Dixie Chicks’ O-Line Woes May Help Bucs

September 22nd, 2011

Could Sunday be Adrian Clayborn's breakout NFL game?

It has been well-documented that the Bucs have come out of the starting gate slower than molasses in the first two weeks of the NFL season.

Joe has also documented that this must not continue if the Bucs plan on playing in mid-January.

Sunday, the Bucs have their best chance to get rolling defensively because it seems the Dixie Chicks offensive line has not been exactly rock solid this season.

Per Orlando Ledbetter, of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the Dixie Chicks offensive line has been positively porous so far, giving up nine sacks and 17 hits on Matty Ice.

“We’ve been sweating ourselves and we don’t want to get him hit either,” said Sam Baker. “We really have to pull it together and really firm it up so that he can make plays.”

Last season, the line gave up just 23 sacks and the offensive line was a finalist for the Madden most valuable protectors award, which goes to the NFL’s best offensive line.

Though center Todd McClure may return, this is the Bucs’ best chance to start fast, instead of sleepwalking through the game’s first 30 minutes.

If the Bucs can get a jump on the Dixie Chicks, then it’s time to feed the ball to LeGarrette Blount time and again.

14 Responses to “Dixie Chicks’ O-Line Woes May Help Bucs”

  1. Chris FWC Says:

    Be young. Play hungry. Be youngry my friends.

  2. McBuc Says:

    Joe, I saw that Blount did not practice yesterday, and Morris said he was hopeful for his return on Sunday. Any news you can share? I read it on NFL.com.

  3. McBuc Says:

    Funny thing is there is noty an injury report on him…maybe it is smoke and mirrors.

  4. Paul W. Says:

    Speaking of youngry… did anyone else notice that huge hit Clayborne had on that end around? The more skulls clayborne and foster and price crush the less running backs will want to run into them. Can’t wait to see what happens Sunday.

  5. big007hed Says:

    @Paul I loved that hit he put on the end around…. BUT it was after he bit hard on the end around and had to catch up. I loved that he kept pushing all the way to the play but he didn’t contain on his end

  6. flmike Says:

    @Paul@big007hed, saw that too, he loses contain sometimes, but as soon as he realizes what he did he hustles to be in on the play, never gives up, and hits like a damn truck. Foster too, did you see Peterson bounce off him on the run where he caught him by the ankle, the kid barely move, even being hit by Peterson and the blocker.

  7. Espo Says:

    Maybe we can borrow Trent Cole?

  8. ronnie Says:

    does anybody no were i can get a yungry hat like rah had

  9. Dan Says:

    mcbuc, that was in reference to BLACK (quincey) not blount.

  10. Dan Says:

    as in it was a misprint, or the guy got confused… the person raheem said all that about was blount

  11. Pete 422 Says:

    It seemed to me that Clayborn was breaking contain quite a bit on Sunday? The Vikes were running right around him.

  12. Apple Roof Cleaning Says:

    Tampa has the second lowest sack total in the NFL with 2 currently. It is time for us to bust loose, and what a better time then Atlanta at home. A pity few will turn out to watch the young Bucs.

  13. Blubber Price Says:

    “Chris FWC Says:
    September 22nd, 2011 at 3:24 pm
    Be young. Play hungry. Be youngry my friends.”

    Don’t worry , Brian Price is always hungry.

  14. Dave Says:

    I see Clayborne getting a sack this week. I also see Bennett getting one.
    HOPEFULLY McCoy gets one.