the unfortunate MRSA toe).
    The Bucs and Colts were the top teams interested on Jensen. We knew what we were getting with him. A guy with average to sloppy technique but he gives 110% effort ALL THE TIME! How many other current Buccaneer O-Linemen can say the same thing? (Looking at you D.SMITH 76) he also is nasty and is a DOGG who sticks up for his QB and is always ready to throw down. Watch the Saints, Steelers, and Falcons game this year. This man is who you want next to you when Sh!t pops off! He is getting negative help from the right side of the O-Line but what can you expect from this coaching staff and GM?

  6. Jean Lafitte Says:

    exactly Petty Officer

  7. jmarkbuc Says:

    Cobraboy

    That’s up for debate

  8. Destinjohnny Says:

    Finally people are starting to see what I have been saying for 3 years
    This guy has crushed our team

  9. Bobby M. Says:

    Shocker…Licht overpaid for underperformance.

  10. Frank813 Says:

    Jason Licht cannot evaluate players

  11. Bucs fan #7423 Says:

    Fire Licht!

  12. Mike Says:

    The one area that scrub light is supposed to understand
    He’s a buffoon

  13. Alanbucsfan Says:

    All of OLinemen have had issues-
    Inconsistent performance, injuries, inexperience(?)

    The OLine coach was fired at Arizona, Dallas and SF.
    The Browns raved about him despite OLine giving up alot of sacks and no running game (sound familiar?)

    Seems like we’re seeing the same results here.

  14. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    It’s Bucs coaching fault….

    We can’t coach up

    DBs
    RBs
    QBs
    Oline
    Dline
    LBs
    Ks

    We are only able to coach up WR, TE & Punter……

  15. Loyaltotheend Says:

    Marpet and Jensen get paid a lot for so little

  16. Christopher Schiefen Says:

    So Jason Licht can’t really draft well consistently, and his free agent choices are almost always failures. Cool.

  17. Rod Munch Says:

    The guy has only played center for a year, and had a nice year, but not exceptional, and before that was just a role player, and the Bucs made him the highest paid center in the league. I didn’t get the signing at the time as it took a lot of projecting to assume that he only not would continue to improve, but that he wouldn’t take a step back, since again, he was just a role player that got a job because of injury and he wasn’t good enough for the Ravens to want to keep (even with the salary cap, if you really think you have the guy worth being the highest paid center in the game, you figure out how to get that done). Also the Ravens fans didn’t really complain that much, it was like, sorry to see him go, but he’s not worth that kind of money, not even close.

    Anywho I’m not sure he’s played poorly, but he hasn’t done anything to impress either.

    But then again unlike that 6-time pro bowler GMC who is always smiling, Jensen doesn’t smile, he’s mean and makes sure to get 15-yard unsportsmanlike penalties to prove how mean he is. Grrrrr…. so mean…. he’s mean…. grrrrrr…. and since he’s mean and doesn’t smile the dopes on the message boards think he’s the best player in the game because it proves he’s a “leader”… because leaders need to be mean… gggrrrrrr…..

    Anywho he seems like an OK guy who is vastly overpaid – which seems to be what others say.

    On the positive side I don’t know about the fake new PFF ratings, but the Bucs have had just about the worst offensive line in football for 2 straight years, so if they’re up to 17 that’s quite the improvement.

  18. Kgh4life Says:

    Licht has to take some of the blame when it comes to the performance of the o-line, he’s the one who drafted/signed the players,however,the one constant the Bucs have with the oline is coach Warhop. He has been with the Bucs for five years now if i’m not mistaken and his oline’s have been mediorce to say the least. Every season he talks about how Donovan Smith is going to take that next step to be top 5 lineman in the league and Smith never does, in fact the entire oline as a group hasn’t improved. They can’t get any push in the run game and pass blocking is inconsistent. Warhop has been dodging blame for a while.

  19. Alanbucsfan Says:

    The Bucs are -15 in turnovers vs opponents.
    That is the main reason they are 3-5.

    OLine doesn’t protect Bucs qb
    DL doesn’t pressure opponents’ qb’s.

    Yards,shmards- the trenches tell the story…

  20. LakeLand Says:

    Ali Marpet has a higher grade than Ryan Jensen at Center last season

  21. LakeLand Says:

    **had a higher grade**

  22. SchwiftyBuc Says:

    He was playing at an elite level for the first 2 games and has since dropped off considerably.

    Makes you wonder.

