Pamphile Puts Bucs At Ease

August 16th, 2016
Earning starting spot.

Earning starting spot.

Everything Joe has heard off the record at One Buc Palace about the saga of J.R. Sweezy reveals Bucs types are not concerned about his status.

And no, Joe doesn’t think all of a sudden several Bucs types have turned into Oscar-nominated actors.

With Sweezy possibly going on the PUP list to start the season, meaning he will miss the first five games, Joe finds Bucs folks are even dismissive of any hand-wringing about Sweezy’s uncertain return.

Perhaps Kevin Pamphile has allowed the Bucs to relax? Joe has heard Pamphile is opening people’s eyes with his play in practice. Bucs coach Dirk Koetter seemed to confirm this yesterday.

“He’s doing well,” Koetter said. “I’ve said multiple times that if J.R. [Sweezy] wasn’t ready we’d be fine with Kevin at left guard. In Kevin’s mind he was coming out to compete for a first team position regardless of what happened with J.R., so he’s handling himself well and now he’s in position to play.”

Kotter later told WDAE-AM 620 that he expects Pamphile to start at left guard on opening day.

This is why Joe was shocked by the Sweezy signing.

Not to suggest Sweezy is a bad player, but Joe thought the way Pamphile played last year — he’s come a long way since being part of the original Milk Cartons duo — made him plug-and-play ready to fill the void left by Logan Mankins.

50 Responses to “Pamphile Puts Bucs At Ease”

  1. DallasBuc Says:

    If Sneezy is so damn unimportant to the success of this oline and team then why the hell did Free-pass Licht dump a bucket of Glazer cash over his head in the offseason? I guess the Glazers don’t mind if every year Licht goes out and puts millions of their dollars in a paper shredder.
    This whole situation is rotten and smacks of the Michael Johnson mistake in the sense of paying a FA huge loot to not show up on game day. But hey, “Bucs types” aren’t worried about that! Maybe they just aren’t sharing their humiliated concern with you.

  2. Bird Says:

    There goes Dallas Buc again. Making an idiotic negative comment again. You can’t control injuries. Remember Carl nicks. He was a beast who had a bad run of injuries and we paid the man well for playing a few games. They are part of the game. I think most buc fans are happy with licht except you who are unhappy about everything bucs except you jump on bandwagon for a short time when they win. And licht didn’t bring in Michael “the ghost” Johnson. It was lovie smith that brought him in. Remember. Lovie was making all those bad decisions. Dude. Can we block this guy from making comments. Joe. Please help out here

  3. Jeff Says:

    Nothing wrong with The big P. It’s all about depth and the bucs have none on the O-line. That’s why Sweezy is here.

  4. Nole on Sat.-Bucc on Sun. Says:

    Bird nothing quite like the presence of a cowgirl fan posing as Buccaneers fan. Gotta love that type.

  5. Bob in Valrico Says:

    I like Kevin pamphile also. But I was thinking about the attitude and that Ayers has brought to the defense. I see the same pattern with Sweezy.
    Licht is trying to bring in players that bring more than just good play but also
    a refuse to lose attitude.

  6. JonBuc Says:

    Code for: We shanked the Sweezy signing off the side of our collective foot…but we good…in fact we’re happy to be testing our depth. Next man up! 🤔

  7. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    “Kotter later told WDAE-AM 620 that he expects Pamphile to start at left guard on opening day.” – Joe

    This tells me one of two things:

    Koetter already knows Sweezy is going on PUP or IR, or…

    Koetter thinks Sweezy won’t be ready for full duty by game one, but possibly in a backup role so he doesn’t need a designation of PUP or IR (so that he can return take over starting sooner).

    Am I right? Are there other possibilities I’m missing?

    As to Pamphile, I remember seeing him on the Practice Squad a couple years ago and wondering if he could eventually become a starter. It sounds to me like Pamphile is the kind of guy who takes full advantage of the opportunities he is given, when he gets them.

    He could end up stealing the starting job for good. Or becoming very valuable trade bait.

  8. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    Bird Says
    “There goes Dallas Buc again. Making an idiotic negative comment again. You can’t control injuries.”

    Okay. First…I hate you for putting me in a position to have to defend DallasBuc. You are right, he is consistently negative these days. He wasn’t always like that, but he has been for years now. My only theories are that he is a Cowboy fan…or that he’s been around their bad attitudes so long that its rubbed off.

    As to his comments, he’s right.

    The Bucs have been grooming Pamphile for what? 2 years now (not counting this year)? They’ve known what he can do.

    If there is any position Jason Licht knows, it’s oline, since he played there.

    It’s a valid question DallasBuc asks. If Pamphile is starting material, why DID Jason Licht go out and spend big money on Sweezy…an inexperienced transitional player?

