Finally, A Unit As OneJuly 24th, 2013
Some people point to Bucs offensive coordinator Mike Sullivan and others as being the best Bucs assistants last season. Joe, for one points to former defensive front seven coach (currently pass rush coach) Bryan Cox.
But it would be hard-pressed to determine how any Bucs assistant did a better job than Bucs offensive line coach Bob Bostad.
Think about it: When was the last time an NFL offensive line coach lost two Pro Bowl players to injury, had a third starter benched and pretty much was shuffling the deck (aside from left tackle Donald Penn), plugging guys into holes and positions to try to find the best mix, and still have an above average offensive line?
Bostad is about as quiet a guy as they come. About the only time one can see any hint of emotion from Bostad is when discussing his offensive line.
On paper, with Carl Nicks and Davin Joseph back healthy, and the addition of former first round pick Gabe Carimi, the Bucs potentially could have the best offensive line in the NFL.
“Yeah, definitely we all have those expectations that we can be a very productive unit up front. Excited just to get them into the room and to have them out there with the work and to plan with all the guys on board, we sure didn’t have the time to do that before,” Bostad told Joe today.
“That’s a good group. I think they all get along together. They gel. They don’t mind working hard. I am really excited about it.”
Now the key is to keep every player on the offensive line upright. With three Pro Bowlers (Penn, Nicks and Joseph), along with underrated Jeremy Zuttah, the Bucs could have a lethal ground game with that top notch unit paving roads for Pro Bowl running back Doug Martin.