More Praise For New Blocking Icon

November 13th, 2010

Earlier this week, Joe heard Josh Freeman utter the folllowing quote that appears today in a feature story on Cadillac Williams by Woody Cummings of The Tampa Tribune:

“Cadillac knows it as well as anybody,” Freeman said. “We’ll go up to the line and he knows the protection calls and exactly who’s blocking who. “He even knows the offensive line matchups, so if we have a mismatch or they’re stunting inside, he knows he can step up and help a guy out.

“A guy like Cadillac, it’s really impossible to replace what he’s doing for us right now.”

This is all very nice. But while the Bucs can’t replace Cadillac’s blocking prowess, they can adjust the offense to need him to do a lot less of it.

Is that on the way? They have to be smarter about how they use LeGarrette Blount.

Early in the Atlanta game, the Bucs trotted out Blount for the first time, didn’t hand him the ball and stuck him in a position to pick up a blitz. Blount failed and Freeman got nailed.

Joe is stuck on all this because more Blount and less Cadillac is ultimately going to be a key to the Bucs posting a winning season.

8 Responses to “More Praise For New Blocking Icon”

  1. Capt.Tim Says:

    Yeah, that’s the hard part. Teams have already picked up on that. Blount= run, Caddy=pass. Is fix in the offseason, hard to fix now. Wonder when we see Lumpkin? He’s actually got a Lil more experience in the league. Meybe he could have a better handle on the Blocking, and still present a running threat!

  2. Leighroy Says:

    We didnt exactly limit things to blount = run and caddy = pass against the falcons last week so I disagree with that comment capt tim. granted that was a general rule of thumb but there were exceptions to that rule at least a few times. and hey, those are the opportunities when you see draws effective for caddy and play action down the field going to regis or “the real” mike williams

  3. Snook Says:

    Turn him into a fullback!

    If he can block for Freeman, let him block for Blount.

  4. BamBamBuc Says:

    Hey, Blount’s learning. They’ve already showing him how to point at defenders. Now they’re working on telling him WHY he’s pointing at them. I agree with Leighroy though. They are using Blount in play-action, which works pretty well. They have been using Caddy on draw plays. I think there’s also gotta be some limitations to protection packages with Larsen and Lee in the game as to how many different things they can do.

  5. Capt.Tim Says:

    Um, you’d pretty much be wrong on that one fellas. The first passing play that Blount was on for, he missed the LB(I think) completely, and got Freeman drilled!! That was about it for Mr. Blount as a pass blocker. Yah can’t let the Franchise get Blind sided at full speed. I don’t care if it’s a Car, ya ass better dive in front of it!

  6. CalicoJack Says:

    Don’t be ridiculous. The Bucs aren’t winning games by running, unless you’re talking about Freeman…

  7. Jon Says:

    Just so you know, I have a clairvoyant history of buying jerseys of Bucs players who subsequently get injured or cut from the team: Dilfer, Big Baby Marcus Jones, Simeon Rice and unfortunately I didn’t figure out my trend of bad luck before buying a John Lynch jersey.

    I almost bought a Cadillac Williams jersey at buccaneer Heaven today.

  8. gitarlvr Says:

    I came across this article about Blount at the Senior Bowl at I only copied the snippet that surprised me-

    ” Blount was head and shoulders above all the other backs here in pass protection drills.” – Draft Guys (01.26.10)

    So I guess Blount has shown the ability to pass protect before. This gives me hope that it won’t take him too long to get up to speed at blocking here in Tampa.