“I Love Trueblood”

October 1st, 2012

Beat out for a starting job by Demar Dotson (who was beaten badly Sunday by Ryan Kerrigan), Bucs veteran right tackle Jeremy Trueblood has an admirer. That would be Greg Schiano.

Speaking to media types today, Schiano dismissed any talk that there are hidden meanings to Trueblood being an inactive player for yesterday’s game.

“I love Trueblood,” Schiano said, calling Trueblood “hard-working, attention to detail, tough.”

“Blood is a team guy,” Schiano continued, explaining Trueblood was an eager and active participant on gameday.

So why was Trueblood a cheerleader Sunday? Schiano said it was a simply a matter of other offensive lineman being more versatile as reserves.

28 Responses to ““I Love Trueblood””

  1. passenger27 Says:

    In other words I dnt want to say anything negative about Trueblood (his only real talent being an oversized brut) because we still hope to trade him for possibly a late round draft pick

  2. bucfever40 Says:

    As much as I love to hear that from coach, it just doesn’t make sense to me….so you love him like you love your waterboy? If he’s as good as you say, then there should have been NO reason he was not dressed, I hate this ambiguity speak, where we have to figure the riddles out, if you love him, then at least dress the guy!

  3. TheTaylorPrice Says:

    He loves and has tremendous respect for Trueblood because he comes to in and works hard everyday. He’s staying positive and continuing to work even after watching his best friend go down and losing his job. Theres nothing wrong with sitting a guy who is obviously a one trick pony or in his case, clydesdale.

  4. skp Says:

    bucfever, when you have a good team that reflects your philosophy as a coach, you should be pumped up about players 1 through 61 on your roster. heck i’d say it’s more important to “love” your backups because they should have a team-first attitude and find ways to add value from the sideline. presumably, even if you’re not head over heels about a starter, he can do stuff that you love on sundays. backups, you’ve gotta love what they do for you in practice and from the sidelines

  5. 1976Buc Says:

    There’s a lot about this coach that doesn’t make sense.

  6. Macabee Says:

    It was a tradeoff. Trueblood can only play RT. Meredith can play RT or LT. If you needed another position on the field or back-up it makes sense. The next team and it’s respective defensive scheme may call for something different and Trueblood may get the call. I understood the logic!

  7. Teddy Says:

    That’s a four-million-dollar one-trick-pony, Mr, Price.

    Or maybe it’s Ms. Price. I don’t know. Taylor is rather gender-ambiguous. Wouldn’t want to short-change any female posters, since the only one I know of goes by the name of Thomas 2.2 around these parts.

  8. Brandon Says:

    I’m pretty sure Schiano was talking about the HBO vampire series “True Blood”. Not so much myself, my wife, yes, I definitely prefer “The Walking Dead” but a large margin. If we don’t start getting some wins soon, that will be the only thing I’ll be looking forward to.

    Dotson did okay against Kerrigan, one sack given up isn’t exactly getting owned. Trueblood would routinely give up two sacks and 3-4 pressures to top edge rushers.

  9. Teddy Says:

    Don’t forget two false start penalties and a holding call.

  10. 1976Buc Says:

    I made this post on another topic but if the shoe fits:

    We have coaches that appear to be having issues recognizing personnel strengths and weaknesses. We have some very talented young players that obviously not being used to the best of their ability, reminiscent of our Steve Young/Doug William days. A big part of being a successful coach at any level is knowing your players and play to their strengths. We appear to be playing to a lot of our weakness for whatever reason.

  11. Hawaiian Buc Says:


    I’m not necessarily saying I disagree with you, but I think you may be overestimating our talent. Ask yourself this, are we more talented than the Dallas Cowboys? I can’t stand Romo, but he’s better than Freeman (which ultimately is the deciding factor). How many all-pro players do they have versus what we have? Same applies for all 4 teams we’ve played thus far this season. We all, as Buccaneer fans, fall into the trap of thinking our players are great because we know so much about them, but often times its simply not true. Do we have one player on our team that another team would be willing to give up a first or second round pick for? I don’t think so. I think we have a decent amount of talent, definitely enough to win some games with. However, we aren’t more talented than the teams we are playing, at least not enough to where we should blow them out. The games we win are going to be close. Until Freeman gets his head on straight, we won’t win many. That’s on him, not on the coaching. Coaches don’t throw late across the middle. Coaches don’t hold the ball 3 seconds on a 3 step drop. Coaches don’t have him throw the ball 4 yards behind his receivers. Certainly he has probably been hindered by poor playcalling, but ultimately he has to make the throws. Trust me, there are plenty of QB’s in the NFL that could. You are crazy if you think otherwise.

  12. 1976Buc Says:

    I don’t disagree Hawaiian. My point being that the coaches don’t seem to be helping. Example, if you know the O-line is struggling stop running up their a$$ game after game. Call some plays that help the situation. Freeman to be honest has not shown any consistency this year or last, not sure what to do for that lol. I guess that’s why I’ll keep my day job 🙂 If they can’t recognize strengths at least don’t play into our weaknesses.

