A Lesson In Development

November 4th, 2018

Given the Buccaneers’ quarterback situation, it was ironic when offensive coordinator Todd Monken emphasized Thursday that struggling 24-year-old right guard Caleb Benenoch wouldn’t improve on the bench.

Anyway, Monken’s take has a lot of meaning today given who the Panthers are starting at left tackle.

His name is Chris Clark, and he’s been the surprise toast of the Carolinas this season.

The Panthers have allowed just 10 sacks this season and they feature a punishing running game, despite only one offensive line starter in the position he was in when training camp began. Clark, 33, was signed off the street in September after serious knee injuries to Matt Kalil and Daryl Williams.

Clark began his NFL career as an undrafted free agent with the Bucs in 2008. Chucky and company cut him after training camp and he bounced to the Vikings’ practice squad. Two years later, he was a member of the Broncos and finally got his first NFL action.

The next season, 2011, Clark got his first start and two years later he was the left tackle John Elway entrusted to protect Peyton Manning as Denver marched to the Super Bowl.

No, Joe’s not saying the Bucs should have kept Clark 10 years ago, only that Clark’s career illustrates how many players, such as Benenoch, need a chance to learn on the job.

Monken noted that Benenoch is really more of a tackle learning guard, which jibes with what Benenoch told Joe over a year ago. At the time, Benenoch scoffed when Joe asked him about playing guard. Remember, Benenoch started at right tackle through the final month of last season.

There’s another lesson at offensive line today. And that’s the cold reminder that the NFL is a no-excuses league. Somehow, the Panthers have thrived with a makeshift O-line.

Injuries are a factor for nearly every team. It’s always about how you deal with them.

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11 Responses to “A Lesson In Development”

  1. Bird Says:

    Chucky doesn’t like talented players.

    I mean what is he doing. Khalil Mack is a generational player and they let him go. (And it likely had to do with them paying Derek Carr big bucks. Tough to have a few guys make 20 mil plus. )

    So you better make your qb decision count 👀

  2. Buc believer Says:

    Great!! So this slug MAY be an acceptable player in 10 years…. we need him good NOW!!

  3. Not there yet Says:

    This coaching staff is awful you knew he was a tackle but wasted all this time and effort trying to make him something he’s not sort of like Ali Marpet and basically move him again next year right? He’s not even good at guard but keep him there anyway? I can’t wait for these guys to get the boot

  4. Owlykat Says:

    Starting Benenoch again is insane!!! The Bucs deserve to lose.

  5. Darin Says:

    Yeah its called running the ball and the quick passing game. Norv doesnt give the dline tine to get home. Makes the Oline better. Good coaching. Lets get Cappa in n see what we got.

  6. Lee Says:

    Clark’s career has been up and down from season to season. When little is expected of him, he excels. Other seasons, he has been bad. But I wanted the Bucs to sign him in the preaseaon to be a swing tackle.

  7. Resurrection of Duff Says:

    Good read Joe!

    I love see AC get a few plays in there.

    Go Bucs!!!

  8. Resurrection of Duff Says:

    Joe is “The Realist” banned?

  9. Joe Says:

    Joe is “The Realist” banned?

    Not at all, unless he was also using an alias and had his IP address banned for being naughty.

    He hasn’t posted in a while. Guess he’s too depressed.

  10. stpetebucsfan Says:

    “Guess he’s too depressed.”

    Aren’t we all!!!

  11. BigHogHaynes Says:

    Joe I’m I band and I would like to know why