“He’s Probably Playing At A Pro Bowl Level”

November 3rd, 2019

Hearing a detailed assessment of each starting Bucs offensive linemen from the guy in charge of them left Joe no doubt about who the Bucs powers believe is having the best season among that group.

Assistant head coach/run game coordinator (what run game?) Harold Goodwin served up a scouting report on each offensive linemen on Buccaneers Radio last week.

Goodwin was truly glowing about center Ryan Jensen and Alex Cappa, and he praised Demar Dotson’s consistency. Yes, Goodwin had positives for Ali Marpet and Donovan Smith, but for them he also worked in Marpet needing work on his pad level and Smith needing to finish plays more consistently and to grind more versus relying on his athleticism.

The most impressive chatter came for Jensen.

“Ryan Jensen’s probably having one his best years. He doesn’t look like a bowling ball out there anymore,” Goodwin said. “These guys used to tell me he used to eat brisket all the time so he was round. He’ll tell you himself he was a little overweight last year. But he’s playing at a high level; he’s probably playing at a Pro Bowl level. Does a good job of directing traffic, getting everybody going in the right direction. And he plays physical, and he’s done a better job this year of not getting stupid penalties.”

Yes, Jensen has improved, and Cappa certainly has morphed into an exciting prospect; hopefully he’ll be back in the lineup today in Seattle.

The Bucs’ offensive line is talented, but they too rarely put together complete games as a unit. Too many breakdowns to be better than average.

9 Responses to ““He’s Probably Playing At A Pro Bowl Level””

  1. Colonel_mp Says:

    Best OL the Bucs have had in a long while. Seem to have a least 5 competent players. Now just need to gel like they did in the LA Rams game.

  2. Sport Says:

    Nice recognition here Joe. I like how fans rag on coaches for coach speak AND rag on coaches for being honest and forthcoming. Stop all the whining. Start appreciations the coaches and players we have. Turning a losing team around can be done immediately, I think most players and coaches thought they would. We didn’t. Give them all some time. Jensen is a beast!

    In BA I Trust!

  3. Bucs Fan Since ‘76 Says:

    Objectively speaking, we still give up a ton of sacks and cannot run the ball. Have we lowered the bar that much?

  4. TOM Says:

    Goodwin is right about D. Smith finishing plays. That’s what comes with being a big lazy ass. I’m sure he could care less what anyone thinks he got his payday at the expense of our stinking GM.

  5. Capt. Tim Says:

    Matt Millen showed time and time again- that Jameis had plenty of time, with a clean pocket.
    The apologist continually want to blame the O-Line- but it aint so.
    We have top corp of WRs. A top corp of TEs. An Above average line.
    Our Running game would be much better, If Our QB could utilize the Resources he has.
    But he doesnt. He is wildly inaccurate. He is prone to force balls,that shouldnt be thrown.
    Watch today. Defenses drop 8 in the box, clog the run game-then dare Jameis to best them. He usually self destructs.
    Arians may praise Jameis publicly- but its a smoke screen, to hide the fact that he is QB shopping.
    I would be surprised if they dont send a scout, to see every promising College QB

  6. tmaxcon Says:

    Dotson consistently the worst lineman on field for both teams

    Marpet gets abused more than a bill Clinton intern

    Jensen has master gift of untimely penalties

    Cappa is a below average talent coupled with top shelf ugly

    And then there is part time d smith takes about half the game to look for food in the stands

    Very proud of this position group…. truly buccaneer men….

  7. Hodad Says:

    Dotson consistent? Yes, he constantly gets holding penalties, and if not get’s constantly beat. Yes this is a star studded O line Licht put together. At least they get paid like one. What a joke this staff is turning out to be. What a joke this team from top, to bottom is. Watch the whole line get destroyed today, and then let the coaches tell you how good they are, and you may not see it on the field, but they’re getting better. At what exactly? I know, finding more ways to lose, then to win.

  8. Duthsty Rhothdes Says:

    They are the reason the bucs are in the playoff hunt

  9. Tom S. Says:

    Funny I remember Jensen last week on the 4th and one play where he was on skates and went backwards a solid yard when the run to his left was blown up. I thought to myself “Yup, that’s the guy Licht made the highest paid center in the league last year.”

    It’s funny, you’d think one of the richest centers in the league would be up for a Pro Bowl almost annually and that there would be a run game to go with it but…nope. The standards here aren’t particularly high for this perpetual 5-11 team.