The Demise Of Davin Joseph And The O-LineOctober 14th, 2013
Joe’s watched Davin Joseph struggle all season long. It’s a sad dropoff in performance from a former Pro Bowl player and a guy the Bucs are paying a fortune of money at right guard.
What’s also stunning is that the Bucs’ offensive line is not opening holes for Doug Martin. Jeremy Zuttah often looks like he might be a better guard than center, and the loss of Carl Nicks is evident.
Former Bucs guard Ian Beckles (1990-1996) has long been one of Joseph’s biggest fans, but now it pains Beckles to watch him.
“I’m watching this offensive line. Larsen’s not good. Ok. Larsen wouldn’t start for anyone else at any time. Davin Joseph, I’ve sat here before and said, ‘Davin Joseph is the best guard to every play [for the Bucs.] And I played the exact same position. He’s not good right now. He’s not healthy. He’s getting driven back,” Beckles said co-hosting the Ron and Ian show on WDAE-AM 620 today. ”Listen, I know Davin a little bit. I would say, ‘listen, you’re hurt bro.’ I mean, I applaud him for playing through it, but the results aren’t that good. We’re not moving anybody off the ball.
“It’s not Doug Martin’s fault. Doug Martin is running his ass off to get 50 yards, running hard, running guys over, but there’s nothing there.”
Cerebral former Bucs tight end Dave Moore also talked today on WDAE about the surprising demise of the Bucs’ O-line and about how Martin is not to blame in any way for the running game’s struggles.
Joseph could be at a crossroads of his career. Yes, he’s coming off a major knee injury, but he’s about to turn 30 next month. If he doesn’t improve this season, then Joseph likely could be history in TampaBay. He’s scheduled to earn $6 million in 2014. (Enjoy Beckles’ full rant below. He hits on a lot of topics.)