“I May Sound Like A Broken Record”

January 3rd, 2016
(Photo courtesy of Tampa Bay Buccaneers)

(Photo courtesy of Tampa Bay Buccaneers)

For most of this season, the standout Bucs’ offensive line has featured two guys off the street and two rookies drafted in the second round.

The fifth guy is veteran left guard Logan Mankins, who was here last year but played like he was somewhere else.

This year has been a different story for Mankins. It started with a renewed commitment and reporting for spring duty with six-pack abs (those didn’t last too long, Mankins told Joe last month). Then came Mankins taking over quickly as a team leader. Before the season, Lovie Smith was calling him a team captain and general manager Jason was referring to him as “father of the locker room.”

Fast-forward to last Sunday, and Licht was gushing over Mankins with historic tones.

“He’s had a great year, and what he’s meant for this franchise — I’ve said it over and over, I may sound like a broken record — What he’s meant to this franchise, what he’s set us up for in the future, I can’t put into words,” Licht said of Mankins. “What he’s done for this offensive line room and giving these guys a roadmap for how to prepare as a professional, it’s incredible.”

It’s unclear whether Mankins will retire after this season. Mankins made that clear last month. But if Mankins does return, then that would be a reason Joe will yell for the Bucs to draft another offensive lineman in 2016.

Think about it. If Mankins has helped craft such an amazing incubator for developing offensive linemen, an increasingly tough task across the NFL, then the Bucs should take advantage. Right tackle is a looming need, as is replacing Mankins at left guard. Kevin Pamphile might not be that guy.

It’s hard to be an NFL loser with a deep and talented offensive line, and a non-rookie franchise quarterback.

7 Responses to ““I May Sound Like A Broken Record””

  1. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    I think we can find a young Olineman in FA that could take Mankins place or that he could mentor…..we are set at RT for a couple of years.

    I would definately not use a high draft pick for anything but defense this year……

  2. CalBucsFan Says:

    So if he’s that good of an influence but going to retire, than how about he stays on as an OL coach?

  3. Buc1987 Says:

    CalBucsFan…or in Lovie’s World he could be an assistant O-line coach. Seeing how Lovie has THREE secondary coaches running around practice.

  4. Couch Fan Says:

    I agree we need to go all defense this draft, if for nothing else, people can stop using the “Lovie hasent drafted any defensive players” excuse for why Lovie cant coach.

  5. CalBucsFan Says:

    Buc1987 HaHaHa, no doubt!!! Gotta protect the franchise QB!

  6. Pickgrin Says:

    I would like to see the Bucs take 1 OL player and 1 WR in this year’s draft – the rest Defense.

  7. DayOnePaul Says:

    Good teams draft one offensive lineman every year. If they don’t blossom by season two, they move on. See Kansas City, New England, Pittsburgh.