Upon Further Review, Offensive Line Mortal

August 17th, 2012

The way the Bucs played last week against the putrid Dolphins, it seemed the offensive line was going to lead the way to an offensive renaissance.

A week later, Bucs fans have come back to reality.

Against the Titans, in some cases, the line was porous. Jeremy Trueblood struggled and yes, he was flagged too.

Jeremy Zuttah was abused often.

Even Demar Dotson got burned.

There were a few holes for LeGarrette Blount and Doug Martin to run through. The best run of the night came on the heels of a holding penalty. Once, Blount was nailed by three defenders in the backfield at about the same time he got the handoff.

If the Bucs want to be a strong, smashmouth running team, the offensive line has to do better and it also needs to keep Josh Freeman’s jersey clean. Too often he either had to rush a pass or was flushed out of the pocket, usually from a rush from the right side.

7 Responses to “Upon Further Review, Offensive Line Mortal”

  1. Jarret Says:

    Sometimes it seems like Trueblood doesn’t care and sometimes it seems like he’s just not athletic enough to be a tackle. Either way I can’t believe he’s still on this team.
    Dotson didnt play great but once Penn comes back I’d like to see Dotson moved to the right side. Cant be worse than Trueblood.

  2. BucFan20 Says:

    Many many posters on this site said Zuttah at center was going to be a mistake. Lets hope this gets corrected or he gets replaced. And Trueblood should have been gone already.

  3. 1976buc Says:

    Penn needs to get his act together and get back on the field. This line needs to play together before the season starts.

  4. Eric Says:

    Didn’t look like best offense in Bucs history.

  5. Hawaiian Buc Says:

    “Cant be worse than Trueblood.”


    I was at the Atlanta game last year (Trueblood was out), and I beg to differ. As bad as Trueblood often is, it can be worse.

  6. Miguel Grande Says:

    If the Little General would simply waive the 110×16 sprints for all linemen above 300 LBS, Penn could play next week and Dotson could move to RT. Problem solved!

    Then the HC would lose a little of the butch factor and might be perceived as cerebral. Wouldn’t want that though.

    Maybe we can just wait until the 7th round in next year’s draft, we should be able to land a franchise OT or two.

  7. lurker Says:

    hey all,

    i just got done taking my morning miquel pequeno. it almost wouldn’t flush down!

    i’m getting ready to meet Big Coach Schiano to run some 16×110’s. this helps my conditioning much better than running off at the mouth and crying conspiracy theories.