“I Think It’s Actually Irresponsible For Him To Play”

December 9th, 2018

A former player who collects a paycheck from the Buccaneers took a sledgehammer to the Tampa Bay offensive line and the team’s personnel decisions after today’s blowout loss to the Saints.

Ex-Bucs and Bears blocking tight end John Gilmore has seen enough and has reached a new level of disgust with the Tampa Bay O-line.

Gilmore has been blasting the line all season and he escalated today.

On right guard Caleb Benenoch, Gilmore said he is so bad he is dragging down the entire line and is a danger to Jameis Winston. Gilmore called for Benenoch to be benched for the rest of the season. “I think it’s actually irresponsible for him to play,” he said. “I don’t know why he’s still playing.”

Demar Dotson struggled today, but Gilmore said you can attribute plenty of that to covering for Benenoch — or attempting to.

Gilmore wants more Alex Cappa immediately in Benenoch’s place and implored fans to realize that one very weak link on an O-line creates a massive ripple effect, and that’s the case with the Bucs. The rest of the line is “overcompensating” for Benenoch.

Center Ryan Jensen took some shots from Gilmore for his overall play, as did Donovan Smith.

On Jameis, Gilmore said “he wins my ironman award for today” for playing behind this Bucs O-line.

“Somebody’s going to get hurt,” Gilmore added, referring to Benenoch potentially continuing at right guard.

47 Responses to ““I Think It’s Actually Irresponsible For Him To Play””

  1. Jason Says:

    Can’t argue with any of his takes. This O-Line is a disaster!

  2. SchwiftyBuc Says:

    yet another case where Koetter chose to hold on to a bum just long enough for it to turn around and bite him in the ace.

  3. Aaron Says:

    Ravens and Cowboys on the road next – going to get ugly

  4. Cgmaster27a Says:

    Oh look, someone who played the game can see what s joke the line was today. But according to the trolls, it was all Jameis.

  5. Tampa Bay Demon Says:

    Thank you, Gilmore. This OL is a complete piece of crap. Donovan Smith, in a contract year no less, leads the way. Get him, and Calwb Benenoch the F out of here. Try to salvage something of this OL. They are God Awful. When Dirk talks about how they are better tgan people rhink…. remind you of how he talked about Mike smith?

  6. Not there yet Says:

    Another reason that idiot Koetter should be fired, he’s worse than Lovie Smith what a big time amateur. Ok so he called out the o line finally today but they’ve sucked all year just not this bad. Can’t wait to get this guy outta here

  7. Troy Says:

    Benonech is the worst guard, and I use that term loosely, in the league.

  8. Defense Rules Says:

    @Gilmore … “implored fans to realize that one very weak link on an O-line creates a massive ripple effect.” Yea verily. The Bucs OLine has stunk it up all season long. Problem is that it isn’t JUST one weak link. And the one who’s “going to get hurt” is Jameis. Hec was doing OK in the first half, but came unglued in the second half as the OLine imploded even more than usual. Thank you once again Jason Licht for the spectacular job of building the trenches.

  9. NPRSageBoy Says:

    Add Donovan Smith to the Hall of Shame. Bench both Dotson and Bennenoch immediately. Play Wester at RT and Cappa at RG. Tell Donovan Smith to cut out the goofy Ali and Donovan crap and focus on playing if he wants to get paid.

  10. Zwak Says:

    He’s not the only liability!

  11. Zwak Says:

    Our o-line is a mess guys!

  12. TheBucsAnthem Says:

    I have been saying for like 5 weeks now that Benenoch maybe the worst RG i have ever seen suit up for the bucs and should’ve been benched a long time ago.

    I just dunno why the coaching staff keeps on putting him out there???????

  13. SOEbuc Says:

    Should of benched about 6 weeks ago. Once again, Koetter keeping the best players starting.

  14. Dapostman Says:

    Beneoch was Mr Look Out Block at the end of last season. He never was great but has regressed. Need to play Wester, Cappa and Lietke.

  15. Alvin Scissors Harper Says:

    The BS “playoff hunt” is officially over. Let’s see what Cappa can do.

  16. Rod Munch Says:

    I can’t stand the “hot take” garbage for the most part, you end up with morons talking about McCoy is trash but Ryan Smith has a bright future. However in this case I really I don’t see why Cappa isn’t playing.

