Schiano Bubbling, “Excited” About Gabe CarimiJuly 1st, 2013
The Bucs have invested massive amounts of Team Glazer cash into their veteran, star-studded offensive line, and y0u better believe Greg Schiano wants to see them stay healthy, blow open holes for a bruising ground attack, and give Josh Freeman eons on time in play-action.
That was the plan last season, but injuries killed it.
Tonight on NFL Network, Schiano gave a seven-minute interview and was perhaps most upbeat and dialed in when the subject of the Bucs offensive line came up. Schiano said how much his staff entered 2012 relying on the unit but never saw it materialize after Davin Joseph and Carl Nicks were lost to injury.
This season, the O-line must dominate, Schiano said. “That’s really got to be, it has to be big strength of ours because we have some good skill, but, as you know more than anybody, you need to give them time to operate.”
Schiano went on to rave about former Bears 2011 first-round pick Gabe Carimi, the tackle out of Wisconsin who has been banged up through his first two seasons.
Schiano said he’s seen enough to believe the Bucs might have pulled an offseason steal of a deal.
“You know we only had [Carimi] for a couple of days there at the end of [spring practices] but boy, I’m excited,” Schiano said. “Gabe did some really good things in the three days he practiced with us. Just visiting with him, he’s kinda on the same page. So we’re excited by the addition there.”
Damn, it would be amazing if Carimi proves worthy of his draft status and the rest of the Bucs’ offensive line stays healthy. Doug Martin could have 250 carries by midseason, which likely would mean a lot of Ws for the New Schiano Order.