Pamphile To Right Tackle?

December 23rd, 2016


After watching Gosder Cherilus play right tackle the last two Sundays, Joe believes the understatement of the year would be stating that the Bucs need to make a change.

And Cherilus is making that decision even easier. He hasn’t practiced all week because of a groin/ankle injury.

So where do the Bucs turn Saturday in New Orleans?

Starter Demar Dotson didn’t practice Thursday after practicing on a limited basis Wednesday. That’s a terrible sign for his Saturday availability, as he remains under the NFL concussion protocol.

When Cherilus was pulled in the fourth quarter against the Cowboys, the Bucs inserted undrafted rookie Leonard Wester. But Joe has trouble believing Wester makes his first NFL start against the Saints.

Joe suspects the Bucs might move left guard Kevin Pamphile to right tackle and start veteran Evan Smith at left guard. Pamphile played tackle in college for Purdue and has logged minutes there for the Bucs in past years. Smith played some left guard for the Packers and was very successful at right guard in place of Ali Marpet last year.

Saturday in New Orleans is essentially a playoff game for the Bucs. Assuming Doston and Cherilus are shelved, Joe sees old school Dirk Koetter going with his veterans versus hoping a rookie from Missouri Western turns in a Christmas miracle.

23 Responses to “Pamphile To Right Tackle?”

  1. Gencoimports Says:

    Sounds like a good band-aid option for the rest of the season or until Dotson is ready to return.

  2. tdtb2015 Says:

    All in all is time for the Messiah to show up big. No time for tantrums.

    Family on 3!

  3. Clodhopper Says:

    That sounds like the best option to me. It should work out OK as long as Hawley don’t get hurt again.

    These concussions are getting scary AF. Being out one week was the norm. Out three plus weeks would make me rethink my employment options.

    I’ve only had one concussion and I swear I was over it in like 4 hours. I bet he felt over it after a couple hours too. What could his symptoms be? What kind of tests do they do to determine if hes over it or not?

  4. Architek Says:

    Ugh I guess that’s probably the best option (given the situation). But I guess Koetter have nothing else he can do really.

  5. Chris@Apple Roof Cleaning Says:

    Another bad game from him, and Goster may not be on the roster.

  6. Kobe Faker Says:

    this is the best option and i dont know why this line was not practicing all week in preparation because it was a good possibility dot was going to be out…

    oh yeah, koetter the clown

  7. DB55 Says:

    Bold move, why not with Caleb?

  8. TouchDownTampaBay Says:

    Clodhopper don’t you think there are probably various levels of a concussion? Some guys come back in a week while others take several weeks. I would think a concussion is similar to many injuries that vary in severity. Kind of scary to think that Dotson suffered a severe concussion and none of the medical staff knew this until after the game was over.

  9. gotbbucs Says:

    Move him there and leave him there permanently. Address guard in the offseason again if Sweezy can’t ever come back.

  10. Pickgrin Says:

    Like DB said – another option is to let Benenoch have a go at RT and leave Pamphile where he has been playing pretty well most of the season. Hell – Caleb might even show us that we don’t need to draft or buy an upgrade at that position if he plays well over the next 2 games. Benenoch played a few games at guard his junior season at Cal which showed his versatility – but the majority of his starts in College (around 30 going back to his freshman year when he started 9 games) were at RT. I remember when we drafted him in the 5th that a # of people had Benenoch rated as a 3rd round pick.

  11. Jack Burton Mercer Says:


  12. Bucsfanman Says:

    I’m not against seeing what we’ve got in Benenoch, BUT, it would be awful timing to find out that the kid can’t play in a game that we must win. I think moving Pamphile might be the best option.

  13. Kobe Faker Says:

    koetter logical?

    everyone last week thought quizz should be getting some snaps to help the non existing running game. what did koetter do? quizz was deactivated

    dot was limited in practice tuesday and possibility missing this week. no practicing of swapping players to different positions. koetter is going to start wester

    our season/playoff hopes is going to the toilet because koetters inability to use players correctly, adjust and change

    i wanted jameis to win or lose the game to learn from the experience. he will not even have the opporntunity to really compete with this putrid oline lineup

  14. unbelievable Says:

    Can’t believe Dotson still hasn’t been cleared.

    Of all the injuries we suffered this year, this may be the straw the breaks the camel’s back.

  15. Pickgrin Says:

    Kuechly has been out 4 weeks w/ a concussion. Some injuries are worse than others. Concussion is a legit and serious injury. Especially in today’s lawsuit leery NFL philosophy.

    PR is talking about Wester perhaps getting the start.

    We can only trust that the coaches are looking at all these options and will field the best suited to help get us a W on Saturday.

  16. jerseybuc Says:

    Put the best 5 linemen on the field. Give Quizz a chance to run the ball. Vary the looks on D and send some heat once in a while. Field goals won’t win this game, we need to get into the end zone because Brees surely will.

  17. Mitch Says:

    There are varying degrees of concussions. I have suffered 4 (hockey, football) and a TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury) during a ski accident in January 2009. I am no doctor or professional however I spent years rehabilitating and during that process I learned a little bit about brain injury. My doctors have explained to me that 80% of concussions heal in two weeks. 95% heal in 4-6 weeks and that last 5% who continue experience symptoms beyond the six week mark would be considered to have suffered a complex concussion or mild TBI.

    There are too many variables in really understanding/predicting brain injury recovery because each one is unique. However, from my experience there are two scary characteristics about concussions: One is that once you have had one it takes a much less force to suffer another brain injury. The 2nd is that symptoms could manifest themselves years after you have suffered the initial impact due to tissue damage/degeneration over time.

    Something to keep a keen eye on for the years to come in the NFL.

  18. SteveK Says:

    Kobe Faker,

    Why are you clowning on Koetter?

    Can you change your scree name to Deusche Lord, or Assy McClownTown?

  19. Reach87 Says:

    Kobe, you don’t have a clue about how our coaching staff decides who will start on the line so stop calling the head coach a clown. Your personal attacks are old and less than helpful.

  20. richbucsfan Says:

    I don’t think any of us know how they select starters. But it seems me the Saints D will simply pick either Pamph or Ben to beat up. It may be rough tomorrow

  21. Kobe Faker Says:

    Come on guys dont be sooo serious.

    It doesnt matter if we win or lose. Its a shame we have to play these 2 games and not talk about the draft right now and the fun rumors where Mike Smith with possibly head coach at. OMG! where can he possibly go!

    Did you see GMC with the full Santa suit leaving 1 buc place heading toward New orleans. OMG! sooo much fun!. I cant wait for the Christmas Party pictures of the Players. Why do we have to play these stupid games. …and the New years party at 1buc place.

    Who cares if we win. lets everybody be positive and hold hands and sing christmas songs.

    Merry christmas and happy new year

  22. Trubucfan22 Says:

    Like Marpet, caleb played tackle in college, but is more of a guard at the NfL level.

  23. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    Pamphile will get a few penalties there, but better that than Winston getting injured.

    Don’t forbet, the Saint’s were headhunting him in the ladt game.

    And Winston bashers, he had one bad game. STFU.