  17. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Not only should Cappa play but so should Rojo & Watson…..an entire game…..it’s time for some developing of younger players…..As most of you know I am very opposed to losing on purpose…..but I have no problem with yanking starters for younger players who need to play in real games.

  18. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    I have to agree, except I don’t give Dotson a free pass.

    Put in Alex Cappa, and put in Leonard Wester in place of Dotson.

    Season is over…may as well see if the young guys can step up.

  19. DBS Says:

    At least somebody sees the samething we do with these two losers . The one he forgot was Dotson. The original play killer.

  20. Ndog Says:

    Yeah so now that the season is over time to look at positionS of need. LT, RG, RB, RT, MLB, CB, DE, S, K (of course). So the question is who will be selecting said players?

  21. Rod Munch Says:

    Hard to say on Dotson if he was in fact covering for other guys.

    Also, just a reminder, the Saints have had a pretty good defense for the most part for the last two years. This either THE best team or the second best team in football who dismantled the Rams.

    While it’s fun and easy to jump on bandwagons, the Saints are clearly the better team, with better talent and much better coaching. Benenoch hasn’t been playing well for most of the season, but Dotson should get the benefit of the doubt as he’s been OK for most of the year, not good, but OK, and you can’t have five good offensive lineman due to the salary cap.

  22. Conte Piscatelli Says:

    Any chance we can get Garrett Gilkey back?

  23. Bobby M. Says:

    The entire o-line is avg….which can work to a degree if they are hungry dogs. I think Jensen delivers that on every play even if he screws up….Marpet is fundamentally sound but not polished yet due to being moved around constantly….Smith is avg….Dotson avg…Benenoch terrible. They cant run block to save their own lives. We’ve pumped how many picks and cash into the line? Another issue directly tied to Licht. The roster has no vision to it….Licht tried to hang his hat on collecting talent but he misses too much and puts the talent together where its least effective. Nobody wins championships with depth at WR, TE and LB.

  24. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    I think Dotson has been below average for years

  25. rrsrq Says:

    I would play Fitz also, because the next two games, the Raven and Cowboys defensive line against our offensive line – since Fitz maybe retiring anyway, naw that would still be wrong – no QB or RB is safe the next three weeks

  26. Danny Says:

    Short of Marpet and Jensen, the rest of these guys need to go. I could see hanging onto Dotson for one more year as a bridge to a younger player.

    Smith and I Can’t Block need to go.

  27. Rayjay1122 Says:

    Whoever evaluates these players should be put in prison. This is criminal.

  28. BrianBucs Says:

    If Winston keeps holding the ball too long because he is confused by coverages then the O – Line will lose their blocks

  29. Warrenfb12 Says:

    This is one of the major reasons Koetter should be fired. He’s blindly loyal to players/coaches even when they don’t produce. I’m calling into his show to bust his chops about Bennenoch Friday.

  30. Kevinator24 Says:

    Honestly I think this O-line play is as much Warhop’s fault as it is Koetter’s and Licht’s. Our run game is his fault too. He is the run game coordinator. I blame him for Benenoch being kept in there all damn season. Kappa might have been as bad at first but I’m sure he would be doing much better by now.

  31. Nprbuc Says:

    How can you NOT play the young guys now? We have proven that the coaching and starters we have now aren’t cutting it. Let’s see if we have a diamond or two riding the pine. Give these guys some experience against real teams and see what we have. That includes Wester, Cappa, Watson and GRIFFIN! Griffin has held a roster spot for 3 years now and has never taken an NFL snap? What’s wrong with that picture? Let the kid play for Gods sake. 68% in preseason. 4 TDS Vs 0 interceptions and about a 105 rating. He was playing against 2 nd stringers or worse but he was also playing behind the same grade people with no Evans, OJ or Godwin to throw to. Either play the kid or let him go and fill his roster spot with someone else who has a chance to help this team. Dirk is blind to think he is putting a winning team on the field each week. He has to go.

  32. Kgh4life Says:

    Every offseason the Bucs bring in new players for the o-line and have the same results, inconsistency. At this point one has to look at Warhop as the biggest culprit, that guy has gotten away with mediocre o-line play for 5 years now, how is that possible? Then i realized Dirk Koetter is the head coach.