    I can understand if the price was lower…you take a gamble, get a backup and maybe a great starter. But at the price J. R. was signed, he won’t be a backup.

    So what does that tell Pamphile?

    My hope is that the Bucs can cut Sweezy before opening day and negate his contract because he did not make final roster. I admit, I was curious as to how he would do for us, but he is no good to us if he cannot take the field. Especially if Pamphile proves he is starting caliber.

  9. Nole on Sat.-Bucc on Sun. Says:

    Wit you most of time Bonzai but not on that last part. If Sweezy had to sit a year so what. Dudes a monster again ask Aron Donald. I mean the Packers played without Jordy Nelson last season, the Steelers without they’re pro bowl center last season. If takes a season to get ya self ready and you come back and perform all this talk will be forgotten and he will be beloved. I want this guy..

  10. BucinJAX Says:

    No trade, please. Even when Sweezy starts, Kevin is a valuable asset. He has shown great versatility, and could be a wonderful #6 on the oline. Injuries happen. We need guys like Kevin.

  11. Nole on Sat.-Bucc on Sun. Says:

    Did I forget to mention ask Aron Donald??? Oh my bad.

  12. The Other Side of the Coin Says:

    Pamphile’s primary value is that he can play multiple positions at a high level. That’s what they were grooming him for. Now, who fills that role. Bucs need Sweezy to get healthy and start at guard.

  13. DemBoyzFromDaBay727 Says:

    Sweezy is considered the future at LG so he can take all the time he needs to get healthy. Your on drugs if u think there gonna cut him b4 the season starts. Thas ludacris. If u haven’t noticed Licht and company are tryin to change the culture around here and bring in more players with attitude and a edge to them. This team has been the “Mr. Nice guys” for too long. It’s time to rip off that “soft” label and make teams remember who they played against. I’ve been a huge fan of what Ayers brings to this team so far and wish we had more guys like that, Sweezy has a nasty edge to him as well, Wich will be a welcoming sign to the line. Hes part of a culture change so u can forget about him going anywhere.

  14. DallasBuc Says:

    ShtBird- comparing I.R. Sneezy to Nicks is perfectly idiotic! Nicks was injured while actually playing as a Buccaneer and between MRSA and apparently some questionable medical treatment his career was cut short. That has no similarity to a guy that has not even participated in a single practice as a Buccaneer and may not ever in the 2016 season.
    About this negativity nonsense, I make comments based on what I see without regard for it’s positive or negative connotation. In this case I believe that good fans can be critical of their favorite football team instead of looking the other way when objectionable sht happens. Furthermore, there is no positivity requirement on this site nor should there be. It’s a free speech kinda thing that most Americans embrace instead of your stated preference of eliminating voice that does not comport with your positivity-only rule.
    Final point about Licht, you can give him a free pass for Michael Johnson if you want. In part I agree with you that he may have had limited say and why I dubbed him “lapdog Licht” during that stretch but he gets no cover from the stench of failure that incompetent Lovie Smith provided. Signing I.R. Sneezy to a big money deal only to never even see him practice for the Bucs and possibly not even take a snap all year is all on Licht… and you know it but you I guess the facts are too negative to repeat out loud!

  15. DallasBuc Says:

    NosBos- once again you got nothing of substance to say so you hit one of two wells, race-baiting or Cowboy fan accusations. A real fine contributor and thinker!

  16. DallasBuc Says:

    Bonzai- please go ahead pour all of your ability in effort into defending your own lousy arguments and less time with your back-handed assists with mine. I’m good, thanks!

  17. BucFan20 Says:

    Does anyone even know when the injury happened?

  18. Nole on Sat.-Bucc on Sun. Says:

    Thanks allas glad you took the time to reach out to me buddy ole pal. But truth be told that stuff you be spitting is no different than anything else the rest of us be spitting. Our opinions.

  19. Nole on Sat.-Bucc on Sun. Says:

    You type fast tho, I’ll give you that.

  20. DallasBuc Says:

    NosBos- fan of my typing skills, huh?
    Um, okay.

  21. Nole on Sat.-Bucc on Sun. Says:

    Race-baiting homes I got love and dislike from mofos of every race on this planet. Whus up wit dat bro???

  22. DallasBuc Says:

    You know all of us Cowboy fans masquerading around as Bucs fans with ‘Dallas’ in their name all type fast. It’s part of our subversive tactics to infiltrate and be all negative to ruin the “true fan” positivity-only experience that is deserved for the Bucs as record-breaking division bottom-dwellers.
    Ya got me! What crafty insight.

