Pete Mangurian Returns, But For How Long?

February 12th, 2010

Prior to the start of last season, Joe was excited.

No, it’s not that Joe was dreaming of Rachel Watson, but Joe thought the Bucs were on the cusp of having a dominant offensive line.

That didn’t happen for a variety of reasons. One was that Aaron Sears was playing hide-and-seek. Another was that Jeremy Zuttah was dinged up. A third, and more likely the problem, was the Bucs and offensive line coach Pete Mangurian were trying to install a zone blocking technique.

Granted, such a complex style of blocking, especially if a line is not used to it, takes time to master. So that could be one reason the Bucs surprisingly struggled up front.

The Bucs offensive line played so subpar that Joe thought Mangurian might just be toast after the season. Apparently, that is not the case. eye-RAH! Kaufman of the Tampa Tribune, via’s Bucs Twitter feed, noted that not only is Mangurian returning for the 2010 season, but he is on thin ice.

It appears OL coach Pete Mangurian will be returning to his post for the Bucs in 2010. His first year on the job was shaky at best.

Let’s be honest here: The entire coaching staff is on thin ice. Raheem the Dream’s entire crew has but one season left on their contracts. The only way Mangurian survives if the team sucks and Raheem the Dream is launched is if the Bucs offensive line returns to its old self and is dominant.

6 Responses to “Pete Mangurian Returns, But For How Long?”

  1. Mike J Says:

    In pass-pro, the Bucs were a bit better than middle-of-the-road in surrendering sacks, but QBs got hit 95 times, not very good. Run-blocking wasn’t great, perusing the NFL O-line stats.But we all expected a top-ten line, with the investment in draft picks and, in Faine’s case, money.

  2. Greg Says:

    Mike, out of those 95 hits on the QBs, I’m curious how many were made when Faine was out of the lineup?

  3. Joe Says:


    Are you suggesting that maybe, perhaps, Sean Mayhem let through a defensive tackle or linebacker or two?

  4. Greg Says:

    Oh yeah I am Joe! I am curious how many of those hits came when Mayhem was in there though. He started what, 4 or 5 games? We’d probably see where a ton of this line’s problem was! I say you change his name to the Matador, because all he did was snap the ball, yell “Ole” and kind of lunge toward someone rushing past him!

  5. Mike J Says:

    No stats on that, I’m afraid, Greg.Byron was an obvious target.Faine is very good at line calls.

  6. Joe Says:


    When Sean Mayhem started at center, it was an absolute jailbreak by the opponent’s defensive line.