One Dimensional O-Line Was Good Enough

November 16th, 2014

BuccaneersOlineAll offseason, Joe wrote about how the Tampa Bay offensive line was being built to pass block but it was hard to imagine them as punishing run blockers.

Anthony Collins? Pass blocking was his major strength in Cincinnati.

Center Evan Dietrich-Smith was busy keeping Aaron Rodgers upright in Green Bay.

Demar Dotson has never been much in the running game.

Then the Bucs traded for Logan Mankins, a notorious Patriots run blocker, but he hasn’t showed that ability here.

After 10 games, it’s clear the Bucs’ offensive line is a one-dimensional unit. Today, in the 27-7 drubbing of the Redskins, Bucs running backs had 18 carries for 40 yards. That’s heinous, especially considering the Bucs were playing with a lead and were effective in their passing game.

Bobby Rainey had five carries for four yards. Rookie Charles Sims churned out 36 yards on 13 carries. Injured Doug Martin? He’s been totally ineffective this season. Mike James is averaging less than two yards per carry.

This morning, former Bucs tight end Anthony Becht was animated on WDAE-AM 620 calling for the Bucs’ O-line and de facto offensive coordinator Marcus Arroyo to repeat exactly what they did in the first half against Cleveland. That was the last time the Bucs had a competent rushing attack. Before that, it was in Week 2.

At this point, it seems the Bucs likely need to pass to set up the run. Why not more slant passes? If the running game hasn’t jelled organically at this point, it’s unlikely to appear this season.

Today, being one dimensional was more than good enough, but that can’t sustain itself.

21 Responses to “One Dimensional O-Line Was Good Enough”

  1. Ray Rice Says:

    O-Line is horrible!

  2. sho-nuff Says:

    the team needs to blanket party dotson and the punter…absolute punks that deserve a beating

  3. Glennon Sucks Says:

    Sho nuff… The punter had his best game of the year.

  4. Major Says:

    Today the O-line dominated 60% of their pass protection plays. Enough plays to allow for receivers to work open and for Josh to make the right reads, but it still couldn’t be confused as a clinic. The run blocking is non existent. The only run plays that had some daylight were toss sweeps, with WR’s blocking. It says a lot about a team when their best run yardage is gained by running away from the offensive line, instead of the persistent bang your head against the wall run up the middle plays that every defense expects us to run because we are so darn predictable.

    offensive line today C …that’s baby steps but way better than an F

  5. Brandon Says:

    sho-nuff Says:
    November 16th, 2014 at 7:00 pm
    the team needs to blanket party dotson and the punter…absolute punks that deserve a beating

    Dotson has been our best olinemen the past two seasons. Maybe you need the blanket party. Screw it, we can have your party without the blanket.

  6. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    We should play-action on all first downs……nobody smells a pass…..we are so predictable….
    Also, where are our screens/slants & TEs….this is 2 weeks in a row where I think we targeted TEs 2 or 3 times.

  7. NewTampaChris Says:

    Hey, man, as long as McCown looks like the second coming of Daryle Lamonica, I’m all on board with the O-Line!

  8. Capt.Tim Says:

    “Crybaby” McCown makes the Line much better than it is.
    And is capable of being a pass first offense

    Works for me

  9. Pickgrin Says:

    So much for the big theory that Doug Martin has “lost it”. This OLine cannot run block well at all. IMO we need to reboot again and acquire at least 3 (if not 5) new faces on the Oline for next year via draft and FA. Gotta get better up front if we want to have a decent offense. Simple as that….

  10. sho-nuff Says:

    really? I still haven’t seen a kick off get into the end zone and because he had 1 good punt it is a good day?

    Brandon, Dotson was geeting trucked the whole game and his penalties didn’t help…but you go ahead be “that” buc fan…the kind that pays for mediocre

    pppffttt *wave off

  11. The Ether Says:

    The line & McCown could have been sooo much better!

    Arroyo called 17 runs out out of 20 1st downs… Mix it up Marcus!!! But McCown & the O-Line STILL were able to get passes off to the Young Buc! …In stride! Fcukin Loved It!!

  12. Glennon Sucks Says:

    Sho nuff.. Did you watch the game? He punted well all day. Not just once.

  13. BucFan20 Says:

    And the offense was still able to score 14 pts. Cold in the first half hot in the second. Nothing has changed. Make it sound as pretty as you want. A great feeling to win yes. But against just as bad a team as ours. Just the usual kickers pt and for once a pick for 6 make it look better.

  14. ddneast Says:

    Today was the first day Koenan didn’t get his kicks into the end zone for the most part . I believe he got two in that were run out. His punting, however, was much better.
    Ether, you nailed it although I thought the Bucs only passed once on first down.
    Bucfan20, you sound like the proverbial grumpy dad. Nothing is ever good enough. This is a team that just rolled the cowboys and knocked Romo out of the game.
    No doubt they are better without RG as QB, but that is Dan Snyder’s decision.
    Did anyone else get tired of the announcers gushing over RG like I did?

  15. Flmike Says:

    That was broadcast pairing was literally Fox’s Z team…

  16. BucFan20 Says:

    Well moron. how many games have we lost when the offense only scores 14 points? Against good teams it will not get it done! And our team is the team is the same team that beat the Steelers with Glennon @ QB.

  17. buc4lyfe Says:

    A win is a win no matter who your playing especially when that other team has more wins than us. You don’t reboot, this ain’t fan duel or fantasy football or Madden. You create competition of course because other than Dotson everyone was given a starting role. I think with another off season this line will jell if they are close enough and not just starters I’m talking everyone and this is a great chance to create depth something we have with zuttah already but lovie is kinda slow when it comes to lineman and quarterbacks.

    Go 5-11 your first year as a head coach then 11-5 then 13-3…. In on board with giving lovie more time to install a proven system and more talent to run it especially when you almost shut down to speedy receivers like those

  18. Wesley Says:

    I’d hate to see them give up on Martin, these guys don’t produce running lanes, besides Rainy for one game (browns).

  19. peter Says:

    wins at this point keep us from drafting the best QB available.
    are we really rooting for this mediocre team to works its way out of it’s choice of QB in the 2015 draft ? We are clearly going nowhere this year.

  20. Joe Says:

    wins at this point keep us from drafting the best QB available.
    are we really rooting for this mediocre team to works its way out of it’s choice of QB in the 2015 draft ? We are clearly going nowhere this year.

    Joe is convinced most Bucs fans don’t like quarterbacks and would be much happier b!tching about a lame offense than being entertained with someone who can throw the ball with skill and talent.

    You don’t get a good quarterback by trolling unemployment offices.

  21. Phillip Says:


    LMAO so true…

    We got clowns saying QB isn’t our biggest weakness and we can get that in another draft or late in the draft lol… Sure lets keep drafting the Josh Johnson’s and Bruce Gradkowski’s of the world maybe we will hit on a Tom Brady in about 17 years..

    Mike Evans ALONE should be enough reason for us to go out and get a damn 1st round QB who has POTENTIAL to be a great player for us for many years to come.. Kid is 21 and already a complete stud.. I want a Brett Hundley or Marcus Mariota throwing TD passes to him for the next 10 plus years..

    Bucs fans are like the people who constantly start sentences with the following…

    Back in my day..