“Popcorn” Tasted Really Good This Time

August 18th, 2014

collinsNew big-money left tackle Anthony Collins had a message for Bucs fans and media before the first preseason game in Jacksonville: “Get your popcorn. Time to show the game.” Joe had questioned Collins about the skeptics who are unsure he will thrive because he’s never started half a season.

Sadly, the first batch of popcorn tasted charred and was filled with those nasty unpopped kernels.

The opening offensive line performance was so heinous it drove legions of Bucs fans to liquor stores, pill mills and psychotherapy. But all was fluffy, tasty, buttery and clean on Saturday against Miami.

Lovie Smith said so. And so did Collins. Joe asked Collins what made Saturday so much better.

“[Expletive], everything, with an A.N.G. Everythang, man. We had communication. We trust each other, man. You gotta understand, it’s a whole new O-line and a whole new facility. It just felt good,” Collins said. “We talked to each other before the game this time. It just felt good to go out there with our soldiers and we were ready to play ball. When we can go to the film [Sunday], we can feel good about each other.”

Yes, the Bucs’ offensive line is jelling. One part gut check, one part game planning, and a dash of new right guard Patrick Omameh, who didn’t get manhandled by the opposition like Jamon Meredith did.

Lovie Smith told fans not to “overreact” about the Bucs’ offensive line in the wake of the Jacksonville debacle. Joe wasn’t buying that; it was worth overreacting to. And, sorry Lovie, Joe’s going to “overreact” to the Bucs’ O-line effort again. On Saturday, the first-teamers (but definitely not the second teamers) were quite solid for a brand new unit. Hope was restored. Line play like that might be good enough, if the Bucs can find an edge pass rush continue dominating defensively.

15 Responses to ““Popcorn” Tasted Really Good This Time”

  1. DallasBuc Says:

    “On Saturday, the first-teamers (but definitely not the second teamers) were quite solid for a brand new unit. Hope was restored.” Dolphins dline is a joke. If we played the Jags again they would have killed us. Our oline is NOT good.

  2. panhandle buc Says:

    I would disagree, wake and starks and pretty dam good. Phins have a very good front 7.

  3. Buddhaboy Says:

    stylez white? ha ha

  4. Patrickbucs Says:

    The Dolphins D-Line is a joke? I hope you are joking otherwise that is very ignorant. That’s the strength of their team, they have 2 guys that have double digit sacks last year. It’s pre-season so it doesn’t mean anything anyway.

  5. DallasBuc Says:

    Wake is a good football player. Their dline is not feared. Carolina and StLouis dlines are what we are facing first 2 weeks. Miami dline is developmental league comparatively!

  6. lightningbuc Says:

    “[Expletive], everything, with an A.N.G. Everythang, man.

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    Was Lovie around when Collins said that? I thought Lovie issued a no cussing edict to all the grown men in the locker room. Imagine if Schiano had done that. Would have been a mutiny.

  7. BucsFan47 Says:

    LMAO @ DallasBuc

    He must still be upset the cowboys defense is a joke and has hate in his body. The O line did great. Ive been saying since trainign camp started that Omameh was gonna be our starting RG. I hope to see Edwards take over Cousins because he is trash. I know he is a rookie and played with less competition but he was a stud and to me would be a huge upgrade over Cousins.

    Am I the only 1 that wants to see Glennon with the 1′s and see how he does… I just have that feeling he would be great with the weapons and O-line we have now #MGM

  8. Broy3434 Says:

    GLENNON IS NOT OUR QB. NOBODY IS DRAFTING QNS NEXT YEAR LOVIE WILL PICK HIS. ONLY PRAISED FOR VALUE. SAME AS MANZIEL WHO WE ALL BELIEBED LOVIE ABOUT. GLENNON WILL NOT START NEXT OR THIS Year. He is scared, doesn’t pull the trigger. EVER. JUST WATCHES AS THE POCKET EVENTUALLY COLLAPSES ON HIM

  9. tiny tim Says:

    Our O-line is weak. There were still no running lanes for the running backs therefore the bucs could not sustain drives because they were constantly in 2nd and longs which lead to third and longs. Becht said it and a I agree, we do not have NFL caliber starting guards on this team. Stop accepting mediocrity. Saturday’s performance did not change the concerns I have about this oline. First 6 games are as follow……home for Carolina and Rams. On the road in ATL, PIT and NO. Then we are home for the Ravens. We need to be much much improved if we are going to have any shot winning those games.

  10. Patrickbucs Says:

    @ Tim. You are right that is a brutal opening 6 game stretch. Game 3 in Buffalo should give us a better idea about our o-line.

    @dallas if you think Wake is the only “good player” on that line you don’t watch the Dolphins much. I can’t stand them but their d-line/front 7 is very, very good.

  11. DallasBuc Says:

    You do know what “very, very good” means don’t you? SanFran, Seattle, Carolina, StLouis fall into that category. Miami does not.

  12. jo_mama Says:

    Broy3434 Says:
    August 18th, 2014 at 10:56 am
    GLENNON IS NOT OUR QB. NOBODY IS DRAFTING QNS NEXT YEAR LOVIE WILL PICK HIS. ONLY PRAISED FOR VALUE. SAME AS MANZIEL WHO WE ALL BELIEBED LOVIE ABOUT. GLENNON WILL NOT START NEXT OR THIS Year. He is scared, doesn’t pull the trigger. EVER. JUST WATCHES AS THE POCKET EVENTUALLY COLLAPSES ON HIM

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    First off I bet you wish there was something larger out there than the capital letters to help you make your point better.

    Secondly I guess you never played QB. Scared and doesn’t pull the trigger are polar opposites. If he is scared he is going to unload and force a bad throw. Or just Throw it out of bounds. I don’t have any issues with Glennon holding the ball until the last possible second than throw an INT.

    I will take a sack over INT any day.

    FYI – Glennons stats are better than Joe Flaco and eli manning.

    Glennon had the same amount of sacks than Brady (minus 3 games)

  13. Thomas Says:

    Glennon will be a good Qb eventually. he has had a couple real good Qb’s to learn from this year and last (Mcown and Orlofski). I’m about as concerned with his mobility as I am with Peyton Manning’s mobility. Remember we are talking about mobility here not hall of fame worthiness.

    Who knows what will happen? He does seem to have either gotten stronger or is just more comfortable while throwing deeper balls. They are much closer than they were last year. Once he starts hitting those I think he will be absolutely starting Qb worthy.

    If the line blocks we have the tools to get it done.

    The only thing I am left asking is “What the heck in an A.N.G?” I have no idea what Collins was referencing.

  14. tickrdr Says:

    BucsFan47 Says:

    August 18th, 2014 at 10:51 am
    …………………………………….
    Am I the only 1 that wants to see Glennon with the 1′s and see how he does… I just have that feeling he would be great with the weapons and O-line we have now #MGM
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    I believe the entire 1st string offensive line was in for Glennon’s first drive, with each series starting with a run for 1 or 2 yds, then a completion for the first down; until the last completion to Mike Evans for the apparent TD??
    BTW, Broy should check out the 2nd throw of that drive by MG8, if he thinks he is afraid to pull the trigger. Should have been a long drive ending in a touchdown, instead of a touchback.

    tickrdr

  15. tickrdr Says:

    @Thomas

    I not sure if you’re kidding or not, but

    for most people, ……everything.
    For some dialects…….. everythang!! A N G.

    tickrdr

 
 

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