Ugly Day For OL

July 29th, 2019

OL may be running out.

Joe would hate to be the guy who launders Bucs practice pants. Because the Bucs’ offensive line has been filling them up like a sick infant.

Yesterday, Bucs coach Bucco Bruce Arians spoke about how the offensive line “crap their pants” they played so poorly.

Well, the Bucs defense dominated the offensive line so much today the Bucs are going to have to hose off the turf inside the Glazer Shed like municipal crews in New Orleans hose down Bourbon Street each morning at daybreak from all the previous day’s mule droppings.

Joe is not one to constantly rag on the offensive line for everything from the Ebola virus to North Korea testing missiles. In fact, Joe has more often than not defended the offensive line from the habitual hollering and scapegoating of Bucs fans.

Not today.

The Bucs’ defense simply worked over the offensive line. Time and again. It didn’t matter. Running plays, passing plays, the offensive line was getting swarmed.

Granted, Bucs left tackle Donovan Smith didn’t practice a whole lot because he has a nicked up Achilles (he did rag doll  Noah Spence once). Alex Cappa played a lot at right guard. It wasn’t pretty. And Demar Dotson sat out on what Arians called a veteran day off.

Even when the Earl of Watford was on the field, it didn’t help.

“I feel like everybody’s coming together,” Bucs nose tackle Vita Vea said of the defensive front.

Even Lawrence Taylor Devin White got into the act. He blitzed America’s Quarterback, Pro Bowler Jameis Winston, once, got in his face and forced Jameis into a dump off pass that was picked.

Yes, Joe knows it is still July. But if the Bucs’ offensive line is getting owned this bad by a defensive front-seven nobody expected to be special, what happens when the Bucs face a team that does have a respected front-seven?

29 Responses to “Ugly Day For OL”

  1. Loyaltotheend Section 312 Says:

    But Joe has always said the awful run game and inconsistent pass protection isn’t the o lines fault…

    Joe might be eating crow just like he did when he pimped Johnny Manziel as a good qb and labeled Dominik a “Rockstar”

  2. Chris Cotten Says:

    Hey Joe’s and Ira, I would like to meet you guys, SF opener, 109 row X

  3. Joe Says:

    Joe might be eating crow just like he did when he pimped Johnny Manziel as a good qb and labeled Dominik a “Rockstar”

    Nope. Saying the Bucs offensive line, down two starting tackles, is getting eaten up in the first two padded practices.

    Don’t think Joe ever wrote the Bucs have a young John Hannah at right guard.

  4. RustyRhinos Says:

    You can sure tell who it is yelling after the play, my guess is #28. Is All Time Low, and Pierce the Veil having a concert in Tampa?

  5. Kgh4life Says:

    This is what happens when an NFL organization haven’t been able to properly develop oline depth for a period of time and mismanaged the cap so poorly that they couldn’t even sign adequate oline men to come in and compete. Another indictment on Jason Licht.

  6. dmatt Says:

    Benenoch is a dud. If we r depending on him for protection, we r better off getting Barney Fife. Benenoch has lead feet n is soft as tissue. I can c him b n bullied in first game by Nick Bosa n later on by urs truly JJWatts. We need to make some trades possibly Brate, JEvans, Hargreaves for a proven lineman.

  7. Ricky Says:

    Joe,Thank you for your report.

  8. Alaskan Abdominal Snowman Says:

    Wow! Under 2.5 seconds, hey at least he got a hand on him, progress….

    This is where the excitment for this year halts and fear of this whOa-Line come into play.

  9. ModHairKen Says:

    Two days of practice does not tell us much. In fact, history shows a couple of 4-0 preseasons followed by some really awful seasons.

    The question is are they getting better over a period of time?

  10. Pelbuc61 Says:

    Hopefully, Bucs can find some OL castoffs from other teams during the cuts. Cappa sounds like a project at best and the depth is also questionable. Pre season will highlight the deficiencies on the line. Another example on why Licht is such a horrible GM.

  11. Wesley Says:

    Gotta somehow get OL help.

  12. Waterboy Says:

    Not the high priced offensive line!!

  13. AwShbucs Says:

    Hmm it’s almost as though the section of the the fan base that’s been bemoaning and groaning about the Oline, and demanding an overhaul, were right..

    Including Bruce Arians when he first arrived who specifically mentioned it needed an upgrade at the owners meeting if I recall correctly.

