Davin Joseph Says O-Line Has A Ways To Go

August 28th, 2009

The Bucs offensive line showed flashes of being ready to lead a dominant running attack. The success of Cadillac Williams and Earnest Graham against Miami was invigorating. Joe sat down with Pro Bowl guard Davin Joseph to get his take on the line’s progression in the zone-blocking scheme, his play, and the state of the Bucs.

Joe: In the past you’ve talked about how it took you almost an entire season to master Jon Gruden’s playbook. Tonight, Jeff Faine said at halftime the offensive line would probably master the zone-blocking system by midseason. What’s your timeline? How long is it going to take?

Davin Joseph: I don’t like to put a timeline. I really believe the more games we get in. The more practices. The more times we actually get to run our offense the better we’ll get. The longer we keep these guys together and the healthier we are, the better everything will blossom. With the running backs we have, they cover us so good. Sometimes we miss blocks and they still make us look so good. But it’s hard for me to put a timeline. But I feel as if we’re going in the right direction. …To know that the guys are believing in the offense and trying to execute. Soon, and we don’t know when, we’re going to hit a boom and it’s going to be really exciting. It’s going to be really exciting.

Joe: Can you put a percentage on it? Do you feel you’re 60 percent there as an offensive line?

Davin Joseph: I gotta go back and see this film because I feel like the beginning of the game the running game wasn’t going but the passing game was there. At the end of the game the running game was really loaded in the box and the passing picked up and then there were all the blitzes. …It’s hard to judge. I’ll know better as we get into that Dallas week of preparation about how much we’ve progressed. From the first game to now we’ve progressed a lot. But we still need more games, more time together and all that good stuff.

Joe: The offensive line is meaner and leaner physically this year. After playing three preseason games in your new body, how do you feel right now?

Davin Joseph: This is the best physically I’ve felt since being in the league. It’s a combination of things. It’s dropping weight, lifting more, being in pads more. It all kind of gets you in football shape. I feel like I’m in football shape now, which is much earlier than in previous years.

Joe: Is there a Super Bowl mindset in the locker room?

Davin Joseph: We have to take everything week by week. And if we’re able to do that, and fight every game, we’re going to put ourselves in a great position to make a run. As long as we fight, the way we know how we can fight. We’ll be fine.

Joe: Was the fight there against Miami?

Davin Joseph: The fight was there. The execution was not there. But the fight was there. Some guys really going out and giving up their body and making special plays, really on defense. Really going out there and executing and playing physical. On the offensive side of the ball, our chemistry wasn’t quite there and we didn’t make great adjustments. But the fight was there. You saw guys finishing blocks and being aggressive. That’s what has to be consistent. And it’s been that way. We can correct everything else.

7 Responses to “Davin Joseph Says O-Line Has A Ways To Go”

  1. George C. Costanza Says:

    I like that guy, Joe.

  2. Sgt Mike Says:

    I like that guy because he stuck up for his teammate after they gave him a cheap shot he knocked them back. While some call that a bad penalty, I call it put other teams on notice to keep it clean or 313lb DJ will be puttin a foot in that ass. This guy is a monster. DJ keep it up.

  3. leningan Says:

    i was fine with that penalty mike, but the next three (on three consecutive plays, including one that nullified a field goal) made me think Kenyatta had returned…

  4. Sgt Mike Says:

    Yeah, I’d rather him make the blatant ones but I hate those cheap BS ones.

  5. BigMacAttack Says:

    DJ is my favorite player on the team. I love his radio show with the Big Dog. He’s a very smart and humble guy, but a complete mauler or road grader. He reminds me of King Kong with dreads. I remember when they drafted Davin. We said “who the Fu…”. Immediately started reading all we could on him and it was positive. He started out looking good and then the injury. A healthy DJ is a big plus. I’ve been pretty impressed with Penn so far. He is staying on his man and not losing battles. The rush getting in was the blitz overloads with no backs picking it up. Nice report Joe. Glad to see you getting inside for these interviews. Keep up the good work. Can you ask them why they can’t get the ball to K2. I don’t think the QB’s even look for him.

  6. Johnny Mac Says:

    Joseph played great against Miami. I like the swagger in him. He exudes toughness. He plays by example. The picture of him they posted Saturday night looked wicked though. He looked like James Earl Jones (Thulsa Doom) character from Conan the Barbarian.

  7. Lucian Joseph Says:

    Totally agree with Davin. Looks like I see slight trouble but I’m totally havin faith in u Davin also the rest of this team !