Publication Doesn’t Like Bucs’ Offensive Line Depth

May 24th, 2022

Mystery author has weird take.

Though this analysis comes from the website created by former NFL general manager Mike Tannenbaum, Joe has a hard time believing he typed this.

Why is Joe guessing who cobbled together this story? Because there is no byline.

Over at The 33rd Team, someone (or some folks) picked each NFL team’s weakness. And strangely, offensive line depth was singled out as the Bucs’.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Offensive Line Depth

Tom Brady coming out of retirement certainly helped the Buccaneers to retain many of their key free agents; however, one player the Bucs could have used this year was Alex Cappa who signed with the Cincinnati Bengals. The Bucs were able to bring in Shaq Mason from the Patriots, but Cappa was an extremely important depth player who was able to make his impact when the Buccaneers’ offensive line suffered injuries. If the same happens again this season, the Buccaneers could be in some trouble with their top backup being unproven second-round pick Luke Goedeke. There aren’t many holes on this team, but offensive line depth could certainly come into play given the rigors of the NFL season.

So let Joe get this straight: Alex Cappa, a three-year starter, was a “depth piece?” No wonder there’s no byline with analysis as lame as this. A depth piece? Joe can only guess whoever typed this confused Cappa with Aaron Stinnie, but that’s just a guess because Stinnie is still on the roster.

Offensive line depth shouldn’t be an issue.

If Luke Goedeke starts at left guard, that gives the Bucs solid depth with Nick Leverett and Stinnie. And Robert Hainsey can play multiple positions.

If the Bucs have a weakness, it is the depth of the defensive front-seven.

C’mon Tannenbaum, crack the whip on your staff. Joe understands in about three weeks it will be time for football folks to go on vacation, but they can’t be daydreaming this badly now.

23 Responses to “Publication Doesn’t Like Bucs’ Offensive Line Depth”

  1. Winny Testaverde Says:

    Royal Tannenbaum is rarely right but never in doubt. Him and Rex Ryan were a belly bumping dream team once upon a time. Robert Hainsey can indeed play multiple positions…most notably “left out”.

  2. Leopold Stotch Says:

    Freezing cold take… Bad job by them

  3. Goatfarmer Says:


  4. Chris Tucker@Apple Roof Cleaning Tampa Says:

    LOL, someone did not do their homework! Lots of idiots out there in the Sports Journalism world, like the idiot who picked the Florida Panthers to sweep our Tampa Bay Lightning.

  5. Bruce Blahak Says:

    DL depth! Suh n mclendon replacements.

  6. Bucsfan4ever Says:

    That’s it! I’m not selling those clowns any more crack or fentanyl!

  7. Maniac Buc Says:

    Man, terrible!!! Then they said the Bucs top back is Goedeke as if he’s not likely to start. I get they were just trying to find something to put in the article, but this is TUR RE BULL!

  8. Mikejp Says:

    He is right, Joe. The Bucs power relies on the OL. When Wirf was injured, the Bucs was in trouble. Here is an evidence: “ Von Miller recorded an absurd pressure rate of 25.0%, per PFF’s first review of the game film, taking backup right tackle Josh Wells to task on a number of reps.”

  9. Defense Rules Says:

    ‘If the Bucs have a weakness, it is the depth of the defensive front-seven.’

    Yup. And it’ll eat us alive if we don’t fix it.

  10. Bucsfan4ever Says:

    I agree with defence rules 100%.

  11. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Hard to have a depth problem when you have 4 players competing for the starting LG position.

  12. Jeff Says:

    Lol! Stick with Joe if you want the real skinny in the Bucs. WR depth is a real problem. That was the story.

  13. PassingThru Says:

    Of course, everyone is assuming that Luke Goedeke can start at RG, which is a good assumption but not a given.

    Overall, I would love a swing tackle, I was hoping that Licht would have taken either a CB or quality developmental OT in the second round last season.

    But the Bucs have other, more pressing concerns: Can JTS really fill 80% of the shoes that JPP filled in years past? Can Licht sign either Hicks or Suh to fill the hole at DE? Can the Bucs sign or trade for one more vet CB? And of course there’s Gronk and the need for a WR to step up and fill the vacuum left by AB.

    That’s quite a laundry list. Backup tackle and a CB would have been nice last season, amid the otherwise well-stocked roster. This season there are more holes and question marks.

  14. Coburn Says:

    Yeah I have very little concern on the interior of the line. I’d be more concerned if one of our tackles went down and as mentioned we have very little depth in dline

  15. Brandon Says:

    PassingThru Says:
    May 24th, 2022 at 8:19 am
    Of course, everyone is assuming that Luke Goedeke can start at RG, which is a good assumption but not a given.


    Shaq Mason is the RG. Goedeke will compete for the LG spot. We didn’t have good depth at OT last season. Hopefully, that will change this season but we didn’t seem to do a whole lot this offseason to fix it.

  16. Seattle Buc is back in TB Says:

    Mikejp is correct. Maybe the Bucs will start Geodeke at Gaurd, but move him to Tackle if there is and injury and bring in Stinnie to fill the guard spot. Our tackles behind Wirfs were exposed against the Rams badly.

  17. PassingThru Says:

    Yep, LG. I need to drink coffee before posting.

  18. Joe Says:

    Our tackles behind Wirfs were exposed against the Rams badly.

    They were until the Bucs adjusted and in the second half the Bucs blocked much better, and all of a sudden the offense arrived. Yes, Wirfs being out was a massive hole but what was worse was Donovan Smith had his worst game of the year at the worst time and Von Miller owned him.

  19. Señor Harry in Costa Rica Says:

    We all know the D-line is the main concern; even there, lets keep in mind we most definitely will add a player or two AFTER cut downs are made and we will have ok depth. Still, I would feel better if we resigned Suh.

    Personally, I think our O-line will be a position of strength, including reserves. Maybe some growing pains early, but later in the season when it counts, I think the O-line will be dominate. You people who complain about D Smith and lack of a quality backup at OT forget there are very, very few teams (if any?) have a backup LT or swing OT that has potential to be a starter for any NFL team

  20. D-Rok Says:

    CBS Sports rated O-Lines last week, it might have been authored by Prisco. They gave perfect “5” scores to only 2 O-Lines: The 49ers and the Bucs.

  21. DoooshLaRue Says:

    Donnie gets a pass on his piss poor play…… because he’s so Durable.
    Had nothing to do with his trademark poor technique.

  22. David Says:

    I’ll trust the buccaneer coaches on that one. STINNIE has been great, Hainsey is great according to the coaches and other players, and now they have a beast of a rookie.

  23. AB Says:

    It IS a comparative weakness (compared to last year and compared to other areas of strength on the team this year)…

    Ironically, the weakest parts of this year’s roster are both lines – not a good omen, as meaningful games are won in the trenches…

    I think it’s 50/50 whether the Bucs even win the division, if Jameis plays at least decently.