  13. Hawaiian Buc Says:


    Yeah, I really don’t like the play calling either, especially with the runs up the gut. Would it kill us to run a damn sweep? I’ve seen other teams in the league do it, so I’m pretty sure it’s not a violation, lol. I think I’m just so used to that type of play calling, since that’s all we’ve ever done in the 20 something years I’ve been watching the Bucs.

  14. MTM Says:

    Schiano you are in rare company. “False Start” I mean Trueblood is hard to watch anymore.

  15. Eric Says:


    I’ve been watching for 36 yers and am still waiting for a top notch offense. One would think it would have happened by accident by now.

  16. Vic Says:

    Eric, you won a Super Bowl with three receivers catching a combined 200+ balls with a punishing running game and an accurate quarterback

  17. Hawaiian Buc Says:


    Offense was far from explosive our Super Bowl year. They did play lights out in the playoffs, but throughout the year, they were nothing special. But compared to the last few years, they were the Greatest Show on Turf.

  18. 1976Buc Says:

    The offense played just good enough but the defense won the championship. This administration is unproven in drafts. Compare players drafted the past 4 years, there are very few that made a consistent impact game after game. 1st round picks especially. Hawaiian Buc made me really think about our quality of players we have and he is absolutely right.

  19. Eric Says:


    True enough. Brad played really well and so did the offense. And super well in that play off run as Hawaiian pointed out. Good Lord we actually had a Super Bowl run! Sounds silly to even say now!

    I’m talking about a high octane Brees, Manning, Brady type of thing(as Gene would say)that really attacked and put up big numbers. 4000 passing yards and such.

    All our best teams were led by the defense even in McKay era. And Dungy and Jon era too.

    Like everyone else I’d love the super bowl offense back…..hell I’m almost longing for Brian Griese and Garcia.

  20. T. Bass Says:

    Maybe Trueblood is working hard to be moved to RG, speed rushers has always been his BIG problem… I wouldn’t mind seeing him there

  21. Hawaiian Buc Says:

    One thing we can’t really do as fans is accurately determine what is the problem. Is it the coaching? Is it the schemes? Is it the players? Is it the play calling? Is it just plain bad luck? Is it the QB? More than likely, it’s a combination of all those things, but it’s impossible for us to know. Hell, even if you gave me the coaches film for every game, I still would have no clue.

    Personally, I think we have enough talent to be pretty good. I think one thing about us is that we have a bunch of pretty good to good players (probably more than most teams), but few (if any) great players. If you look at our drafts over the last few years, we have actually drafted a higher number of quality players than the other teams in our division. However, we don’t have any Jimmy Graham’s, Cam Newton’s, or Julio Jones’s. We just haven’t been able to get that special player that opponents go crazy trying to defend (or stay away from). We need Josh Freeman to be that special player, but it hasn’t worked out that way. If he does, we will be in great shape. If not, we will continue down this road of mediocrity until we find someone special. And I don’t care if Vince Lombardi rises from the grave and coaches us, that is the reality.

  22. NavyBuc Says:

    Can he tackle? The way Talib played, i would rather see True out there!

  23. St Augustine Says:

    So Hawaiian, in summary we need Matt Barkley. That’s all you had to say. =)

  24. Jamaica Buc Says:

    Josh Free keeps making the case for drafting a QB!

  25. Hawaiian Buc Says:

    St. Augustine,

    Not a fan of Matt Barkley at all. It’s easy to be a good QB when you play in a conference with no defense and your players are much more talented than your opponents. Have you seen any successful USC QB’s as of late?

  26. Miguel El Magnifico Says:

    Under the tutelage of the Little General, the Bucs are doomed to mediocrity.

    Check out Schiano’s first four years at Rutgers.

    On December 1, 2000, Schiano accepted the head coaching position at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. In 2001, his first season as head coach, the Scarlet Knights posted a 2–9 record (0–7 in the Big East), followed by a 1–11 mark (0–7 Big East) in 2002. This was followed by a 5–7 record (2–5 Big East) in 2003. In 2004, Schiano took on defensive coordinator responsibilities as well, and the team finished 4–7 (1–5 Big East). Although Schiano was producing solid recruiting classes, especially by Rutgers standards, his 3-24 record in conference games and 4–17 record in road games in those first four years were a cause for concern for some fans.

    In the 2006 season, Schiano’s motivational phrase “keep choppin'” became part of the lexicon of college football.

    In 11 years, he was 1 game over .500.

    Dominick could draft Joe Montana, Walter Payton, Jerry Rice and Ray Lewis every year, it still wouldn’t change.

  27. Miguel El Magnifico Says:

    Oregon is in the Pac-10 and they stopped Arizona 6 times in the red zone for 0 points. That’s defense!

  28. Teddy Says:

    So, Miguel, when did you graduate from merely Grande to El Magnifico?

    Can we expect you to refer to yourself in the third party in your posts going forward?