Warhop Points Finger At Culprits

May 21st, 2016
Discusses o-line turnaround.

Discusses o-line turnaround.

Under the bus you go!

While Bucs offensive line coach George Warhop didn’t name names when he appeared before the Tampa Bay pen and mic club earlier this week, he sure threw some guys under the bus. You don’t have to be an Algebra major to figure out who he was talking about.

Warhop’s first year with the Bucs saw an offensive line that was a complete and total trainwreck. The Bucs gave up 52 sacks, a garish number.

In 2015, Warhop’s troops allowed 27 sacks, tied for fourth-best in the NFL. What made this figure even more impressive was four starting linemen were not on the roster that April. Two were rookies, one from a Division-III school. Two others (Gosder Cherilus and Joe Hawley) arrived after preseason began.

So Warhop was asked, in so many words, what was the difference in from 2014 to 2015. Aside from not naming names, Warhop didn’t hold back.

“The offense we were running, a lot from guys understanding how we want to play,” Warhop said of the turnaround. “There was a lot [of problems] from the quarterback play [in 2014]. There was a lot from a lot.

“I just think in general, overall, we are better as an offense. It’s not just the o-line but the entire package was tighter. It translates to the whole offense. … We were a little more in line [last season] with what he had to get done.”

So, quarterback play, huh? We know who that was. Guys understanding what Warhop wanted? You mean the likes of Anthony Collins didn’t gel with the program? Shocking.

Given the fact last year’s offensive line was basically thrown together, with a rookie quarterback, and did that well blocking for a Pro Bowl running back tells Joe it’s the strongest unit on the team.

My, my how things change in a year.

25 Responses to “Warhop Points Finger At Culprits”

  1. I know why Says:

    This coach has moved from team to team than United Van Lines. Hard to take anything he says as good OR bad. Seriously just lot at his coaching resume. So, now it all back to 2014 that’s it, pile on and continue to skyrocket expectations in 2016 when we play one of the toughness NFL schedules this year.

  2. I know why Says:

    lack of enough coffee creates multiple mistakes.^^^^

  3. Dave Says:

    I think the offense is going to be even better this year as far as red zone. JW an Martin and the O Line should be more gelled and better because of maturity and the coaching.

  4. Buccfan37 Says:

    It’s high time to fine tune this budding beast. Time keeps on slipping into the future.

  5. Rrsrq Says:

    I think somewhere in that conversation was lack of a real OC

  6. Harry Says:

    “…You mean the likes of Anthony Collins didn’t gel with the program? Shocking….”

    I am not letting him off the hook that easy. Wasn’t Collins coached by Warhop the year before? Maybe it is my alzhimers kicking in…

    However, giving credit where credit is due, he did an outstanding job last year.

  7. Erik w/ Clean Athletics 'The Kwon Alexander of Bucs Fans' Says:

    #1 Offense in the NFL this season. C’mon Bucs, we can do it.

    Goal: Top-5 Offense & Top-10 Defense (scoring)

    Bucs Superbowl Champs in 2016.

  8. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    When you consider we have Cherilus, Evan Smith, Pamphile & Benenoch as backups…..you’ve got to be pleased with our depth.

  9. Defense Rules Says:

    @Joe … “So, quarterback play, huh? We know who that was.”

    Had to chuckle when I read Coach Warhop’s quotes Joe because I could see what was coming from Joe: pound on McCown. But I think Warhop’s real key point was … “It’s not just the o-line but the entire package was tighter. It translates to the whole offense.”

    Last season the WHOLE offense was tighter. Jameis was a huge upgrade to be sure, but if our offense had still been operating under the same 2014 OC instead of Dirk Koetter and if the guys on OLine had been the same then the 2015 results would’ve been quite similar to 2014.

  10. BUC4EVER Says:

    We had no OC, a rookie QB coach calling plays, the Tedford experience, a couple of stiffs from the Bengals as lead FA wins and Lovie constantly going back to McClown…the OLine didn’t stand a chance, just like the whole team – but at least we ended up with the Franchise QB

    Our OL is solid in starters and depth, the front office has done a nice job there, so excited for the season and the next 5-7 seasons

    That’s the best part, we have a very nice collection of young players in place in all levels of the offense and defense, finally!!

  11. Bob in Valrico Says:

    We will need for offense to be more consistant to get to 10 wins or more.
    Jameis has shown a lot of improvement,but in 10 of our games last year
    he had only one touchdown or less. a number of reasons for that and game management can’t be discounted.But our red zone efficiency needs to be
    corrected.to contend for the playoffs.

  12. Fsuking Says:

    Strongest unit on the team? Not even remotely close Joe. Linebackers are #1, QB #2, Special Teams #3, RB # 4. I would even argue that our Cornerback situation is stronger than our O-line this year. So 5th or 6th strongest at best.

  13. DemBoyzFromDaBay727 Says:

    @ Erick with clean Athletics

    I love your enthusiasm and it’s not entirely impossible but being a injury or two away from having Dontaae Dye or Adam Humphries in your starting lineup, it’s hard to think that. We have sum young talent on the rise in Bell and co. I also like Andre Davis as well. There just to many “if’s” for this WR corps to be best in the league. Maybe ASJ stays healthy and shows everyone what he’s capable of, then maybe our WR’s don’t have to do that much. Especially if Dougy can repeat last year’s success. As well as the rest of the O line. We’re gonna have one hell of a offense. It just all depends on how that receiving corps pans out imo.

    Can Bell be that deep threat we sorely lack? Can V-Jax stay healthy all year? Can Evans keep his head in the game and stop dropping balls? Can Louis Murphy come back from that Nasty knee injury and be a productive slot guy like he showed in the past? Alot of questions that we don’t have answers for yet.

  14. DemBoyzFromDaBay727 Says:

    Good point fsuking.

  15. gotbbucs Says:

    He was refering to the OC, not Anthony Collins.

  16. Dewey Selmon Says:

    That picture looks more like a hall of fame bust than a human being.

  17. tmaxcon Says:

    2014 offense was doomed even with a coordinator if your were an oc and watched lovie blow up the line without a plan or replacements then you realized you were stuck with garbage quarterbacks in mcclown and glennon. no wonder he had heart issues,

  18. Pickgrin Says:

    Warhop is primarily talking about the lack of an OC and that bringing in Koetter made a huge difference. ” the entire package was tighter”.

  19. SOGGY Says:

    I like that we now have a fullback who can also catch.. Oh ya, Add that in the mix and I think we get those wins to at least be the wild card..

  20. Brent bull/buc Says:

    Well have to see how this receiving unit plays out. Still looks way to thin to me. Maybe somebody can step up other than Vjax me. Also slime is kinda thin when you compare it to other good teams. Figured licht will fix the depth issues eventually but became concerned with him a little after he traded up for the kicker. But we’re better than we were 2 years ago and I do like the coaching staff.

  21. Brent bull/buc Says:

    Sorry dline not slime lol

  22. salish_seamonster Says:

    Non-story, nothing interesting in those comments from Warhop.

  23. Fsuking Says:

    Most things on JBF are non-stories. Just morning reading material bout dem bucs

  24. Zoocomics Says:


    Offensive line woes in 2014? Collins, Gilkey, EDS, Cousins… need I say more? Yet you guys saw an opportunity to do another smear piece on McCown?… time to move on guys.

  25. scott Says:

    You used to hate Warhop Joe lol. Thinking back on all the names you called him ha-ha. Turns out he is a great coach