Offensive Lines Determined Game

December 16th, 2018

Where the tide turned.

It was really simple how this game was won/lost.

In crunch time, the Crows’ offensive line took over and out-muscled the Bucs and owned the line of scrimmage.

One only needed to watch the fourth quarter. When the Crows needed to blow open paths for their running backs, they did. When the Bucs needed to crack open holes for running backs, they got blown up.

The critical play was the final drive for the Bucs. The Bucs had a third-and-one from the Crows-30. Koetter called for Peyton Barber, who was getting decent gaines in a workmanlike mode, to run up the middle to the right of Ryan Jensen.

Instead, the Crows blew through Jenses and Caleb Benenoch and buried Barber for a three-yard loss.

After the game on the Buccaneers Radio Network, Bucs coach Dirk Koetter was peeved about the play.

“We had some mental errors,” Koetter said of the lack of blocking on that play. “No way in heck we should lose yards on that play.”

The stadium replay showed Barber was running in between Caleb Benenoch and Jensen, so feel free to draw your own conclusions. Benenoch has played this year only slightly better than a tackling dummy at right guard.

Speaking on the Bucs’ postgame show on 98.7 FM, former Bucs tight end John Gilmore wasn’t sure who was at fault for the non-blocking on the play without monitoring the tape but the noted Benenoch critic did say, “If I was betting I know who I would lay my money on.”

So who was at fault today? It’s simple to Joe. One team got the job done in the trenches in the fourth quarter. The other did not.

The team that did not did lose.

30 Responses to “Offensive Lines Determined Game”

  1. TheBucsAnthem Says:

    koetter you’re so disappointing

  2. Tom S. Says:

    Hey Joe, wasn’t that Licht crown jewel and NFL highest paid center Ryan Jensen that allowed his man to get into the backfield? I believe it was. Feel free to check.

  3. TheBucsAnthem Says:


    this is dumb……………….CLEARLY the defense was exhausted because the offense couldn’t sustain a drive long enough…..

    You can’t expect any NFL team on defense to play at a high level when they cannot even get off the field to rest.

  4. Troy Says:

    Can’t wait for two weeks from now. We are out coached every week.

  5. Season Is Over Says:

    Marpet sucks at LG. The experiment is over. Any coach worth anything would move him back. The teams have and are going to stack the box because they don’t fear the deep pass anyway. If people on the couch can see this how do people making millions miss it.

  6. TheBucsAnthem Says:

    ………and barber being buried was a coaching fault

    EVERY FREAKING PERSON watching this game knew a run was coming in that formation/package

    ……….the ravens study tape too……cmon Koetter!!!!!!!!

    This game was ultimately lost due to bad coaching/called plays.

  7. Joe Says:

    Hey Joe, wasn’t that Licht crown jewel and NFL highest paid center Ryan Jensen that allowed his man to get into the backfield?

    Not sure but Joe knows who was to Jensen’s right side.

  8. TheBucsAnthem Says:

    CALEB BENENOCH SUCKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

  9. Coburn Says:

    So if everyone can see benenoch is terrible isn’t it a bad call to run a play right behind him. Or do we not believe that was the designed play?

  10. Destinjohnny Says:

    He where is my man SB?
    I bet him a game jersey that we would go 6-10
    He said 10-6
    Pay up time haha!

  11. Warrenfb12 Says:

    Dave Moore was pretty technical on his explanation of how the play was benenoch’s fault.

  12. Waterboy Says:

    Defense was exhausted because they didn’t make enough plays to get off the field. Too many missed tackles on Lamar Jackson.

  13. TheBucsAnthem Says:

    I just do not get why benenoch is still starting?????????

    Is Alex Cappa THAT BAD that he cannot even play a whole game???????

    ……then why in the hell did we waste a high draft pick on him????

  14. Rod Munch Says:

    TheBucsAnthem – Cappa was that bad in the preseason, yes. Not sure about now, hopefully he’s improved, but he was a huge project player and I’m guessing he’s not ready yet.

    Why Licht took a guy who profiled more as a UDFA in the 3rd round, but hopefully next year Cappa will show why the Bucs took him so high.