  23. Stpetebucsfan Says:

    First off you have to accept that money in the league is crazy and doesn’t always make sense. Depends on timing of contracts, teams needs, lots of variables.

    But it’s commonplace to see a player making a fraction of what others are making contributing far above his pay grade. Can you say Kwon? Noah Spence…and soon perhaps Pamphile. That’s the breaks. Sweezy is simply at a time of his contract life where he could cash in . Good for him. It’s a tough racket.

    And so it comes down to simply finding a way to get get…and keep good players on the field.

    Sweezy has probably already paid dividends. Pamphile was hurt, shocked and peoed when the Bucs signed Sweezy as Joe reported. This clearly has lit a fire under Pamphile. GOOD!

    As far as Sweezy…we are three more preseason games away from even freaking starting the season. Do you people even consider the possibilities?

    What if Sweezy comes back like Dot did last year and starts playing well. What if next year he turns in an all pro year?

    So many possibilities and yet there are the usual suspects here who are going to choose the worst outcome. I’m not counting on Sweezy contributing this year.
    I hope I’m pleasantly surprised and he does like Dot last year.

    But I’m certainly not ready to claim the Sweezy signing was a total failure ala Carl Nicks or Ghost Johnson. If nothing else the Sweezy signing has already improved our line because of the way if fired up Pamphile.

  24. DallasBuc Says:

    Yeah NosBos, did you forget that you spent the second half of incompetent Lovie Smith’s historic professional two year nose dive calling me a racist for being critical of his performance as Bucs HC?
    Yep, that’s what’s up.

  25. DallasBuc Says:

    StPete- a “fired-up” Pamphile is not necessarily a better or even good player as a starter. Just because “Bucs types” are showing the media that they are worried about this situation doesn’t mean that aren’t very concerned, as they should be. IR Sneezy was not signed to big money deal to never once suit up in practice or games. Sorry, the logic just isn’t there.

  26. Buccfan37 Says:

    It’s not like Cowboy fans have anything to be happy about. From “America’s Team” to just another has been loser. Just the way I like it.

  27. The Real Malloy Says:

    RELAX on Sweezy peoples..

    He IS in fact part of the long term answer at Guard. The question is, which side? Marpet is being groomed to be a center, and hopefully, one of the better C’s in the league. If Pamphile proves to be the answer at LG, whats the problem? Sweezy moves back (once healthy) to RG where his is more comfortable at this stage in the game anyway.

    There you have it. The O Line that will get us to the promised land. From L to R: D. Smith, K. Pamphile, A. Marpet, J.R. Sweezy, and John Coffee (Dot).

    Not a bad line at all if you ask me..

  28. Kobe Faker Says:

    The offensive line doesnt have to be BFF but they have to work together as a unit. The off line (the whole damn team) likes Kevin as 1 of them. A true Buccaneer brother…on the other hand

    *Is it me but every picture, “new guy” “always to himself” Sweezy always looks like a Pr!ck

    “LOL, I going to steal this Guaranteed money and heal/rest/vaca this year here in lovely tampa and bolt next year” The Sweezzeey

  29. Nole on Sat.-Bucc on Sun. Says:

    D@$! bro, you still talking bout lovie.. It would appear it would something other than the fact he truly did suck I acknowledged it and your still referencing the man’s name. To a casual observer it might appear to something other then sports when it comes to your issue wit this man Dallas.

  30. Nole on Sat.-Bucc on Sun. Says:

    Bro you still TALKING bout lovie. Dude been fired and gone. But you still talking bout lovie and wouldn’t understand how some might interpret that as disdain based upon the fact he’s a blackman. Really??? You can’t see that bro??? C’mon man. Dallas you better than,I think..

  31. Nole on Sat.-Bucc on Sun. Says:

    I might feel differently if you were still talking spit about Greg Shiano. But you’re not, you’re still talking bout lovie.

  32. Nole on Sat.-Bucc on Sun. Says:

    Lastly I give a s@$! about you being racist or not. Don’t make me no difference. Whenever talk spit about squad I’ll always have something to say to you “its as simple that”.

  33. Bob Digital Says:

    I’m forever grateful for Lovie. His incompetence is the reason that Famous Jameis is the Bucs franchise qb. And Sweezy should be fine. The o-line is still pretty good without him (barring another injury) and will be even better upon his return. As for DallasBuc, dude is just a wannabe Pablo, but slightly less annoying.

  34. DallasBuc Says:

    Bob DigitalRectalExam- indeed uncle Lovie’s rank incompetence allowed us to draft Winston, so…thanks?
    Pablo wannabe??? Is this you attempting clever?

  35. The Real Malloy Says:

    DallasBuc likes men..

  36. Bob Digital Says:

    “The guy who thinks ‘digital rectal exam’ is comedic is the new authority on what’s funny” said no one ever.

