BREAKDOWN: Offensive Line

December 13th, 2008
Not only does analyst Steve Campbell have a solid synopsis of the Bucs offensive line play in his weekly analysis, he also breaks down each sack the Bucs gave up against Carolina and describes why it happened. Campbell like Faines last Monday night.

Not only does analyst Steve Campbell have a solid synopsis of the Bucs offensive line play in his weekly analysis, he also breaks down each sack the Bucs gave up against Carolina and describes why it happened. Campbell liked Faine's play last Monday night.

By Steve Campbell analyst

It was another mixed bag result for the Bucs offensive line in the loss to Carolina. The alarming trend of giving up sacks continued, but I will break down each sack in this article to show, once again, that all the blame doesn’t lie on the feet of the offensive line.

Sack No. 1 by Tyler Brayton: This was, quite frankly, a horrible pass set by Jeremy Trueblood. The Bucs left tackle guessed on an outside rush and Brayton crossed him up with an inside move. Trueblood didn’t take the right set or step, and he couldn’t recover. This looked like the Jeremy Trueblood of 2006.

Sack No. 2 by Richard Marshall: This was a corner blitz by Marshall. The Tampa offensive line was in “slide” protection to the left. Slide protection is when every lineman steps in the same directions and is responsible for the gap they are stepping towards. In this instance, by sliding left, they are giving help to the left side, specifically Donald Penn, who was blocking Julius Peppers. Marshall blitzed from the right side and was matched up on the blitz pick up with Warrick Dunn. Dunn totally whiffed on the block, and Marshall sacked Jeff Garcia.

Sack No. 3 split between Julius Peppers and Charles Johnson: This was in the two-minute drill before halftime. This was a seven-step drop by Garcia where he had all day to throw. Garcia saw nobody open and started running around for another few seconds before going down. This was the ultimate coverage sack.

Sack No. 4 by Peppers: This was another sack given up by Trueblood. Not too much you can say about this one. Just an example of probably the best defensive end in the game doing what he does best. It looked like Trueblood was gearing up for a speed rush by Peppers and got crossed up with a bull rush. Trueblood was a little high in his pass set, and with someone as strong as Peppers, you’re going to get pushed back in that situation.

Sack No. 5 by Damione Lewis: Lewis simply beat Arron Sears here with an elementary hand slap move and Sears got caught not moving his feet.

So, as you can see, two of the five sacks were not the fault of the offensive line. Giving up three sacks is not great, but in 38 pass attempts against a great defensive line, it’s not real poor either.

On to the individual performances.

Donald Penn (LT): Penn did OK for the most part against Peppers. He was given help in the form of chip blocks about half the time. He didn’t give up any sacks, but he did have a costly tripping penalty when Peppers beat him with a bull rush. It may not be any easier Sunday when Penn faces John Abraham and his 12.5 sacks. Abraham is questionable for the game with an injury.

Arron Sears (LG): Resorted to his early season form. He was equally mediocre in the passing game and running game. He had trouble getting any push on Panther’s defensive tackle Maake Kemoeatu on the inside runs. Sears was pretty effective when he pulled on runs to the right, especially on Cadillac Williams’ four- yard touchdown run. Sears pulled and blew Na’il Diggs about five yards deep into the end zone. Sears will face Jonathan Babineaux this week, and will need to play better against him than he did in Week 2 in Tampa

Jeff Faine (C): Played really well on Monday night. He was really aggressive and showed incredible effort on the second level blocking the linebackers of the Panthers.

Davin Joseph (RG): Like Faine was very aggressive on Monday night and I liked what I saw. He struggled with Kemoeatu as Sears did, but Joseph was much more aggressive than Sears was. I like his effort and I like how he’s always looking for somebody to hit near a pile. Joseph will face Grady Jackson Sunday so he better bring his lunch pail. Jackson is at least 350-pounds and an anchor in the middle of the Falcon’s line.

Jeremy Trueblood (LT): This was a forgettable game for Trueblood. He was pretty good as always in the run game, but resorted to his rookie season form where he was too stiff in his pass sets. Luckily for Trueblood, he gets second year man Jamal Anderson this week from the Falcons. Anderson is on his way to being a major first round bust. I like Trueblood a lot in this matchup.

Game ball: Faine.

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