Getting Physical

February 27th, 2018

No, not that kind of “physical.”

A popular theory among a sect of Bucs fans is that the offensive line is the most wretched thing imaginable since stumbling upon an episode of “Mama’s Family.”

Joe doesn’t subscribe to this theory. Just in the time Joe has launched this here website, the Bucs have had far worse offensive lines.

And it doesn’t seem that new Bucs defensive line coach Brentson Buckner believes the offensive line is a trainwreck either.

Last week when he was introduced to the Tampa Bay pen and mic club, prized columnist Ira Kaufman asked Buckner what he thought of the Bucs’ offensive line.

In two meetings between the Cardinals and the Bucs the past two seasons, both with Buckner on the Arizona bench, the Cardinals defensive line — Buckner’s troops — had their way.

“Well, first of all, you see those big five guys run out of that huddle, that’s one of the biggest offensive lines that we would face and we knew that they would be a physical run game just based on playing in the NFC South and the type of mentality that it takes to play in this division,” Buckner said. “We knew that we had our hands tied behind our backs. You had to be physical, you had to be willing to stick your face in the fan, be physical with those guys and stand toe-to-toe.”

If Buckner wasn’t trying to con folks, this has Joe fired up enough to try to tackle the neighbor’s Husky.

If Buckner thought the Bucs’ front line was that physical and he thought his defensive line was in for a long afternoon, then that tells Joe that Buckner might be such an inspirational motivator he could talk Kellen Winslow out of working out with the Vaseline.

The way the Cardinals simply owned the line of scrimmage those days, that was some coaching by Buckner.

31 Responses to “Getting Physical”

  1. tmaxcon Says:

    of course he was trying to con folks or the bucs would not have had a miserable run game for the last couple of years. all the off season feel good stories, fluff and misguided optimism get’s tiresome when your team fails each and every year. nutpunched by week 4 and draft talk by week 8 it’s a bucs life. 4-12 with cancer93 10-6 without the disease

  2. tmaxcon Says:

    getting physical and Vaseline in the same article…. Joe is your life partner out of town.

  3. Seminole Bill Says:

    The Bucs O-line is the most wretched thing since the song “Horse With No Name”, or maybe “MacArthur Park”. “Mama’s Family” is not even a close second.

  4. Pickgrin Says:

    Oline is not a “train wreck” – but we do need 2 upgrades at Guard if Marpet stays at Center.

    Sign Norwell – Draft Nelson. Done. Next year draft Dot’s replacement and we won’t have to worry about Oline for some time.

  5. I’m a Tandyman Bucs Fan Says:

    Thank you Joe again!!! That again is my kind of article!!

  6. Buccaneer scotty Says:

    Your life partner! That’s so funny lmao

  7. Lord Cornelius Says:

    “A popular theory among a sect of Bucs fans is that the offensive line is the most wretched thing imaginable since stumbling upon an episode of “Mama’s Family.”

    Not really.

    It’s more so that fans want to upgrade it because we know there should be great options in FA and the draft to do so. It’s more so that fans don’t want to settle on a Kevin Pamphile or JR Sweezy when we can get better.

    What’s the point in getting a franchise QB and all these weapons if we want to settle for a mediocre to bad offensive line? Wouldn’t we want to make the line at least above average so that the strengths of the team are allowed to thrive?

    Yes obviously DE is a major hole. We need pass rushers. But there’s nothing wrong with turning a non-strength into a strength. Especially when all the other pieces are there on offense already. We can address the defense AND the offensive line. There’s no reason to settle.

    If upgrading the line / RBs = us scoring 25-27+ PPG then the defense could not improve at all and we’d be pushing for the playoffs; and at least have an identity as a team that can move the ball all day / score points / control the clock.

  8. Pickgrin Says:

    Well said LC.

  9. 813bucboi Says:

    we knew that they would be a physical run game just based on playing in the NFC South

    sorry buckner….we are led by dirk and smitty….theirs nothing “physical” about this team and especially the offense….dirk likes finesse air it out type of offenses…..we are t he only team in the NFC SOUTH that doesn’t have a respectable run game…..

    until we fix that, nothing will change…..

    #NOEXCUSESIN2018!!!!….GO BUCS!!!!!

  10. Bucsfanman Says:

    I didn’t bother reading the article. Was it good?!

  11. BetterBuccinBelieveIt Says:

    I concur with Pickgrin! Well said exactly LordCorn.

  12. I'm a Tandyman Bucs Fan Says:

    That’s Funny Bucsfanman!!! She is hands down my favorite Bucs P L A Y A!!!!!

  13. LUVMYBUCS Says:

    For those whom are Luke Warm on Quenton Nelson

    2018 Draft || Film Session || Quenton Nelson

  14. 813bucboi Says:


    I agree…..

    finding an identify would help a lot…..