  37. 813bucboi Says:

    I agree wit @bonzai and @dallasbuc…another whiff by licht….the amount of money licht paid sweezy doesn’t give him the option to wait and see….at that price he needs to play now….I really wasn’t that impressed with sweezy from last year with the seahawks…decent run blocker but his pass pro sucked….

    @otherside says,”Pamphile’s primary value is that he can play multiple positions at a high level. That’s what they were grooming him for. Now, who fills that role.”….the kid we just drafted from ucla calab benenoch..also currently injuries but he has been practicing guard and tackle….GO BUCS!!!!

  38. DallasBuc Says:

    Malloy would know…
    Fishing for a date?

  39. DallasBuc Says:

    Bob DRE- said no one ever, including me. Agreed.

  40. The Real Malloy Says:

    Just what I hear about you Dallas…the only thing that comes from texas is stears and..well you get the point.

  41. DallasBuc Says:

    Still getting laughs off that line with the fellas? Don’t worry, you and the fellas are perfectly welcome in the Lone Star state.

  42. Bob in Valrico Says:

    As bonzai is famous for saying props given when they are earned.But by the same token,only fair to give him a chance to get on the field before we call him a bust.Licht brought him in because of his attitude and aggressive play.
    I am willing to wait and see what he brings to the table when he gets on the field. By the same token if Pamphile is the utility lineman that play anywhere,
    I am all for paying him for that skill.

  43. salish_seamonster Says:

    I fully expect next year Sweezy will be at RG and Marpet will move to C. If Pamphile is playing well and Sweezy is physically ready, you have to look at who your best 5 are. The 3 best interior players, assuming Sweezy gets back to full health may end up Pamphile, Marpet, and Sweezy. I think they have Benenoch targeted as the swing player of the future, replacing Pamphile and perhaps becoming the starting RT when Dotson is done. Putting aside the temporary Sweezy drama, what’s becoming clear is that they really are working on developing depth and continuity in that line, with young players. There are very few teams in the league that can claim this kind of O-line situation. We have a damn good GM.

  44. Mike Johnson Says:

    I counted at least 3 times Pamphile got a drum in the Eagles game.
    There may have been more. Some of you witnessed it but refuse to see thru your sunshades because you are to bust watching Jameis. I watch the line play.
    Don’t think we will be able to depend on..Easy money Sweezy. Bucs will probably watch those waiver wires real hard after preseason game.

  45. DallasBuc Says:

    Just because he can play doesn’t mean the kid can actually play the game, at a high level. This is the reason why Free-pass Licht went out and pooped a pant load of Glazer cash into IR Sneezy’s lap.
    You guys that aren’t worried about it are lying to yourself living in hope that the milk carton will resemble a quality pro when the bullets fly. That’s just crazy. But I guess you can trust so called “Bucs types” sourced in this here piece who have every incentive not to want to look bad to a major Bucs media outlet by this debacle.
    Take the homer glasses off fanboys.

  46. PRBucFan Says:

    Pamphile got pooped on during the play where winston fumbled

    He’s a bandaid till Sweezy returns. that’s about it.
    They don’t hand out contracts like Licht did to Sweezy to allow him to ride the bench.

  47. Kevin Says:

    Licht was simply paying for a PREMIUM insurance policy to protect the run game and the qb. Yes he was overpayed, but he is here. I will admit Licht has not exactly shined with his free agent signing, but his draft pics this far have been pretty good. Nobody is perfect. We are lucky to have Mr. LICHT as our gm.

  48. TheCollegeBuc Says:

    Bucs Brass knows Pamphile is good to develop at virtually any position on the line so were in no rush to drop him in one place, maybe even wanted to develop him as the next right tackle. Regardless if Bucs really like Sweezy then they are planning on having him long term anyway and don’t mind the few games he is missing. veterans like hawley and gos have come in and fit in the line well with little practice, we have a good core there and coaching im assuming is a huge part of that (koetter warhop and now monken). K/L think he will adapt quickly and like the aspects of the long term investment on this dude Sweez, hopefully it pays off, Licht has had a few years to study and learn from his mistakes on cousins and collins lol

  49. BigMacAttack Says:

    As long as Pamphile stays healthy he should keep his job. He’s hungry and works hard. Sweezy will be a backup unless there are injuries. Either way, just win baby!

  50. Brett Says:

    It’s great the Bucs signed a big money guard. Sweezy in in his second contract and Licht thinks he still has upside. If Pamphile develops he can move to LG if they put Marpet there.

    It seems like the Sweezy signing was a chess move.

    Sorry Dotson never got this kind of money, since he was the best player on the line and Bucs had plenty of cap space.