Schiano Confident In Trueblood’s Movability

October 10th, 2012

More head-coach love today for Jeremy Trueblood, who might make his first career start at guard.

Recently we learned that Greg Schiano loves Jeremy Trueblood.

Today we found out that the leader of the New Schiano Order is still considering Trueblood to start at guard Sunday against the Chiefs, despite Trueblood not having a chance to practice at the position in pads on Monday because of a stomach bug.

“Jeremy’s a very intelligent football player who’s very experienced. So I think he has a much better chance of grasping things in a short amount of time,” Schiano said of Trueblood this afternoon. “You know, his best buddy Davin [Joseph] has played guard next to him for a long time. Different scheme? Yes. But they work together on so many different things that I think he has a good understanding.”

Schiano went on to say all his potential starting right guards have a good understanding, but coaches will have to figure out who’s the best fit for the Chiefs on Sunday.

Joe’s not optimistic about what Trueblood might look like at guard, but it would be interesting to watch.

Also, Joe wonders whether Trueblood will get the nod if there’s no clear cut winner of the job. The newly moved back NFL trade deadline is looming at the end of October, and Trueblood could be a prime trade target for a contending team looking for a quick fix at right tackle. If he can prove versatile, as well, there’s a better chance the Bucs could move him and score a draft pick for him.

Trueblood is a free agent after this season.

24 Responses to “Schiano Confident In Trueblood’s Movability”

  1. Jbrooks8604 Says:

    I’m thinking he is an upgrade from Larsen in run blocking at least.

  2. Josh Says:

    Drew Brees could not pass behind that line. LT=6-5, LG=6-5, C=6-4, RG=6-8, RT=6-9. Wow.

  3. bucfanlostiniowa Says:

    I like Trueblood , not even sure why, perhaps because he’s like me, big and angry LOL

  4. BigMacAttack Says:

    You know I said these things about Trueblood when Davin went down, that he should know the RG position better than anyone on the team. He is big and strong, a little tall for a guard but he should be able to play it well. I look forward to seeing what he can do at RG hopefully this Sunday.

  5. SteveK Says:

    Aaron Sears where are you? Oh, that’s right, you are a Buc draft pick.

  6. Mike J Says:

    Is it just me, or is Trueblood sick a lot??

  7. Capt. Jean Lafitte Says:

    I think this is a sure fire upgrade to the RG position. With less space to occupy and his above average run blocking skills, this might be the ideal spot for Trueblood. The position is different from the tackle position where he started in a 2-point stance and had to move laterally to stay on blocks.The only problem I foresee is his height. If he can adjust to staying low in his blocks and driving his counterparts off the line of scrimmage, he should excel at the new position, which is exactly what the Bucs need to have success.

  8. james in dunedin Says:

    count on a couple of drive killing false starts from the guard position…

  9. Capt. Jean Lafitte Says:


    being closer to center and closer to the QB cadence might help to eliminate false starts. Plus, Jeremy won’t feel the need to get a head start advantage on defending the outside pass rush. Will he no longer get false start penalties remains to be seen but this should help him.

  10. Jrock Says:

    Aaron Sears was a 2007 all pro rookie dude, he was a stud until mental issues came up after he got a concussion. You sound like an asshat, Steve.

    On Trueblood though, would LOVE to see us snag a 3-4th round pick for him. We could find a suitable upgrade in the draft, he gets way too many penalties and isn’t worth it in the passing game.

  11. JonBuc Says:

    I’d settle for an 8th round pick in next years draft. He flashed early in his career. Is a bit stiff…if not a bit of a stiff now.

  12. Miracle Says:

    What would be Trueblood’s motivation to play well at the position? There’s no way he is going to knock off Joseph when he returns. His only shot at staying on the team is at the RT. I’m sure he knows this

  13. BigMacAttack Says:

    I think Trueblood has all the incentive in the world. If he can dominate at RG he may keep the job. He makes far less money than Joseph and either could become trade bait, but it is doubtful Trueblood could take the job for good.

  14. Capt. Jean Lafitte Says:


    Because his marketability at RT has diminished and his only smart career move would be to show his versatility on the offensive line. Knowbody expects him to unseat Joseph but his future stock in the open market will be greatly rewarded especially if he does excel at the Guard position.

  15. skp Says:

    i think coaching him to play 2 spots instead of one is not so much about him starting at RG…at least not right away. if penn goes down our best option would be swing dotson to the left and give Jeremy his job back – not possible during a game unless trueblood is active. if Jeremy can be an emergency guard and play 2 more positions in a pinch, he is no longer a candidate to be inactive on game day. i don’t think trueblood or any other expendable buc would garner much trade interest, unfortunately. it’s a good bet that if Schiano is talking this expansively about it, it is not involved in Sunday’s gameplan

  16. Jbrooks8604 Says:

    Bigmac attack

    No way we let go of Joseph for Trueblood. That’s an insane suggestion.

  17. Miracle Says:

    It could just be my opinion and its not worth much but there’s not much of a ceiling for him at guard. If he does well then he very well could be relegated as a backup swing OL? As someone whom has started his entire career, this is not a move forward. He is pretty much in a no-win situation for himself with the Bucs. I think he’ll play hard and tough, but I would be surprised if he’s looking forward to this “opportunity”. Its probably the best move for the Bucs but its not for Trueblood.

  18. jlynch Says:


  19. Jbrooks8604 Says:

    He’s 27 and has 6 years in the league. Let’s hold off the retirement talk. And to het rid of a team leader and arguably the most talented player on the team would cause my head to explode. It doesn’t make sense any way you look at it.

  20. bucfanjeff Says:

    Trueblood at RG could earn him a longer spot on this team. When you have a player that can play G and T, it helps your team…ask Zuttah. He may even be very good at G.

    We still need to see him play, but if the results are good, you find a way to reasonably keep him.

  21. Jbrooks8604 Says:

    Agree with you there bucfanjeff. Schiano has stated he’s a big fan of guys that can play multiple positions and Trueblood recently took a paycut so he’s not that pricey.

  22. gotbbucs Says:


    It will take Joseph a long time to come back from this knee injury. His legs weren’t in great shape to begin with. It would be very foolish to expect him to be back at full strength next year and even more foolish to not have a backup plan for him possibly never being the same again. We will draft his replacement this coming year. Either that or we’ll draft a center and Zuttah will move over.
    As far as Trueblood goes, he has awful knee bend so I can’t see him being worth much at guard, but what can it really hurt to try at this point? They have some money invested in him so they might as well try to figure out a reason to have him active on Sundays. I tink decent DT’s will probably destroy him bull rushing. He really doesn’t have much trade value either, certainly nowhere close to a 3 or 4 like someone suggested.

  23. jlynch Says:

    not my idea of losing Davin it was brought up here after his knee injury

  24. T. Bass Says:

    Wow!! I saw this coming at least 3 weeks ago, Trueblood is better suited for guard anyway because his constant struggle was against speed rushers…. At guard, its more about using power and leverage than dealing with speed… PREDICTION… If Blount starts, 100 yd day for him… BOOK IT