When A Block Created A TD

September 14th, 2018

Key figure in score.

Joe is pretty sure certain head honchos over at One Buc Palace just want to eat glass when Joe kvetches about running backs blocking.

Yesterday, Bucs offensive coach Todd Monken explained a lot of players and a lot of things went just right for the Bucs to ring up 41 points of offense in the Superdome. And one of those was a Peyton Barber block.

Now last year, Joe had heard one reason why Bucs coach Dirk Koetter clung to the pipedream that Doug Martin would somehow flip the switch was that Barber struggled at blocking.

This infuriated Joe. The result was Koetter, generally speaking, created a one-dimensional offense, which is what offensive coordinators fear the most (and defensive coordinators strive to achieve).

For one play Sunday, a key block by Barber, backup quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick was allowed time to throw, which afforded DeSean Jackson time to get separation. The end result was a touchdown. So in this case, Joe humbly doffs his cap in appreciation of Koetter’s stressing of pass blocking.

It both validated Koetter’s demands of running backs blocking with Monken’s contention yesterday that a lot of folks had to do their job well in order for the offense to have one of the best games in franchise history.

26 Responses to “When A Block Created A TD”

  1. Sarasota Garey Says:

    Thats beautiful

  2. The Buc Realist Says:

    Hard to believe that some did not see the importance of pass protection!!!! How many dimensions to you get if the QB is broken????? Its so simple to see!!!! If the “real” fans can see it, why can’t the so-called fans and sheep???????


    GO Bucs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  3. AlteredEgo Says:

    Shaun Wilson is a good pass protection blocker too…..he reminds me of Dunn in many ways other than build…he is a nifty shifty runner with great acceleration after settings up the defender with a move

  4. ColonelAngus Says:

    Nice block by Barber and nice look off by Fitzpatrick.

  5. SOEbuc Says:

    definitliy lost fat and gained muscle weight. Keep on pushin Payton.

  6. BringBucsBack Says:

    That was a key block indeed, as it appears that Marpet was rag-dolled a bit.

  7. Pickgrin Says:

    Great job Peyton!

    Marpet was soundly beat on that play and Barber steps up big time with a textbook assist block.

    Result? TD to a streaking DJax!

    That’s how you draw it up.

    LOVED Monken’s reaction up in the booth that they showed afterwards.

    Man – he was PUMPED after that play.

  8. richbucsfan Says:

    Wow! Marpet got rag dolled on that play. Good thing Barber was there for sure.

  9. louis Says:

    and the rest of the oline did a great job in protecting the qb as well….a great job by the line indeed

  10. Defense Rules Says:

    Peyton Barber & Jacquizz Rodgers did that in pass protection all day long (and they’ll need to do it again Sunday against the Eagles). I thought it was great reading earlier that Monken deflected attention off of himself & gave kudos in his after-game interview to not only the receivers, but also to the OLine & to the RBs in pass protection. We’ve definitely improved over what we were seeing last year in that department. Great job of picking up blitzes especially.

    Oh and that’s very likely why RoJo didn’t dress for the game and why Shaun Wilson got so few snaps. Koetter wants RBs who can keep our QBs from getting killed … and from fumbling the football because of backside hits.

  11. Lord Cornelius Says:


    Exactly. Barber has been solid in pass pro going back to last year. That was never a legit excuse to starting Doug Martin imo.

    GO BUCS!!

  12. Lord Cornelius Says:


    I’d agree that’s likely why Rojo didn’t play as well; along with his struggles in general.

    It’s nice we can kind of bring him along slowly; because it’d be great if that pick pans out. I still love his college tape as much as any back in that draft not named Barkley. Dude broke tons of tackles as an inside runner .. he wasn’t just an outside burner at all. He’s more like a Chris Johnson than Kamara or a more pure receiving back; if he can find his game

  13. Cobraboy Says:

    Not Madden.

    Team sport.

  14. adam from ny Says:

    i’m so glad he is closely related to ronde and tiki…that’s really all that matters 🙂

  15. firethecannons Says:

    sweet looking block full on frontal that block did matter

    the game will lead to “belief” that if I go the extra on every play maybe it will pay off–need to get all of defense to play well too and maybe we can get another win

  16. 813bucboi Says:


    I agree…would like to see Wilson spell barber from time to time…..

    speaking of Wilson, it speaks volumes that an UDFA is getting playing time while the 2nd round pick isn’t……


  17. Defense Rules Says:

    Lord C … Both of us are hoping that RoJo turns out to be the explosive player that we’ve been looking for. IMO nothing makes a defense more jittery than knowing that it has to defend multiple threats in BOTH the passing game and in the running game. But I agree 100% with Dirk Koetter … RBs MUST be able to run the ball effectively, catch the ball AND pass protect if they expect to see the field. (He apparently takes that 1 step further: they’ve got to do all those things if they even expect to dress for the game). No problem with that either; don’t need any one-trick ponies.

  18. lokog Says:

    adam from ny Says:
    September 14th, 2018 at 10:56 am
    i’m so glad he is closely related to ronde and tiki…that’s really all that matters

    you mean peyton barber is related to ronde and tiki?

  19. Buc2015 Says:

    Excellent … and a shout out to Steven Cheah (@CHEAH_SAY) who is a great Twitter follow for Bucs fans, does film breakdowns every week of many plays such as this one.

  20. nate s Says:

    Now this is content I like!

  21. El_Buc941 Says:

    Eagles game will be solely depending on how well OJ and the O Line hold up for pass protection. I wanna see OJ hold his own against Bennet!!!

  22. RustyRhinos Says:

    What us with the constant disrespect to our ” Starting” QB? Every time you describe him as back up quarterback. Correct me if I am wrong but Fitzpatrick is the starter for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers right? He is not waiting on the sidelines he is the player who gets the ball hiked to him during the game. And since he starts and finished the Saints game that means he is the ( wait for it) STARTING QB of the Buccaneers. And your constant pokes and prods at Fitzpatrick being the backup QB is B.S.. as of the suspension to our former starting QB, created opportunity to move up and lead the team from the field . It sure makes this blog look foolishly petty.

  23. Iamabuc Says:

    Rustyrhinos….Fitz is the back-up QB of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers….there, that should clear it all for ya….🤣🤣🤣🤣

  24. Rod Munch Says:

    What happened to Marpet on that play? He has a block and then goes flying – can’t see from the footage but I’m guessing he was yanked by his jersey there, otherwise I don’t see why he moved like that.

    With that said the Bucs have had very good blocking RBs for a while, Doug Martin excelled at it, Charles Sims I think was the best blocking RB on the team, Rodgers is really good at it and as we can see here Barber did a great job. Ronald will have to get that figured out to get on the field, but I’m sure he will, everything I heard is that he’s a hard worker and not a dummy like McNichols who was high all the time.

  25. Says:

    Rusty- Cannot agree with you more. Joe is the biggest Jameis apologist to touch this site, more than even some of the more zealous commenters. The “Hassle,” “America’s QB” even post “NFL sex-offense”, and throwing shade on our starting QB while Jameis is in his pj’s on the couch is enlightening. The implicit disrespect for Fitz is on full display through all of this. Heck it took Fitz three days to get his own post after a ring-of-honor performance, and even then it didn’t have his photo! I love this site, insights, and comments, but the Jameis Lovefest gets nauseating sometimes.

  26. Rod Munch Says: <– triggered. LOL!