Zuttah Cracking The Starting Unit?

May 28th, 2009

One of the few bright spots for Joe last year with the Bucs, aside from various sightings of Carmella, was the play of rookie offensive lineman Jeremy Zuttah. When Davin Joseph went down with an injury Zuttah filled in admirably. Later in the season in spot duty, whenever Zuttah played there was never a drawback.

Well, it seems Joe isn’t the only one who noticed the versatile Zuttah. So too has new offensive line coach Pete Mangurian, who hinted to eye-RAH! Kaufman of the Tampa Tribune that Zuttah may move Aaron Sears out of the starting lineup.

[Offensive line coach Pete] Mangurian, 53, is stressing football savvy and awareness to a young unit stocked with premium draft picks like tackle Jeremy Trueblood and guards Davin Joseph and Arron Sears, who is apparently being pushed by second-year pro Jeremy Zuttah.

“Arron’s been out for a while, and I haven’t seen him,” Mangurian said. “He hasn’t been practicing the last few days. I hope he’s ready for training camp, but I’m going to worry about the guys that are here, coach those guys and give Jeremy Zuttah an opportunity to play and see what he can do.

“We have to have five guys playing together. We’ve got to be physical, we’ve got to be intelligent and we have to be consistent … really paying attention to the details of the game.”

Joe loves to read this. If nothing else, Mangurian is holding his players accountable. At worse, it means a good, talented guy like Zuttah could be in the starting lineup for the Bucs. This is a win/win situation in Joe’s eyes.

2 Responses to “Zuttah Cracking The Starting Unit?”

  1. Ben Says:


  2. BigMacAttack Says:

    How about Aaron Sears at Defensive tackle? He fits Bates’ MO.