Jeremy Zuttah May Be Moved Back To GuardNovember 1st, 2012
Yesterday, Joe’s good friend, “The Big Dog,” Steve Duemig of WDAE-AM 620, once again broke Bucs news as he is wont to do.
While the Bucs were showing Ted Larsen taking snaps at left guard in the 30-minute window the Tampa Bay pen and mic club was allowed to watch practice yesterday (which is mostly used up by players warming up), Bucs coach Greg Schiano is up to espionage, Duemig told his listening audience, and in fact is working Jeremy Zuttah at left guard and Larsen at center.
The reason for this is, as Bucs fans should know by now, All-Pro guard Carl Nicks is out for the year with a grotesque toe injury (which Joe has seen and can confirm it is gross).
Zuttah was the incumbent left guard until Bucs rock star general manager Mark Dominik signed Nicks as a free agent in the offseason. Zuttah did play left guard last year when Jeff Faine played at center. When Faine couldn’t answer the bell, Zuttah moved to center and Larsen filled in at left guard, where he is marginally better than at right guard.
Schiano would not say yesterday who was playing or who would start at left guard Sunday at Oakland, but Schiano said, in so many words, that all offensive linemen were in the mix in various mix-and-matches to try to find the best combination for the starting five.
Joe spoke with former starter Jeremy Trueblood, who lost his right tackle gig, and who had been whispered to perhaps play guard at some point, a position he hasn’t taken a snap at since high school. But Trueblood flatly told Joe he was not going to play left guard, nor has he been working out at the position in practice — words straight from Trueblood’s mouth.
There is no way the Bucs can replace Nicks. That isn’t happening. But perhaps Schiano believes Zuttah is a better fit there than Larsen.
Schiano’s mixing and matching on the offensive line seems to have plugged holes/weaknesses on the right side of the line thus far. So Joe’s hoping Schiano can use the same magic on the left side.
Feel free to share your thoughts on the offensive line scramble with “The Big Dog” by calling his show this afternoon from 3-6 p.m.