Time To Play Kevin Pamphile Full-Time

November 18th, 2017

Dirk Koetter weighs in

As Kevin Pamphile approaches his 27th birthday later this month – and the expiration of his rookie contract soon after — it’s really, really, really time for the Bucs to let him play full-time.

Free Pamphile!

This even rotation of Pamphile and Evan Smith at left guard is nonsense at this point, Joe believes.

Smith, 31, has gotten lots of work. That’s great. If the Bucs need him down the stretch he won’t be ice cold. But enough already.

Let Pamphile showcase himself. Let the tie go to the young player, you know, the guy who can benefit most from the reps.

What are the Bucs accomplishing here?

Last week on the Buccaneers Radio Network, formerly winning head coach Dirk Koetter said Pamphile is one of the most versatile offensive linemen he’s ever seen and stated Pamphile can play all five positions on the Tampa Bay line. And Koetter added that Pamphile isn’t just an emergency center; Koetter said he suspects Pamphile, a Tampa Bay fifth-round pick in 2014, could hold down the position.

Joe hopes the Bucs wise up here. Pamphile will hit the market at the end of the season as an unrestricted free agent. Solid young linemen earn big dollars. Righfully so.

Wouldn’t it be best for everyone involved to see as much of Pamphile as possible?

19 Responses to “Time To Play Kevin Pamphile Full-Time”

  1. First Down Tampa Bay Says:

    Can’t wait to hear people complain about his performance next year after we give him an extension… Why people hate our own players I will never understand

  2. Pickgrin Says:

    Pamphile may well be our most “versatile” OLine player – but his play at LG has regressed quite a bit this year – which is why Evan Smith is getting so much playing time there in 2017.

    Pamphile is not getting the job done – especially in the run blocking dept and that’s the bottom line.

    So if the Bucs want to win and have their best blockers in the game – then no Joe it would NOT “be best for everyone involved to see as much of Pamphile as possible”.

  3. Roy T. Buford Says:

    He’s earned it.

    In other news, I saw 52 players get on the bus at One Buc Place for the airport. Jameis was not one of them. Perhaps he didn’t make the trip? He won’t dress or play anyway, and perhaps for damage control and shear disgust, maybe the Bucs leadership doesn’t want to see his face around the team this weekend? Of note, the other players “out” are Will Gholston and VHIII, both of whom DID get on the bus. Anyone see Jameis?

  4. LakeLand Says:

    Kevin Pamphile will follow in the footsteps of former Bucs Linemen.

    Donald Penn
    Ted Larsen
    Patrick Omameh
    Jeremy Zuttah
    Mike Remmers

  5. Defense Rules Says:

    Pickgrin, everything I read 100% supports what you said: Pamphile isn’t getting the job done at LG. Lowest run-blocking grades on the entire OLine. It’s great that he has so much versatility, but it sounds like Joe has bought into Pamphile a lot more than Koetter has.

  6. Mike Johnson Says:

    Youa re probably right Lakeland..Pamphile will go elsewheres and play better. Life of a Buc.

  7. Joeypoppems Says:

    If he thinks Pamphile could be a solid center then why move Marpet, who was becoming one of the better Guards in the league, in the first place?

    But hey, 10 weeks into an NFL season and we have a consistent starting 5 on the OL….. Great…

  8. FowlBall Says:

    And speaking of the O Line, does anyone recall who’s been coaching them?

    Why it’s George Warhop! Just realized he’s still here (started in 2014).

    If you have nothing better to do, check out his dubious accomplishments on Wiki.

    Can’t believe Bucs kept him.

  9. unbelievable Says:

    Maybe they think they can keep him for cheaper if he doesn’t put out a lot on film?

  10. Pickgrin Says:

    Defense Rules says”
    “Lowest run-blocking grades on the entire OLine.”

    Actually that would be Sweezy who allegedly was a beast run blocker and only a so so pass blocker. Well the so so pass blocker has proved to be true -Sweezy thus far in 2017 has been “OK” at protecting the QB – but terrible at run blocking.