    #NOEXCUSESIN2018!!!!….GO BUCS!!!!

  15. DB55 Says:

    It would be nice to have an oline that didn’t get the qb hurt every game.

  16. LUVMYBUCS Says:

    Quenton Nelson – Outland Trophy–eQRVY

  17. Guzzie Says:

    Is it 2019 yet

  18. GhostofSchiano Says:

    Joe says : The way the Cardinals simply owned the line of scrimmage those days, that was some coaching by Buckner.

    I credit Mr. Campbell (the one Jason Licht let get away) with a lot of that too.

    Does anyone know if we even have a bona fide fullback?

  19. LakeLand Says:

    I keep saying the offensive line played good this year. It was the predictable playcalling was the problem. All year long, it was like the defense knew what was coming. No offensive line can overcome that.

  20. LakeLand Says:

    ***predictable playcalling that was the problem***

  21. Mike Johnson Says:

    Most Buc fans should be very happy. Koetter and his sidekick Smitty have to win this season. Anything less than 8-8 gets them a brand new reel and Rod and 2 free passes to the Lovie/Schiano fishing show! Lets see what the dynamic trio comes up with this year. I said all along Koetter was not ready for a HC position. I still say that. Sorry Joe..I’ll take the..vaseline..and the lady pictured over season tickets any day.

  22. Kalind Says:

    DOESNT mean Nelson isn’t the right answer. (Hint: he is) let’s build this the best OL in the game. And with a new center and a LG we would. Buy defense, draft offense in the first. Draft depth on D after that. ..And find a RB

  23. lokog Says:

    “this has Joe fired up enough to try to tackle the neighbor’s Husky.”

    what did the doggie do to you joe?

  24. Bucsfanman Says:

    @Tandyman- That picture NEVER gets old!

  25. Tony from Los Angeles Says:

    Joe, just stop defending the Bucs line. Please.
    It was not ALL Doug Martin’s fault.

    The Bucs line was mediocre during the best of times and subpar most of the time. They have one guy with above average talent in Marpet.

    It’s irrelevant how this offensive line compares to the rest of the past Bucs lines.
    Completely irrelevant.

    The math is simple. 12 teams out of 32 make the playoffs every year. More often than not, the teams with the better ranked offensive and/or defensive lines make the playoffs. Let’s find one stat where the Bucs ranked in the top 12 in the league on the either the offensive or defensive lines. Let’s not forget how many sacks JAmeis saved he Bucs with his ability to squirm out of pressure and extend plays. and all those fumbles from Jameis – think immense QB pressure had anything to dow with any of those?

    I’ll wait here and hold my breath while everyone looks for a stat where the Bucs finished in the top 12 on either of the lines.

    In order to really be a contender you need a top 10 offensive and defensive line. The Bucs are nowhere near that right now. They need to infuse some serious talent on both sides of the ball. Period.


  26. Bucsfanman Says:

    LUV- Thanks for the clips. The guy plays with reckless abandon. I would not want to be the guy in his crosshairs.
    I don’t need convincing. If Chubb isn’t there….Nelson’s the guy.

  27. I’m a Tandyman Bucs Fan Says:

    Yep Bucsfanman she is one sexy little hot Number. I have noticed her more than once since becoming a Bucs Fan!!! Keep em coming Joe!!

  28. Jeffbuc Says:

    Joe I don’t see what your infatuation is with that women. You mention her in every other article. Just look at that flabby stomach.

  29. JimmyJack Says:

    I like our line with Sweezy. I’d like to see Phampile stay to compete with him and I think it would make both of them better for it.

    We’re one Garuda away IMO and if I’m the Bucs I’m drafting one since Nelson could slip. If not I’ve been hear fans here with several options for a guard in round 2.

    Benechot needs to keep getting better and I like Hawley but we may need his spot for younger depth to develope. Especially if we keep Evan Smith which I say is a must.

    For those saying it wasn’t Doug Martins fault in the running game there is a reason why Barber(who is nothing more then a bowling ball type rusher) had more chunk plays and higher yard per then Martin did. Doug absolutely sucked last year. He hit the second level more then enough and did next to nothing with those chances.

    Our pass protection looks like it breaks down sometimes but when you play a really good Dline like the Panthers they are not going to let you run seven step drop, stop, and survey plays all day. A good coach would know this. An average coach wouldn’t let them do it again in a rematch. A bad coach would figure it out but the following season………Can Dirk at least be a bad coach?

  30. Armand Says:

    Rachel Watson. Nuff said.

  31. LifeOfABucFan Says:

    Good post Lord C and Tony!!!