Offensive Line Dominates Titans In 1-On-1s

August 15th, 2018

Joe was going to include this detailed look in today’s comprehensive practice notes from work against the Titans in Nashville, but after a moving and informative chat with offensive line George Warhop at the team hotel, Joe’s going to make this its own post.

The Bucs’ offensive line was dominant against the Titans today in 1-on-1, pass-rush/pass-blocking work.

That’s best described as an offensive lineman lined up on a line of scrimmage with teammates alongside for show, but only one pass rusher is going against the O-lineman.

Over and over and over the Bucs’ first-team line worked over their Titans counterpart.

Sadly, Titans media rules — and rules for fans in the stands — prohibited video or photos of the action. (C’mon, guys!)

Anyway, Joe was there dialed in.

Demar Dotson, at right tackle, handled rookie Sharif Finch, before Donovan Smith took care of Harold Landry, III. Then it was back to Dotson stoning Josh Carraway. And then Smith stepped up to win against Tobenna Okeke.

Those weren’t exactly the Titans’ biggest names, but then it was Ali Marpet with a “W” before Julius Warmsley drove Marpet backwards more than he would have liked, but still probably a win for Marpet.

Caleb Benenoch stepped up at right tackle and looked comfortable in his old role.

Then “nasty” Ryan Jensen was locked in with DL Austin Johnson and there was a little action after the whistle following a Jensen win. Jensen then put rookie Mike Ramsay on the ground.

Bucs backup Brad Seaton took care of Tony Washington, JR. before losing to Finch. And swing tackle Mike Liedtke, who has a lot of fans in the organization, stepped up and handled Davond Dade and then Okeke, while rising rookie guard Reuben Holcomb put a Titans rookie to the ground.

Things finallly turned ugly for the Bucs as Titans rookie Matt Dickerson took Alex Cappa to the cleaners and Ramsay mauled Evan Smith, who was working at center.

Then the Bucs’ first unit was back in with multiple pass rushers on each side this time, and it was more wins for the Bucs. Ali Marpet looks so much damn stronger this season.

Joe and Warhop had a long talk about O-line play and Joe really wanted to learn more about Warhop’s stunning spring comment that the line didn’t have the correct mentality until the ninth game of the 2017 season.

Unfortunately, it was an off-the-record conversation, but Warhop was very enlightening.

Joe will say this: there’s something different and improved about the mentality of this current Bucs team, and the prevailing internal thought about the Bucs’ failures last season is that they were mental as much or more than physical.

That’s all going to get tested in New Orleans in 25 short days. Nothing will mean a darn thing before that.

29 Responses to “Offensive Line Dominates Titans In 1-On-1s”

  1. BuccaneerScotty Says:

    Any kicker news? Maybe no news is good news?

  2. SOEbuc Says:

    I dunno what the Titans d-line is suppose to look like but this article pleases me. Ali looks so much stronger and at LG. Very nice.

  3. Pryda... sec147 Says:

    Marpet pro bowler this season?

  4. jmarkbuc Says:

    Where were the 1st string Titans?

  5. teacherman777 Says:

    We need to resign Marpet before he puts on any more film!!

    He could be an All-Pro this year!

    Sign him tomorrow!!

  6. reality-is-a-beotch Says:

    dotson has never stoned anyone in his career. pure definition of average at best but he’s a favorite and pro bowler in the minds of low standard joes.

  7. SOEbuc Says:


    Not Ali’s fault he hasn’t gotten to the Pro Bowl yet. If we have a good offense and a good team this year so others outside of Bucs fans actually know who he is, no doubt.

  8. Jman5 Says:

    Lol where was Casey, Orakpo and Morgan

  9. SOEbuc Says:


    i hear that

  10. Lord Cornelius Says:

    F8Ck yes

  11. buddy Says:

    So this is starting to sound just like last years trip to Jax. So we dominate in meaningless training camp drills and Jags go to AFC Champ game, ok that sounds about right. You idiot Bucs fans and writers quit trying to act like this is a good team or organization. Such a joke.

  12. Dapostman Says:

    32 sacks or less surrendered and 120 + rushing per game. Now we are talking playoff contenders.

    #Get After It!

