“I Felt Like We Were Able To Get More Pop”

October 5th, 2020

So what caused the surge of the Buccaneers’ running game yesterday?

Joe’s not used to watching a balanced attack.

Left guard Ali Marpet talked about it on the Buccaneers Radio Network after the game.

“I felt like we were able to get more pop,” Marpet said.

Joe could see it from the opening snap. Play 2 of the Bucs’ first drive is in the screen shot above. Ronald Jones went six yards behind Marpet and Donovan Smith before being touched en route to a 10 yard gain.

Joe asked Marpet about that line “pop” this morning and whether he saw a reason why it happened after watching the game film. Marpet credited the line being “on the same page,” excellent tight end blocking and running backs falling forward.

As for the second half Bucs comeback against the Chargers, Marpet said, “We played to our ability. … I felt like there was a confidence we’d be able to get it done. Tom was confident, the whole offense was very confident. If we were given our opportunities, we’d be able to close them out.”

Regarding the winning drive, Marpet shared Tom Brady’s words before it happened. ‘This is the drive that’s going to get it done,’ Brady said, per Marpet.

18 Responses to ““I Felt Like We Were Able To Get More Pop””

  1. Cobraboy Says:

    Finally, True Player Leadership.

    Not just words.

  2. vic robertson Says:

    lolz- tb aint jackin around- time to learn from the master…baaa

  3. Bobby M. Says:

    Wait….Brady didn’t start licking his fingers and rambling about being hungry?

  4. Bill_T Says:

    It is one thing to talk about it. It is another thing to do it. They did it. Good things going forward.

  5. SlyPirate541 Says:

    -3-1 in the first Q of the season
    -#1 in NFCS
    -#4 Defense in NFL

    Let’s beat Chicago on TNF! I like the Bucs chances. 4-1 looks pretty nice.

  6. ModHairKen Says:

    Donovan Smith. I did not notice him at all yesterday. That’s the hallmark of a good job by a LT.

  7. james west Says:

    what no finger eating w’s pre game rah rah rah rah speech, h ha ha ha ha for the team to tune out ha ha ha ha ha ha ha what a difference, when brady speaks in the huddle, pre game, post game, press conference, tick tock, instagram, facebook, twitter, his backyard or kitchen people listen, we are blessed he CHOSE US and i for one are grateful he did, and i will also be first to say sign this man to a contract a lifelong per say contract of his choice of the duration of time, of coarse with team option, in case father time suddenly catches up to tom, i am starting to think brady is a robot, what i seen yesterday a normal 43 year old man is not supposed to be able to do, achieve and accomplish, unbelievable this has to be in the record book, for his age

  8. james west Says:

    and the pnly one i see beating it, will be brady himself, does anyone else think another QB out there is going to be playing at tom’s age? and tossing 5 TD passes? highly unlikely, so in essence we witnessed history, and how lucky for the few fans there to see it live, question is will he break this record this year with 6 TD tosses or better? well we have what 12 games to find out

  9. 813bucboi Says:

    the offense is starting to click….

    great work BL!!!

    GO BUCS!!!

  10. Cannon Says:

    Joe, you misunderstood Ali on this one… he was just trying to tell the audience that the Buc’s replaced their Gatorade with soda.

  11. Davenport Buc Says:

    ‘This is the drive that’s going to get it done,’ Brady said
    ….. When God speaks, men listen

  12. Chris Boyd Says:

    gladto get the win, but the secondary started to look a little shaky. hopefully it isnt a trend, and i have faith in bowles to get it figured out, but we cant play defense like we did the 1st half against the gb’s and seattle’s of the world, which are the teams we need to be thinking about now. hopefully the falcons can get an upset, knock gb off the undefeated ranks. either way, its nice to have hope again! lets go bucs!

  13. Rod Munch Says:

    Anyone at this level that needs to be lead is a Grade A d-bag. Leadership at this level is a silly notion – assuming you’re a man.

  14. JimmyJack Says:

    Anybody noticing how much time Tom Brady is getting from the OL?

    They have really stepped up their game to protect a HOFer.

    Nice to see them improve in runblocking too. You gotta be happy with the OL play we are getting.

  15. mark2001 Says:

    Rod…you sound like an old codger like me, that has forgotten what it means to be young. These guys are mostly in their early to mid 20s, having lived in a super star athlete bubble all their lives. Motivation… leadership…you bet it is important. Man, it even makes a difference in an organization full of middle aged people.

  16. HomerSimpsonRocks Says:

    Davenport Buc: Amen brother!

  17. Rod Munch Says:

    mark2001 – I’m not that old, but even in my 20s I was disgusted by ‘leaders’ and even more disgusted by people that needed leadership. Having confidence in someone is one thing, but people who are aimless without leadership make me want to puke!

  18. Rod Munch Says:

    JimmyJack – It’s the 2nd year in the offense, so you’re going to get extra time just from the o-line being together in the same offense. But also defenses are playing Brady different than they played Winston. With Winston you had someone that was looking deep first (by design in Arians offense), with Brady — I think he’s normally looking short first, then going to mid and finally deep (not all the time, but most). Also Brady has a very fast release, always has, and teams are respecting that. Winston had an above average release, but also was throwing deep which takes longer to wind up.

    Overall the o-line is doing their job, but I think they did a good job last year too – but when you throw more than anyone and you throw way deeper than anyone, you’re going to give up more sacks than anyone, that’s just the reality of that offense.