Continuity On O-Line Helps

April 11th, 2021

Bucs left guard Ali Marpet.

Some interesting figures from the guys who play with figures for a living, Football Outsiders.

It’s very hard to judge offensive lines without using sack totals or most yards gained on the ground. Unless someone is a football coach, it’s difficult to decipher what is great and what isn’t.

The Football Outsiders crowd seems to think they may have a stat that is a sign of a good offensive line. Call it “Continuity.” If you look at the number of starts each lineman has, and games started at the same position, it can signal a good line. For example, last year three of the four top offensive lines for “Continuity” were playoff teams. Los Angeles Rams, New York Giants, Tampa Bay and Tennesee Titans were the top four teams on this list, types Vincent Verhei.

The past three years the Bucs have had good fortune with injuries on the line, and in each season the Bucs have produced a lot of yards and points.

This past season, that finally transformed into wins, the playoffs, and a friggin’ Super Bowl, bay-BEE!

11 Responses to “Continuity On O-Line Helps”

  1. Medicated Pete Says:

    Marpet, Cappa, D. Smith all missed games so it should be better this season & now we can trust Stinnie coming outta the bullpen

  2. SB~LV Says:

    I would not mind a C/G @ 32…or trading into the top of Rnd 2 and getting one along with another pick…..
    trading up to get Kadaruis Tomey /UF or however that cat’s name is spelled

  3. SOEbuc Says:

    No problem with C Creed Humphrey at 32. He’s already legit. Sit the year under this oline coaching and Tom. Extremely primed in 2022.

  4. adam from ny Says:

    a lot of these ol guys looked like sh!t with winston only a year before…

    why with brady do they all now look like all-pros…?

    what is up with that…?

    gotta love it tho…


  5. lambeau Says:

    Continuity throughout the season is one thing, but the Bucs now have the additional advantage of going into their fourth season with an intact line–other than Wirfs, who is an extremely quick learner, and Cappa not being a starter in 2018. That’s nice long continuity for a unit.

  6. ModHairKen Says:

    Adam from ny, spot on. Same guys, save Wirfs. Having someone who knows what he’s doing behind C makes a huge difference.

  7. stpetebucsfan Says:

    Brady certainly reads D’s FAR better than JW. In fairness over 20 years of experience will do that to a degree, but after five years of having the staring job handed to you JW was still weak in that area.

    Then compare the long baseball windup of JW to Brady’s quick release. Neither of them is mobile but JW is certainly better at escaping once the pocket does collapse.

    And Brady said he is obsessed with throwing spirals…an obsession that clearly missed JW.

  8. SCBucsFan Says:

    If Brady thought Jensen was overpaid he’s be cut at his salary. Since he’s here, well, draw your own conclusions.

  9. SOEbuc Says:

    Great coaching on the oline. Haven’t been able to say that in a long time. All the coaching BA put together around this team does not get their due credit.

  10. 1sparkybuc Says:

    Some people need to check the list of single season franchise records for points scored. My best guess would be Jameis Winston at number 2,3,4,5, and 6. Brady clearly had the best OL over the last six years. Vinnie T still holds the single season record for interceptions at 35.

  11. geno711 Says:

    Coaching, Wirfs and Brady all made this offensive line better.

    Seems like the coaching had a lot to do with making the team better.
    Guys like Cappa and Stinnie became very good under this coaching staff.
    Jensen was better in both seasons with this coaching staff. Dotson was the weakest link and this coaching staff did not resign him even as a backup. Got to give the coaching staff some of the credit for Wirfs as well with no preseason games.

    Wirfs was certainly an upgrade from Dotson. Was a rookie with balance. Showed that he was not going to get beat in the pass rush and seemed a man possessed on some of his run blocking in the playoffs.

    Brady. What did he say to the offensive line? Give me 2.3 seconds. What a way to help the offensive line. With Winston, they did not know if they were trying to pass block for 2.3 seconds or 6 seconds.