X-Factor: Tom Crabtree

November 21st, 2013

Joe’s been searching for answers as to what transformed the Bucs’ offensive line over the past three games.

Could it simply be the addition of left guard Jamon Meredith into the starting lineup? Possibly. But now Joe’s going throw in the X-factor of the Bucs getting back their blocking tight end, Tom Crabtree.

Crabtree (coincidentally?) really emerged healthy in Seattle three weeks ago and has played about 50 snaps a game since.

Joe talked to Crabtree at length today and he dismisses his return as a major factor. Crabtree said consistency “as far as technique and communication as a line and tight ends” has been the difference, along with the magical, hard-to-pin-down reason of “clicking.”

Crabtree also offered another point well taken. Mike Glennon coming out firing against Seattle and becoming a respected diverse threat since is a difference-maker. “That doesn’t do anything but help your running game right there,” Crabtree said.

(Joe will have more on Crabtree later tonight.)

13 Responses to “X-Factor: Tom Crabtree”

  1. The_Buc_Realist Says:

    And you didn’t credit me??? this was all of my comments from your first post this morning about the O-line coming together. Pay attention to the buc realist and you might learn something!

  2. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    The reason nobody pays attention to the Buc Realist is that your posts are always about Dominick….no matter what the subject of the article….you take the opportunity to express your disdain for the “Pop Star”….
    Join us with some intelligent dialogue once in a while…you might find it invigorating.

  3. The_Buc_Realist Says:

    invigorating adn intelligent talk like, ” because of Revis the D-line will dominate because they just need 1 to 1.5 seconds more.” or ” JFro is our best chance to win.” or my personal favorite, ” the Bucs have 9 pro-bowlers and are a lock for the playoffs.”

    No thanks, i will stick with my own shtick. Also Tampabaybucfan, i am offend that you did not mention that other call me an “idiot” but you are not one of them, or something like that.

  4. McBuc Says:

    I posted it the other day, Glennon is the reason. Defenses are not stacking the box, because they have to account for glennon throwing the ball. Freeman did not scare them at all.

  5. Biff Barker Says:

    Glennon had been doing just that with a mostly unproven WR and TE corps too.
    He’s unloading the ball quickly to the open man.
    But he’s had help. We need to credit the OL for their massive improvement! RB’s too.

  6. WinterSpringsBucsFan Says:

    OL’s massive improvement. Even with pro bowler Cark Nicks MIA this O-line is doing a great job.

  7. The_Buc_Realist Says:

    We should all thank Shelton Quarles for finding a good running back on short notice as well.

  8. Bobby Says:

    We should thank Dennis Hickey too but bottom line is they all answer to Dominik so he gets the credit for the signing. Every GM has scouts and heads of player personnel. Dom has several good ones in Quarles and Hickey. By the way, my favorite one from you is “GMC is a bust.”

  9. BigMacAttack Says:

    The Crab looks OAF.

  10. The_Buc_Realist Says:


    then its settled, Bruce Allen found donald penn,

    and your wrong again bobby, I never called GMC a “bust” you must be confusing me with someone else. I would never blame a player for being picked were they were, I would blame the GM that over valued or improper scouting evaluation.

  11. Walter Says:

    lol the realist thought GMC was a bust?? what an idiot.

  12. The_Buc_Realist Says:

    show me were i said that.

  13. BigMacAttack Says:

    It was Mark Dominick that found Donald Penn, I believe on the Vikings practice squad, and pushed Chucky and Bruce to sign him. Pettigout washed out and Penn was a blessing. Credit Dominick for this find.