Even With Change, Bucs Offensive Line Should Still Be Damn Good

June 14th, 2022

Useful stats (this time).

This is one example of the PFF Tribe demonstrating it can be useful.

Joe absolutely hates the tribe’s grades. Joe wouldn’t wipe his arse with them. Yet they have folks fully conned and hoodwinked that their grades are the last words of any upright football savant.


But the tribe keeps stats. Some, Joe can tolerate and appreciate. Take something the tribe pumped out recently. It seems the Bucs’ offensive line rarely allowed a quarterback hit. Yeah, a big part of that is how quickly Tom Brady gets rid of the ball.

Another big part is that the offensive line is just damn good. (“Favorable passing conditions.”) Even with two new guards, veteran Super Bowl-winner Shaq Mason at right guard and either solid backup Aaron Stinnie or rookie Luke Goedeke at left guard, it’s a strong unit. Joe understands the powers that be at One Buc Palace are very high on Goedeke.

Why is Joe confident the line will be strong? It seems the Bucs were so dominant last year protecting Brady, that even a dropoff would have the Bucs near the top of the mountain as far as protecting the quarterback.

In 2021, the Bucs allowed the fewest quarterback hits in six years. So what happens with a slightly revamped offensive line, the Bucs may only be a top-five pass-protecting unit? Winner, winner, chicken dinner!

How many offensive lines can lose two studs and still have a top-shelf group? Other than the Bucs, that is?

10 Responses to “Even With Change, Bucs Offensive Line Should Still Be Damn Good”

  1. TBChucky Says:

    I hope they’re right.. I’m not worried about Mason at all. It seems we have two viable candidates for the LG spot. I’m rooting for the rookie. But there’s always a rookie learning curve.

  2. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Agree entirely TB Chucky

  3. Dooley Says:

    Big part of Lichts’ tenure in Tampa has been raising the standard and quality of our offensive line. The man hasn’t hit on every piece he’s added through free agency or the draft, but Licht sure deserves credit for the starting talent and the depth on our OL. Right now, it’s all eyes on the competition at LG, but I’m curious to see how new guys like Fred Johnson or Curt Blackwell do throughout camp and preseason. Should be good, even better if we can stay relatively healthy

  4. Craig Says:

    In some ways they will be better. Cappa was our primary push for the run game. Mason will do it better.

    Marpet can’t be replaced, but a new dynamic will be fine.

  5. teacherman777 Says:

    Donald Penn was on that Raiders team.

    Lovie was a moron.

  6. GOB Says:

    Mason is a clear upgrade over cappa. He’ll commit fewer penalties too. I don’t look at it as though they lost two studs. Marpet was a fine guard, but they’ll be fine with the rookie or stinnie. Mason is a road grater. He’s also one of the finest pulling guards in the league. The bucs run game needs some imagination.

  7. SlyPirate Says:


    Don’t sleep on Hainsey. He flashed last year. This year he is noticeably bulked up. Any way this shakes out, the Bucs have two OL backups worthy of being starters.

    I like starting Stinnie. Leave Hainsey as OG/C backup and grooming Goedeke as a OG/OT backup.

  8. Joe Says:

    Don’t sleep on Hainsey. He flashed last year.

    Did he?

  9. Goatfarmer Says:

    Wirfs proved he is indispensable. He goes down the Bucs are toast.

  10. TampabayDJ82 Says:

    Slypirate – I don’t believe HAINSEY was active for any game last year , so where did he flash ? He might have flashed his headlights in the parking lot cuz the groundskeeper stole his parking spot every day ! But that’s about all he flashed . Not saying he won’t be a good player , but if the Bucs seen the same flash you did they wouldn’t have drafted a LG so high . I believe he is destined for a backup role at least until Brady is gone. Hopefully that’s not for a couple years. Go Bucs