    Seemed like we were set inside up front coming into the season – I was much more concerned with the tackles after what they put on tape last year. But Dot has played really well so far this year. D. Smith has continued to be inconsistent – sometimes looks pretty good – other times looks quite bad.

    But both starting guards have pretty much sucked this year – especially at run blocking.

    I don’t put a ton of stock in the OL grades that PFF or whoever else puts out – but their grades for our individual Oline players match up exactly with what I’m seeing so far this year. Marpet and Dot – good, Smith inconsistent, Pamphile and Sweezy bad.

    Evan Smith grades a good bit better than Pamphile has on the whole this season – especially at run blocking which is why he’s still splitting time w/ Pamphile 9 games into the season even though Evan is the “back-up”.

  11. Capt.Tim Says:

    Koetter is trying to help Pamphile.
    If you watch them- Evan Smith should be starting

  12. Hodad Says:

    Pamphile, jack of all trades, master of none. If he can’t beat out 31yr old Smith by now, find someone who can. Licht crowed all off season about how he loved this O line, didn’t draft a single player, or bring in any competition. Guess he was as wrong about his O line, as his D line. This meathead was supposed to be such a great talent evaluator, what a joke. He’s been so wrong with personal. Just hope the allegations against Winston aren’t true. That would be his biggest blunder, topping trading up for a kicker.

  13. B Coburn Says:

    If sweezy is really as bad as people are saying (not sure myself) then why not have pamphile and evans both on the field. Pamp can either take sweezy spot or move market back ghee and put Pamp at center

  14. LakeLand Says:

    I don’t see why Jason Licht loved this O-Line so much.

    The Tampa Bay Buccaneers had more blown blocks than any other team in the NFL in 2016. That’s per the 2017 Football Outsiders Almanac, their annual big book of season re- and previews, filled with analysis and statistics.

    According to Football Outsiders, the Bucs had a total of 157 blown blocks last year, which led the league. That’s not necessarily news, as the generally poor impression the Bucs’ linemen have made on third-party analysts is well-known. Because, well, if you watch them play, they do let a few too many players past their blocks.

  15. unbelievable Says:

    love me some football outsiders

  16. Defense Rules Says:

    Pickgrin, you’re right, Sweezy did grade out a bit lower than Pamphile. Means that both of our Guards suck, especially at run-blocking. No wonder our RBs keep getting hit in the backfield. I’ve said before that I’d rather see Marpet back at RG, Dots at RT, Hawley at Center, Evan Smith at LG & Donovan Smith at LT with Pamphile backing up at positions. He’s an OK backup, but not a starter. Gut feel is that he’ll move on after this year. All 5 OLine positions need to be addressed this coming off-season. Donovan & Ali are definite keepers IMO, and hopefully Dots has another year or two left in him.

  17. DayOnePaul Says:

    Spread offenses in high school and college retard the growth of good offensive linemen. Look around the league. Offensive line play has never been worse, and good offensive linemen have never been more sought after. Offload some of these big money hired gun malcontents, who aren’t making any plays anyway, and sign Panphile to a good deal now. Keep Kevin here!

  18. Bob in Valrico Says:

    Believe it was Evan Smith and OJ Howard that opened the gaping hole for Sims
    21 yard burst. So I have to think we are better with Smith in there as starter.
    But even then there have not been that many gaping holes. In fact I think we have even seen less of Brate and OJ on the field at the same time. Kind of
    limits the offense if you need two tight ends to block.

  19. StPeteBucsFan Says:

    You generally want your SMARTEST OL at center if they can play the position. He’s the guy making the line blocking calls…a lot to master at that spot.

    All things being equal…a player who is a great guard…or and equally great center is far more valuable at center to anchor the line!!!!

    See Kevin Mawae!!! All Pro guard who was moved to center his third season despite his success at guard…just like Ali. Mawae became an 8 time Pro Bowler and a 7 time All Pro…at CENTER!! That’s what the Bucs see in Marpet.