“Strong At The Point Of Attack”

August 19th, 2015
A former Buccaneer is impressed

Former Bucs were impressed after one game.

Coming out of his first preseason game, the pride of Divison-III Hobart College, Ali Marpet, found some love from Buccaneers past.

Former Bucs right guard Ian Beckles (1990-1996), co-host of Ron and Ian on WDAE-AM 620, is one of the tougher critics of his beloved Bucs. Perhaps it’s the 30 wins in the past 100 games? Joe’s not sure. Regardless, Beckles always has strong opinions when it comes to play in the trenches on both sides of the ball.

So it was heartwarming when Beckles praised Marpet this week.

Beckles called Marpet “strong at the point of attack.” Yes, Beckles could see the power of Marpet, albeit against Vikings’ second-teamers. That’s one reason Beckles wants to see Marpet, and rookie left tackle Donovan Smith, get all kinds of extended playing time in preseason. The Bucs need to evaluate them, and the youngsters desperately need the experience.

Ex-Bucs tight end Anthony Becht also raved about how Marpet finished his blocks and played to the whistle like a hungry dog.

On the down side, Beckles said Marpet looked a little “stiff in the hips,” Beckles said. Let’s hope offensive line coach George Warhop is an upgrade from the Hobart staff, and can help Marpet loosen up.

Keep in mind Marpet played left tackle in college, so his transition is even more difficult.

7 Responses to ““Strong At The Point Of Attack””

  1. Bucwild007 Says:

    This picture is JoeBucsFan GOLD! Please use this whenever referencing Marpet!

  2. Tom S. Says:

    Let’s hope George Warhop is an upgrade from George Warhop. Because that guy was awful.

  3. Just Saying Says:

    Where’s the Realist with his negative comments? Surely he can find some bad in this…

  4. Buc Neckid Says:

    Looks like Lurch

  5. Lakeland Buc Says:

    Ali Marpet and Kevin Pamphile played good against the Vikings, I believe Garrett Gilkey will another Myron Lewis and Da’ Quan Bowers. He may be on the roster for the next 5 seasons, even though other players are outperforming him. We will be all right on the O-Line this season, I like our talent level on the O-Line. Last season was the total opposite of this season.

  6. Pickgrin Says:

    Lakeland Buc Says:
    “I like our talent level on the O-Line.”

    You may well be alone in that thought.

    Dallas likes their OLine talent level. New England likes their OLine talent level. The Bucs? Not so much. I’m sure they like their DT and LB talent level – but OLine? We don’t even have 1 starter playing anywhere near a pro bowl level yet. I want to see Licht spend at least 3 more high draft picks on OLine over the next 2 years. Then we will be getting somewhere.

    Marpet may well be the cornerstone from which to build this line up from. He and Smith both need to have good rookie years for this offense to be able to do well in 2015.

  7. Owlykat Says:

    I have no doubt both our Rookie Offensive Linemen will be starting for us which tells you how bad our OL was last year. But with a resurgent and in shape Mankins, and our newest Offensive All Pro I think we will be OK on Offense. Winston always started slow in College but in all but one game Winston pulled off miracles in the end. That is such a better QB when we had just the opposite in Loser Glennon, who often blew leads and only has brought his team from behind only once in his two year career with the Buc’s. If Koetter thought Glennon could lead a comeback in the fourth quarter last game, he now knows what an error in judgment that was! His best bet is to find a team desperate for a QB and trade Glennon to the highest bidder.