  13. Scotty in Fat Antonio Says:

    Hmmm…call me skeptical. Let’s see what happens on Saturday night?

  14. bucsfaninchina Says:

    Dear lord, Joe loves this subpar unit. Almost as much as Johnny Football

  15. Dooshlarue Says:

    I hope this is the start of a real change…….seriously, I mean it this time.

  16. Buccfan37 Says:

    The regular season standings sit at 0-0, anything can happen and usually does. Negativity can wait because nothing kicks up the juices like a new season for the Bucs on the horizon. Now that’s exciting!

  17. Kev-O Says:

    Remember last year when our d-line was dominating the jaguars o-line in joint practices? Didn’t really accurately predict the their performance during the year.

  18. Bobby M. Says:

    There’s really no scenario where Chris Baker improved play for either side of the line…..Losing your two starting DEs to injuries, isn’t exactly iron sharpening iron either. Last year was awful from the moment Baker dry humped a palm tree.

    This year there’s talent and attitude upgrades on both sides….Our biggest challenge is chemistry….and avoiding injuries. The chemistry will come but we need to find some wins until then. The injuries have been our nemesis….we need some luck to go our way for a change.

  19. Jmarkbuc Says:

    Not one Titans starter in this drill? or results not reported?

  20. Buccernutter Says:

    Excellent article.

  21. Bird Says:


    Read all the hate here

    1st team played well against dolphins in preseason who have some studs This happened with missing half the right side of line

    They dominated Titans in 1st head to head practice. Let’s get behind these guys. Dotson is getting healthy and best man up wins guard

  22. LOL Buc Says:

    I Remember how our defensive line dominated Jacksonville’s defensive line in joint practices during preseason last year too. And we all know how each of those teams finished the season. Like you said joe – doesn’t mean a darn thing, so not sure why you would bother to write about it other than you can.

  23. JimmyJack Says:

    As I have watched the Dolphins game a couple times already it was clear that our 1st team offensive line was very dominate and playing very physical.

    Sounds like they are keeping it up. I’m really not worried about that unit. I think they will have a very good year.

    The defensive line is another issue and Tennessee will be a big test to go up against one of the leagues best Olines

  24. SB Says:

    Awesome News Joes! You guys have been on your game this past week in spades!

  25. gambelero Says:

    Titans media said the Titans stoned the Bucs repeatedly on running plays, but couldn’t stop our pass game. Mike Evans called “unstoppable/uncoverable/best player on the field” by several different Nashville media entities. Video I saw showed Hargreaves and R. Smith being abused. Hargreaves was not practicing.–Joe

  26. Rod Munch Says:

    I really hope the Bucs know what they were doing with taking Alex Cappa so highly. He is not Marpet, he didn’t have anything close to a good combine, and I worry that the Bucs are being too smart for the room by x7 taking a guy seemingly way too high.

    I view him a project and was shocked to hear that anyone would think he’s a starter early on. I hope I’m wrong, but we shall see. In any case one practice series doesn’t mean anything, so it’s not big deal if he looked great or if he looked terrible.

  27. Rod Munch Says:

    gambelero – Nice update, thanks for sharing.

  28. David Says:

    Every Year since 1989, I travel to Mobile, Ala. to Watch the Senior Bowl Game. During the 1st Day of practices,when I was watching Sq. Griffin of UCF, I saw this Big Assesd Man from a Small School with long hair and the nastiest attitude I ever saw. Every time I saw him line up against the Big Neme Players, he “Pancake then on their ass, time after time.” His name? Alax Capa, Taken by the Buccaneers in the 3rd Round of the 2018 NFL Draft. When i asked Mike Maylock of the NFL network, He told me that Capa was “ A man among Boys.” A 10 year Starter in the NFL.” So Buc Fans, don’t worry, Capa will be fine. With Ryan J. Showing Capa the ropes on how to take care of business, I say Pro Bowl down the road for Alax Capa remember the name FOLKS. David Corcoran, Winter Park, Florida.

  29. jmarkbuc Says:


    No Hate here..Would just like to gauge our 1’s vs Titan 1’s, not 3’s or guys not even on Titan depth chart.

    Iron sharpens Iron and all…