Bucs No. 5July 30th, 2013
It still amazes Joe how productive the Bucs’ offensive line was last year after being shuffled more than a deck of cards in a Las Vegas casino. Down went Davin Joseph, down went Carl Nicks, out went Jeremy Trueblood, Jeremy Zuttah was bounced around, largely untested Demar Dotson played in 15 games.
Going over all the offensive lines in the league, NFL analyst Evan Silva of Rotoworld.com ranks them and believes the Bucs are No. 5.
Overview: While the Buccaneers’ 2012 offensive line ratings were not particularly strong, keep in mind they only got seven combined games from Nicks and Joseph, who form quite possibly the NFL’s premier guard duo east of San Francisco. Nicks earned consecutive Pro Bowl trips before arriving in Tampa Bay last offseason, including a 2011 All-Pro berth. Joseph is a brute power blocker. They’re healthy now. Despite injuries to arguably their best two linemen, the Bucs still allowed the third fewest sacks in football (26) and ranked 11th in yards-per-carry average (4.42). Depth is somewhat concerning, but there aren’t five better starting O-Lines in the league.
Joe confesses he didn’t remember the Bucs offense protecting so well last season. Imagine what it can be fully healthy?
Joe does know Josh Freeman and Doug Martin are salivating thinking of playing behind what very well could be the best front line in the NFL.