  23. Tony LA Says:

    Joe,

    I think you’re blinded because you are comparing Jensen to other Buc players. He’s better than the rest of the ragtag bunch on this team.

    Look – our LT is subpar at best.
    Our RT is months away from possible retirement
    Our center is an overpaid career underachiever who had one olid year in a contract season
    Our RG situation is laughably inept
    We have Marpet. That’s it.
    That’s the job Licht and the offensive coaching staff has done with that line.

  24. gambelero Says:

    It’s gotta be hard to measure center play. You don’t know what his assignment is. He’s often on chip and move on (to the second level) assignments on run plays. When your tackles get beat, the QB often moves up into a sack. Also, the lack of a run game and falling behind multiple scores allows opposing teams to tee off on the pass. And our long drop, slow developing passing game without hot reads and interior scree.ns allows defenses to blitz us with impunity

  25. Easy Says:

    I’ve noticed several plays where Jensen was overpowered and bull rushed back into the pocket.

  26. Jonathan Lipnicki Says:

    Licht’s free agent flops only outdone by the top 3 picks he made in this year’s draft. Not sure any other NFL team will hire him above a regional scout slot moving forward. Maybe a podcast Dom & Dumber would have legs if/when he and Dominik join forces.

  27. GhostofSchiano Says:

    17th????

    Well we are in Florida so …..RECOUNT!

  28. westernbuc Says:

    Giants cut Omameh, Gave him 3 years 15 mil….Jensen’s fine lol

  29. john Says:

    Dude is playing next to a turn stall in bennioch..

  30. LakeLand Says:

    The Bucs gave Ryan Jensen 4 years, $42 Million

    What was they smoking?

  31. Ryan Jensen’s Hair Says:

    PFF Mike is not an objective analyst. PFF assigns pressures as a full event for two players if both are involved instead of splitting the event. He was pissed when the contract was signed and continues his mission of slander against my radiant locks. He is a weasel of epic proportions.

  32. Tom S. Says:

    I’m so confused, are you saying Jason Licht might have signed a free agent bust? 😯 I have NEVER heard of that happening before Joe.

    Jason Licht has such a sterling record with free agents like Ghost Johnson, Floppy Hat Sweezy, Nick Folk and Anthony Collins this can’t be right. There must be a mistake!!

  33. Mike Johnson Says:

    When you have a losing record? The Hits just keep on ah comin!

  34. JimmyJack Says:

    Every offensive lineman Dirk has inherited has regressed. He has not been able to untapped the potential of a few others and has played some guys in the wrong position.

    Our run blocking has gotten more atrocious every passing year under Dirk.

    I’m not judging any offensive lineman under Dirk. I think better coaching could get more out of all of them.

  35. Buc1987 Says:

    Rod Munch…so what you’re saying is grrrr McCoy is a wuss?

  36. JimmyJack Says:

    Dirk inherited 2 very capable rookies who showed a lot of promise.

    Their play went downhill in year 2 and that is not normal.

  37. Tc Says:

    It must be all that money in his pockets weighing him down!

  38. Knoxville Buc Fan Says:

    Who gives a F. I mean what does it really matter at this point? The whole God dang team sucks… of course he’s gonna look bad,look who is around him. The dude is trying to figure out how he’s gonna block two players since Beenacock doesn’t know his a$$ from a whole in the ground

  39. Chris Cotten Says:

    At the end of the day on 11/25 we will be 6-5

  40. Grafikdetail Says:

    Coaching and scheme… bad players leave and miraculously become good… good players sign here and suck… Bucs Life

  41. RustyRhinos Says:

    When Coach L. Smith was fired, I wanted Coach Warhop to go as well. I do not see results on the field for all of the Praise, and accolades this guy gets. Yes he is a NFL Oline coach, and has been for years, the past few here. How good and dominant have we looked with Coach Warhop leading that unit on Gamedays? Yes Logan Mankins last season we had some good Oline play. With Coach Warhop in charge. IMO Logan Mankins gets extra credit for his professional efforts. This effort he brought everyday spread throughout the line. We miss this on our Oline today. As it stands today are we getting better Oline play? I do not see it. We are better than okay at Pass blocking, but we can not mow down a solid path across the sand at the beach. Unless it is our arses being pushed backward right into the RB’s running lane. No Run blockey = no chance for a Playoffey.

  42. Anonymous Says:

    Worst game in along time , how do you go 480 yds and get 3 pts ? Coach needs to go!

  43. Bucsfan951 Says:

    Are you sure it’s not the rg who’s got the issues?

 

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