    Now the only option we have is a trade. I’d trade a 2020 2nd and 2021 3rd to the Eagles for Brandon Brooks, or attempt to were I the GM of the team. Then again if I were the Gm I’d have traded up in the 2nd to draft Will Hernandez last season and we wouldnt be in this

    This Oline is the position group that has most potential to derail this season.

  14. DB55 Says:

    Joe why did you write an article about the oline but posted a picture of Gerald McCoy? 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣

  15. Alaskan Abdominal Snowman Says:

    Anyone got Trent Williams’ number?

  16. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    Okay, so only 3 of 5 starters practiced, and another only for a few plays, and suddenly the whole line sucks?

  17. AwShbucs Says:

    You can make excuse after excuse Bonzai, but the Olinez specifically its run blocking, has been atrocious.

    The fact that they are getting worked over by an improved and more dominant Vea, and the always impactful Ndamukong Suh, plus a bunch of crazy blitzes crafted by TB, really comes as no surprise to me or anyone with a lick of sense.

  18. LordCorn Says:

    OL definitely biggest concern this year IMO. No point in all these weapons if the QB doesn’t get time or we’re in bad situations due to RBs getting hit behind the line / sacks

    That said other observations I’ve read have said Dot/Jensen/Marpet all been looking solid while Cappa looks improved altho still a work in progress. I’ll personally have to wait till preseason to judge and that should give us a good reality check of both lines

  19. Buczilla Says:

    An old wise man named Ted Webb once said that you can’t make chicken salad out of chicken $hit.

  20. Bird Says:

    I bet half the teams in nfl are inquiring about Trent Williams.
    Bucs should join the group.

  21. Buc4evr Says:

    I feel like the Bucs have totally ignored the elephant in the room in the draft and off season. Gump has done nothing to improve the issue and has ignored free agents readily available for a div 3 player. As I have said before there are SEC UNDFAs better than Cappa. The lousy O-line is why we have no running game and will eventually get Winston injured. Are the Bucs so stupid that they continue to keep the same lousy players on the O-line year after year ? Gump needs to go.

  22. Bucsfan951 Says:

    This is what happens when licht tries to get cute with drafting a small time college player like cappa with a premium pick… or draft a kicker in the second… or 10 db’s in the first 3 rounds… hard to build a line when you don’t draft linemen 🤷🏻‍♂️

  23. BucEmUp Says:

    Why is Benenoch starting, what about the other kid?

  24. Christopher Schiefen Says:

    OR, nobody in the NFL has offensive line depth (down two tackles), and Joe massively, massively underrated both the new defensive players, the improvement of the returning players, and Todd Bowles’ scheme. Maybe just maybe Jason Licht gave Todd better talent than Mike Maccagnan ever did.

  25. BA FAN Says:

    Benenoch is being played at OT with the first team to decide if he can be serviceable with further development. If the answer is no they need to spend their time moving Cappa over to OT now to develop to cover both Tackle positions, and concentrate on developing Zach Bailey and Veteran Guard Liedtke to play RG. I felt Holcomb did a decent job at RT last year and could compete with Cappa to backup that position. LeRibeus needs to be groomed to backup Jensen. If we still need help we could do a trade for an older RG. We could cut Evan Smith and use his cap space to get an older RG.

  26. Duthsty Rhothdes Says:

    5-11 GM builds 5-11 team & has ZERO cap dollars to improve his horrible personnel moves

  27. BucsFan727 Says:

    Joe, our starting tackles wouldnt even be 2nd stringers on most teams. Dotsons knee didnt look fully healed or he didnt trust it. He got beat on to many inside moves. And are left tackle who rag dolled Spence. I heared it was Spence who rag dolles Smith. Knocked him on his axx. If D Smith plays hard he will have a good chance of getting hurt. Last I thoughy he was trying not to get hurt. He shure as hell didnt earn that 2yr extension. He got it by default. We cant fix everything in one year. The oline is this teams weak link. Plus no depth. Caugh caugh Trent Williams .Licht make a move.

  28. BucsFan727 Says:

    We dont have the hogs up front we need a gaurd at minimum. To help are weak axx center not get nocked back. Thats why pulling guards was really stupid last year. The dang center would get knocked back in to the pulling gaurd. Sure hes great at man handling some LBs but he needs help from the gaurds. We only got one starter.Plus Jamies can step up in the pocket when are tackles get beat on the speed rush every other play. Build the F N line Tampa. Scrape up your dam penneys and make some moves or it will be a long season for Jamies and the RBs.

  29. Bradentonbuc Says:

    This should definitely be something you follow closely Joe. Since we got the same OL coach as the one that almost ruined Andrew Luck’s career