  33. Destinjohnny Says:

    Bad drafting
    Been saying all year we have 6-10 talent
    Hell I even bet a guy a game jersey who said we would go 10-6
    Mate I’ll take a roll tide special O.J. Howard large

  34. Defense Rules Says:

    It all starts in the trenches … no exceptions. Once our DLine started getting their collective acts together after the first 8 games, the defense stepped up & improved considerably. Unfortunately that took half a season, just like it did in 2016 & pretty much in 2017. It’s nice to blame all that on Smitty, but IMO it was a lot more than just that. Some of it also had to do with untimely injuries to key players, some to the ‘new guys’ getting adjusted to how their fellow position players play, and a lot IMO to players who weren’t ‘playing up to their potential’.

    The Bucs OLine has suffered from similar issues, although it’s been relatively healthy all season. Our offense has typically started games slow over the past 3 years & that’s been a continuing problem (Bucs aren’t a good team at ‘playing from behind’). That’s largely attributable to the OLine not getting the job done & not being consistent IMO. I suspect we’ll see a LOT of changes next year in terms of both coaches AND players.

  35. SOEbuc Says:

    Don’t hate on Dot too much. He is gone after this year but he’s been one of the better olineman on this squad over the years and he’s 98.5 years old.

  36. Bucko40 Says:

    Funny how everyone said That making Jensen the highest paid center was a smart move and would solve all the OL Problems. Where are they now?

  37. DayOnePaul Says:

    So Warhop is Koetter’s Friend, and Benenoch is Warhop’s Nephew. Too much damn nepotism in this regime. Same reason Mike Smith stayed a year and a quarter too long.

  38. THETRUTH Says:

    This is why Kotter will be gone , he makes mistakes like this over and over , last year Doug Martin. Redskins found guys off the street that play better than half out Oline yet we continue to hope he can play good.

    Jason L , continues to select terrible in draft and all player personal needs to go Shelton Q needs to be evaluated closely as well

  39. jjbucfan Says:

    Hey everyone, BrianBucs, said it is Winston’s fault for holding the ball too long, lol.😂😂😂 he is the only one thematic must be correct, the best football analyst out of all of us. Can someone show that D Bag to the wine cellar? Silly Dilly- dumb a$$

  40. Jameis Almighty! Says:

    Now that’s an excellent and insightful take. Ironman Jameis.

  41. Jameis Almighty! Says:

    Winston holding the ball too long!? Lol younWinston Bashers are digging deep for insults and put downs.

  42. DB55 Says:

    DB55 Says:
    October 11th, 2018 at 12:57 am
    The man (jameis) thrives under pressure but even diamonds can shatter.

    And that might just happen with Dotson watching his six. He might get his shoulder, ankle, knee or head shattered.

    Lichts inability to draft a RT like Ryan Ramczyk should get him fined for willful negligence or arrested for endangering the life of others

  43. Kobe Faker Says:

    “It ironic that we the Bucs the the 1st chance to get the very good saints defensive players before they did

    Rannkins and vonn would had been our 10 year starters in there position we wouldnt have to worry about”

    Kobe Faker

  44. JIMMY T Says:

    Hey BrianBucs
    Seriously? Jameis holding on to the ball too long is the problem? He HAS TO HOLD ON to the ball a little bit GEEZ! He ran as much as he could & could have had a devastating knee injury to end the first half! My issue is the COACHING! At halftime u knew it was tight coverage so why not adjust and call dump passes to the RBS? No adjustments made! Look if we make those two FGS I believe the BUCS win the game but that second miss after the fumble recovery DESTROYED this team! Game Over!! We dominated the first half & there is no way the SAINTS dobwhat they do if we make those kicks! This loss is on the kicker but we still need a new coaching staff!

  45. AlabamaBucsFan Says:

    The entire right side needs a remake along with their Oline coach.

  46. BUCWAD Says:

    The D-LINE is finally getting healthy and starting to look like a serviceable NFL group. That’s a start, I would not mind if the D-coaches were given a little more time to build the back end and linebackers. The O-Line is a joke and has to be retooled, the guards and center pos. Can be serviceable if they let the right players on the field. Both tackles need to be replaced and right guard. Let Easton or one of the other young guys get the playing time and experience that is being wasted on Benanoch the guy has had his turn play CapPA get him the reps maybe Cappa and Easton will develop into a fair to even good rotation LET THE PLAY, BENCH THE GARDEN gate. Hire the special teams coach Dungey had as a CO-Head Coach and do something with the strength &conditioning group, to many injuries every year.

  47. TOM Says:

    Licht just announced that the #1 priority in the draft is a kicker. Heard it through the grape vine.