The Collapse Of The Offensive Line

October 14th, 2014
It's kind of hard for a quarterback to throw the ball when he's prone on the ground.

It’s kind of hard for a quarterback to throw the ball when he’s prone on the ground.

Many Bucs fans were irrational the way they attacked the offensive line. Joe thought it was lazy to lay all the blame for Doug Martin being a shell of his former self on the O-line.

Not every decent running back has the 1976 Raiders blocking for him. There’s this little concept of a running back making would-be tacklers miss that Martin either has forgotten or no longer can do. But, of course, let’s blame the offensive line. Martin is such a huggable person, he simply cannot be at fault.

Well, Sam Monson of Pro Football Focus would blame the offensive line. At least, how it played Sunday. Monson took to Twitter after watching film of the Crows-Bucs game and implied the Bucs’ front line was scared of the Crows.

So the Bucs’ offensive line couldn’t adjust? Imagine that. Joe guesses failure to adjust is not just a defensive trait. It’s almost as if Greg Schiano is back. Worse actually.

Remember one of the best two series Mike Glennon ever had was when he ran a no-huddle last year against the 49ers. But Schiano put a kibosh on that because he said the Bucs never practiced it? The information from various sources makes it sounds like Schiano was back coaching the Bucs on Sunday.

The Crows totally caught the Bucs off guard and Tampa Bay never adjusted. Was that Schiano on the sidelines Sunday dressed as Lovie?

27 Responses to “The Collapse Of The Offensive Line”

  1. dick2111 Says:

    The photo kind of says it all. I’m sure Mike Glennon felt like a piñata by the end of the game.

  2. Paul Says:

    our offense looks better in 2nd half because teams go to prevent defense to preserve their massive leads.

  3. Richbucsfan Says:

    According to Lovie both the offense and defense are just fine. What do we know, we’re only fans. He’s the expert.

  4. Casual Observer Says:

    No adjustment is on the coaches, of course. Good question why they didn’t. Feel for MGs battering.

  5. meh Says:

    I don’t see why you wouldn’t blame the line. They’ve been terrible this season. Even on the rare occasion when they’ve managed to pass block, there is zero push in the run game. Awful. Awful. Historically bad.

  6. BucFan20 Says:

    I guess all the teams we play that watch film better stop going in to “prevent defense”. Because so far it has not worked.

  7. NewTampaChris Says:

    If I were Gerald McCoy, I’d be saying, “Well, I don’t want a contract negotiation to be a distraction, so let’s wait until after the season.” Then I’d sign with a real team as soon as I could.

  8. Tom Edrington Says:

    Total failure of the pro personnel department in evaluating this overpaid, over-the-hill, ain’t got it anymore free agents…..the old saying “you get what you pay for” certainly doesn’t apply to these bums!


  9. ElioT Says:

    They’ll have to tag GMC to keep him around next year.

    Why would he want to stay with this joke of a franchise?

    Bucs Suck!

  10. port richey george Says:

    it was horrible seeing the wave of purple jerseys knocking down mike glennon. the offensive line of the bucs couldn’t stop the purple wave.
    MG is the future of the team. it won’t do any good for MG
    to sustain a season ending injury. he was pushed down to the ground and slammed into even if he got rid of the ball.
    so sad…

  11. bucrightoff Says:

    Going to need to draft many offensive lineman in the coming years. No one on the current line inspires much confidence.

  12. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Time to give our two Oline draft picks some experience……hare to believe they could be worse…..If that strategy is good for Glennon….its good for them too.
    Glad to see Herron is getting some snaps….looked OK Sunday.
    ASJ & Evans are getting great experience and win Sims comes back I assume he will to.

    I hate to say this but its time to start looking toward the future…….again!!!

  13. Luther Says:

    The OL is terrible and Martin can’t make anyone miss. Double trouble for the running game when he’s in the game. As for pass protection, Glennon should be admired for the way he took that beating. I kept thinking of Chris Simms’ and what kind of surgery Glennon would need after I saw him get hit so hard, I thought I might be in pain from watching.

  14. DallasBuc Says:

    The only thing that is irrational is your persistent defense of this oline with regards to the running game.

  15. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    when Sims comes back….

  16. ddneast Says:

    NewTampaChris, you continually post the same thing over and over about McCoy and displaying over and over again how stupid or ignorant you are about the NFL.
    As ElioT so concisely put it, the Bucs cam simply put the franchise tag on McCoy and keep him for at least one more year.
    So please, quit posting that drivel since it is as irrelevant as you.

  17. RealityCheck Says:

    For most of the game, I couldn’t distinguish who was sacking Glennon. There were 3-4 guys arriving simultaneously at times.

  18. Tampabaybucfan Says:


    I’m with you……I wonder if they give out 1/4 sack because sometimes there were 3 or 4 Ravens getting to him.

    A great deal of our early problems fall on playcalling….you could see that our recievers weren’t getting open down field and Glennon held on too long several times because of it….he had no checkdowns to go to and no short open routes.

    We learned one thing for sure…..MG is one very tough QB and can take a beating.

  19. Jonny 2.3 Says:

    So who is at fault here? Obviously the linemen who seem to lack the IQ of picking up players that ARE rushing, but how about the O-line coach? How about the OC that never calls quick slants, which are a killer of blitz looks?

  20. Bogiedr Says:

    Agree with Tampabaybucfan, time to let Pamphile and Edwards play. We drafted them, might as well find out if they can play or not.

  21. Jim Walker Says:

    I am starting to think the Bucs are just plain snake bit.

  22. Ray Rice Says:

    It’s pretty sad when the beginning of the 3rd quarter is considered garbage time. How is it that we are the only ones who suffer from “new systems/coaching” etc.? I mean Arizona had a new D coordinator and they do well, Greg Williams has his D playing better than ours for the Rams, Chip Kelly, etc… We keep blaming the system and how long it will take to learn. Why is it that other teams in new systems thrive but ours?

  23. G8rbuc13 Says:

    The real question here is if you are GMC, why in the world would you want to resign here? He has felt nothing but losing his whole career. It frustrates me to no end because I feel we will lose our best free agents and our product on the field is already a joke and an embarrassment to all fans, NFL players and coaches. I can’t tolerate this garbage any longer. 12-36 in last 48? ARE YOU F’ING SERIOUS!!?

  24. Another J Says:

    The Offensive line has shown us since the preseason that they couldn’t block.
    Now we’re heading into the bye week, and they still can’t block anyone. That falls on the coaches!

  25. Paul Says:

    They blitz every play 1st half and we still had receivers running long developing routes. That’s ass and doesn’t even happen when kids play madden.

  26. buctebow Says:

    Now it may have been an optical illusion, but when Glennon was in the shotgun and the ball was snapped, it appeared that the Ravens were catching up to the ball, I mean actually they penetrated immediately and were traveling faster toward Glennon than the speed of the football. It was like the ball was in slow motion. Incredible.

  27. buctebow Says:

    Isn’t the Center responsible for making assignment audibles to the line? I think that might be part of the problem, he is not too good at that task.