  15. Stevbobucsfan Says:

    As a long time bucs fan , I am just tied of all the excuses and losses. I mean we are in a lot of these games to the end but it always end up being a bad play call, a bad penalty, a turn over always something with this team. I am reaching out to buc fans. Do we need a more disipline coaching staff or do we need to start bring in a different type of players. We have a top rated defense but a 5 and probaly 11 team

  16. Rod Munch Says:

    Again I’ll just say what Dave Moore said on radio, according to him, based on Jensen’s footwork on the play he was expecting help – and no help came. He said Jensen took a back step which means someone was supposed to be there, and no one was. To me, just watching TV, I saw Jensen get ran over, but Moore says it’s not that simple, someone didn’t do their job OR there was a ‘communication’ issue.

    Just worth putting that out there since Moore said he watched the play several times and was very authoritative about his comment, and it’s usual for him to be that forceful in his commentary, so he seemed very certain about what he was saying.

  17. Alvin Scissors Harper Says:

    The offense just couldn’t get anything done today and that’s why the defense was so tired. The D was on the field all day.
    Hey Joe, how about a story on that great Bucs drive when they received a gift and got the ball on the Ravens 14 and couldn’t move it at all and had to settle for a field goal? That was a huge opportunity by the offense and a complete fail yet again.

  18. Not there yet Says:

    Worst than Lovie Smith he just happens to have a personality. The offense looks no different from mccown, to Fitz to Winston outside of a couple out of his mind games that had more to do with Fitz than anything else. When your an offense coach and your paid to put up points and you can’t thats your done

    I guess it’s winstons fault the dumb arse coaches decided to run behind the worse guard on the team huh. Paying Marpet big money for what? Ignorant and plain stupid and I suspect they would try and take any chance to try and prove everyone is wrong about the right side of his line. Great thing is we can stop the pipe dream talk about playoff chances and finally talk about who the next coach will be. I hate Koetters freaking guys but hate the glazers more for wasting another year of my football life.

  19. bucanation Says:

    Glazers do as little as they can as owners that’s why we were stuck with this coordinator as a head coach Gm has to go as well Glazers do your f job an dbring in a head coach and gm and fix your scouting department or get the hell out of our lives

  20. Destinjohnny Says:

    Jason has to go people
    I’m not worried about dirk

  21. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    TheBucsAnthem Says:
    December 16th, 2018 at 4:42 pm
    ………and barber being buried was a coaching fault

    EVERY FREAKING PERSON watching this game knew a run was coming in that formation/package

    ……….the ravens study tape too……cmon Koetter!!!!!!!!

    This game was ultimately lost due to bad coaching/called plays.

    I couldn’t have said it better…..we have absolutely no imagination…..this was the time for a 5 yard pass or play action with Jameis rolling out….as the announcers said….we went to that well once too often….

    We haven’t been able to get 3rd & 1 or 4th & 1 all year….
    And it seems like we have some rule that we are following that we must run the ball in the red zone.

  22. bucanation Says:

    Jenson is a time bomb ready to lose a game with his bullshiiiit penalties

  23. PSLBob Says:

    On the radio, Dave Moore watched the replay several times and concluded that Jensen’s footwork suggested he was expecting Benenoch to slide his way to assist in blocking. Benenoch screwed up. Need to jettison his arse.

  24. Jean Lafitte Says:

    Joe has a posse lol …our defense was exhausted because our supposed great passing offense kept them on the field.

  25. AKickInTheBucNuts Says:

    That sneaky run up the middle play sure fools every team every time!

  26. Mike10 Says:

    I understand Benenoch has been plying exceptionally horrible this year, but we’ve been calling the OL woes for years on this site. Joe just chose to make Martin the whipping boy while propping Donovan Smith up.

    Welcome to reality joes, it’s not just this year.

  27. tnew Says:

    A professional team should be able to convert 3rd and 1 the majority of the time. Under Koetter, this is the down and distance of doom. I’m not going back to look this over but I bet the conversion percent is hovering around 30% worse than league average.

  28. tnew Says:

    And yes. Play a game in the north east, in winter, with rain and the lines will dictate the outcome of the game. But our theory is let our QB try to win it for us. Also, the drops from our receivers this season is getting disturbing.

  29. Fire Light Says:

    Line is brutal. And no Derwin James Jr. Fire Licht!!

  30. Fire Light Says:

    Vita Velcro is back. Get LICHT OUT OF OBP… Don’t let him screw up another draft.