Major Decisions Coming Along Offensive Line

October 31st, 2010

The Bucs ran the ball exceptionally well and the pass blocking was top notch in today’s victory in Arizona. And they did thats all behind three inexperienced second-teamers along the offensive line: backup center Jeremy Zuttah (only his third start at the position) and rookie Ted Larsen and first time starter James Lee.

Amazing what a difference a real running back can make. The Cardinals had five sacks last week, and this crew kept Freeman clean — nearly spotless. Joe has to tip his cap to O-line coach Pete Mangurian.

Of Freeman’s two sacks, one was tight end John Gilmore’s fault and the other was because Freeman held on to the ball for an eternity.

Now what?

Word is Jeff Faine might be healthy for Sunday’s game in Atlanta. Jeremy Trueblood could be ready, too. And those guys are old timers on a super young roster that wants to play and develop young players.

As Joe wrote this morning, contract-year Trueblood might not get another start if Lee played well today. And despite two rather expected false start calls — it was his first start in a loud dome — Lee played got the job done nicely.

Darnell Dockett who?

Joe would love to see Raheem give this line another shot in Atlanta.

23 Responses to “Major Decisions Coming Along Offensive Line”

  1. sensiblebuc Says:

    Bye Trueblood and Faine. It’s been a pleasure.

  2. Chargedcbh Says:

    Keep Lee out there, go back and watch the game winning drive against the Rams. He stood his ground against Long, I know Free is laid back but it’s nice to see him get pissed off once in awhile and get in somebodys face. Don’t take is coolness as a weakness!

  3. Troxell8t8 Says:

    I still want Faine in at center, move Zuttah back to LG. I like Larsen, let him continue to develop. I definitely let Lee start over Trueblood.

  4. Buc You Says:

    The only thing raheem is good for is being a cheerleader.

    His defense stinks. He is blessed that the rookie QB threw all those ints. His team is playing sloppy and always making mistakes. I blame Raheem the coach for the awful cohesion.

    Now the talent on offense, amazing. With Blount running the ball, it just opens the offense up more than ever. Freeman now can go deep, and it is looking real good. The Bucs offense is looking great, their special teams looks good. Some individual defensive players are making plays, but Raheem Morris is doing a piss poor job at coaching.

    He should be demoted to team cheerleader, because that’s all he’s good for.

  5. Alex Says:

    Not sure if anyone else noticed, but Zuttah has had a tendency the past few weeks to make lofty shotgun snaps. It throws off the timing of Freeman’s reads and passes… Other than that, not a bad job by them this week.

  6. sensiblebuc Says:

    @ Troxell8t8

    Zuttah is the center of the future. We should let Faine finish the year, cut or trade him and elevate Zuttah to center. Also, Zuttah cannot play guard. He literally gets blown up EVERY play when I’ve seen him play due to his weak lower body.

  7. sensiblebuc Says:

    Buc You = Comedian

  8. Buc You Says:

    Faine is one of the best in the game. It was Carnel who was the problem, not the oline.

  9. lightningbuc Says:

    Buc You,

    Buc You! You’re an idiot! Always making mistakes?? I guess that is how they had four INT’s and took two of them for TD’s. Goodnight hater!

  10. Troxell8t8 Says:


    I do understand your point. I just think Larsen right now is not a better option at LG. Not saying he won’t be capable in the future. Also, I think the coaching staff will still have loyalty to Faine. It will certainly be an interesting week. I certainly give a lot of credit to Zuttah, Larsen, and Lee today, they did a very good job.

  11. Buc You Says:

    You gotta admit, Raheems team is making a lot of stupid mistakes and it all is attributed to poor coaching.

    It appears the players are just making dynamic game-saving plays… and that credit goes to the players and the weak competition, not the coach.

    If anyone gets credit, you gotta hand it to Greg Olson and Mark Dominick. But Raheem Morris, well, other than his cheerleading, the idiot is killing us.

  12. Hawaiian Buc Says:

    @Buc You,

    Please tell me what is your problem. You have major issues, and I feel sorry for you. We gave up 35 points, yes, but 14 were direct results from turnovers. We held them to 100 yards rushing offense (30 on one play). It’s the M-F NFL dude, other teams can score too. Don’t give me that BS about rookie QB’s (the rookie threw 2, Anderson threw 2-not a rookie), because last I checked we are leading the NFL in INT’s. It’s one excuse after another with you, and it is pretty comical. You are quick to blame Raheem for every loss, yet never give him an ounce of credit for the wins. Wins are hard to come by in the NFL, ask the 24 teams in the league with a worse record than us. It just makes a man wonder, why such a deep hatred for a man working his ass off to make this team relevant again? We are 5-2, and all you want is to put him on the streets. Sad, pathetic, and sickening are the words I use to describe you.

  13. New Era Buc Says:

    Rahemm is going to win coach of the year. Great win bucs and great win for all the real buc fans. And Max Hall still sucks

  14. Aldo Says:

    i guess we can keep jeff faine, hes a leader and plays well on center, but trueblood is not to keep, i apreciate the time and all that, but i guess lee is way better right now!!!!

  15. sensiblebuc Says:

    @ Hawaiian

    Don’t worry about Zero…err…Buc You man! We won! His criticisms are rendered moot.
    I’ve got to give Buc You credit though, at least he showed up to take his medicine!

  16. Pete 422 Says:

    I’d like to see Faine back at center (no brainer in my book) and Zuttah at LG. Lee is fine in place of Trueblood.

    The fact Faine gets hurt each year concerns me. Isn’t Larson a natural center? Maybe he can be the eventual answer there?

    Yeah, “Darnell Dockett who” is right. Mayebe he can tweet what it’s like to be “shaken off by Freeman.

  17. Hawaiian Buc Says:

    @Buc You,

    What stupid mistakes??? Having his player fumble? You’re right, what an idiot. He probably coached Sammie to muff that punt. I know, he had Barth intentionally have that FG blocked. He’s won 5 tight games (out of 5 possible), yet he should receive none of the credit. You are a tool.

  18. BigMacAttack Says:

    I agree with you Joe. Why change it when it’s working? No one should be anointed anything. Josh Freeman is outstanding!!!

  19. Max Says:

    I want this line


  20. gotbbucs Says:

    Faine will come back in as a stater although I personally think he’s overrated and will be dealt in the offseason, Zuttah and Larson will probably platoon at LG, and Lee will keep his job at RT.

    Nice input Buc You, spoken like a true idiot. Players play the game, coaches can only put them in positions to make plays. Fumbles and missed assignments can’t be put on the Head Coach, especially with a young roster like this. Why don’t you at least wait until they lose another game before you start spewing your BS nonsense again.

  21. gitarlvr Says:

    Buc You- I’ve got you figured out man. Your just trying to provide the comic relief.

  22. Capt.Tim Says:

    Love Zuttah at Center! Not so at LG. Agree with Joe, line looked real good as is.Let’s not be hasty in bringing the old( unproductive) guys back. Let’s let them get plenty of recovery time!

  23. DRB Says:

    Anyone wanna take a wild guess as to what political party Buc You belongs to?……………