Robert Hainsey On Sunday’s Challenge

September 8th, 2022

Robert Hainsey

Outside of the Super Bowl, the stage doesn’t get any bigger.

Week 1 of the 2022 season. Nationally televised broadcast on NBC in prime time. Live from Jerry’s World against America’s Team. And second-year center Robert Hainsey is making his first start, snapping the ball to an international celebrity.

How do you do, Mr. Hainsey? What a time for your first NFL start.

Joe fully expects and anticipates Dallas defensive coordinator Dan Quinn to bring everything in the house, specifically budding star Micah Parsons, up the middle to go after the inexperienced Bucs’ interior offensive line.

Let’s just say Hainsey, to use an old Texan phrase, has no plans to be all hat and no cattle.

Hainsey admitted to Joe today that, yes, the Cowboys may just bring the kitchen sink at him and left guard Luke Goedeke in their first NFL starts. But Hainsey believes Dallas will adhere to whatever defensive gameplan they develop, so they may not be bringing heat up the middle.

“I imagine they have a gameplan that they want to stick to,” Hainsey said. “And so do we. So at the end of the day, it’s not something we really think about.

“We go through our looks. We practice what we think we are going to see. We will see some things that we haven’t in practice, as we do every game.”

But Hainsey punctuated his comments with something very interesting to Joe and fairly spot on.

“At the end of the day, it comes down to us,” Hainsey said.

That’s very true. How do the Bucs respond if the Cowboys go after Goedeke and Hainsey, and the Cowboys break through the Bucs’ front line? If Brady or Playoff Lenny are able to burn the Cowboys on those plays, that will huge for the Bucs and might force the Cowboys to reassess attacking the middle.

Joe also asked Hainsey if he looked at this game as being able to prove to the NFL on such a big stage that he belongs in the league, Hainsey said he thinks he’s already proven that to himself.

“I think that I prove that to myself every day, Hainsey said, referencing going up against Vita Vea so often last year and this summer locking horns with Akiem Hicks and Vea in practices. “Those things add up. I’ve been in this a year, been in this for over a year now.

“Being where I am at and feeling how I feel, knowing what I know about the game, I’m confident in myself and confident about my game and I am extremely prepared for the opportunity.”

Again, the stage doesn’t get bigger unless you are perhaps Adele performing at halftime of the Super Bowl. How will Hainsey and the Bucs handle the brightest of bright lights?

26 Responses to “Robert Hainsey On Sunday’s Challenge”

  1. The Man Says:


  2. gp Says:

    He’s already eliminated the option to “blame someone else”. The best first step to “owning it”. Now lets see him “own” the cowgirls d-line.

  3. Greg G Says:

    The other advantage Hainsey and Goedeke have is that there is limited to no tape on them in these rolls either. While I’m certain that teams don’t game plan as meticulously for O and D-lineman’s tendencies and weaknesses as they do for QBs or RBs. I am sure it helps to have some tape on them.

    So as Joe points out, if they scheme up an attack on these guys and they hold up…then what? And how long do they stick to that before having to adjust? Also, do they really think they’ll scheme something up that Brady won’t see coming?

  4. Jack Sparrow Says:

    Warning to the offensive Line, if a mosquito ever gets to Brady on Sunday,,, all of you will be shipped out.

  5. geno711 Says:

    This man stepped up at IMG academy.
    He stepped up at the Notre Dame.

    Whether he can step up at the NFL is another thing altogether, but I believe he has the right mentality.

  6. MonkeyMan Says:

    I wish I could just fast forward life and have it be kickoff time on Sunday.

    Let’s FREAKING Gooooooooooo

  7. Pewter Power Says:

    This crap about the offensive line is downright offensive and wildly overblown unless you think the patriots actually nailed it on every offensive line draft pick since Brady arrived.

    Wasn’t stinnie a first time starter in backup duty during the playoffs? This will be no different. I think if it was going to be so bad they would have signed someone by now

  8. Biff Barker Says:

    Baptism by fire Sunday. Vea and Hicks can’t be fun at practice though.

    Go Bucs!

  9. Goatfarmer Says:

    Really liking where his head is at. Now don’t get injured! Then we be dead.

  10. George Says:

    Hainsey seems like a good guy. The staff keeps saying he works hard on film and understanding the fine points of being a center . What I never hear them say is that he is a tough mean SOB. Goedeke they do say he’s tough however he is even more inexperienced . Bowles made a huge blunder by playing Stinnie in the exhibition , he should have been on sidelines like rest of starters and maybe get one series the last game . Stinnie at least had game experience , now we are stuck with Frick and Frank on the line

    Maybe the Bucs can run to the right and get some yardage that way. However I just believe there are going to be a lot of three and outs . In addition to Micah Parsons havoc the Cowgirls also have one of the best cornerbacks in the league noted for interceptions

    Would have been so much easier to sign JC Tretter and another vet lineman . We would be romping in a lot of games and then they could have brought in The two young lineman under better learning circumstances

  11. SB~LV Says:

    Top heavy

  12. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    When the rubber meets the road, it’s all about executing the game plan……give Brady the protection he needs and he will burn anybody…..I expect we’ll see that Sunday night.

    Much forgotten in this is our defense….I think Dallas has a few things to worry about also.

  13. CrackWise Says:

    What is a better learning experience? RH was the primary back up for 3 pro bowl caliber guys last year. He is as ready as he ever will be.

    As far as LG, he won the job over Stinnie. That is why Stinnie was out there.

    Starting a highly drafted OL is nothing new in the NFL.

    My only concern is that all you cry babies are going to drown in your own tears before an actual game is even played.

  14. fern Says:

    Its called being a pro.
    They’ll be ready.
    Shaq Barrett gonna have some success.

  15. sasquatch Says:

    George Says:
    September 8th, 2022 at 3:31 pm

    Bowles made a huge blunder by playing Stinnie in the exhibition , he should have been on sidelines like rest of starters and maybe get one series the last game . Stinnie at least had game experience , now we are stuck with Frick and Frank on the line

    Stinnie wasn’t a starter. He was still fighting for a job against Leverett and Goedeke, perhaps even for a roster spot. Somebody had to be out there. Stinnie isn’t like some all-pro or something. So, this kinda second guessing isn’t only just pointless, it’s off-base on the basis of fact. I read somewhere that Stinnie might have even been at risk if being cut… preseason games are where guys compete for jobs.

  16. HC Grover Says:

    They looked good on the first few plays last week.

  17. Scotty in Fat Antonio Says:

    It’s a game like this where Leftwich will earn his next job.

  18. JimmyJack Says:

    I have no doubt in my mind Brady will be one step ahead of Dallas’s DC. Tom will call out the right protection and put his OL in a position to succeed.

    Weve seen the difference first hand. When Brady came in we went from a good passblocking line to an elite NFL line.

  19. Capt.Tim Says:

    Hainsey had a year to learn.
    I wouldnt be worried at all, If he had cappa and Marpet net to him.
    He doesnt.
    3 guys in the middle, who have NEVER PLAYED AN NFL GAME TOGETHER
    Goedeke is small school. Didnt have the year to adjust that Cappa had.

    “Duck, Tom, Duck”

  20. Capt.Tim Says:

    Next to him*

  21. Ash Says:

    Not everyone can be a veteran I think there will definitely be some bumps but they will be fine can’t wait go bucs.

  22. Chris Tucker@Apple Roof Cleaning Tampa Says:

    No telling what Dan Quinn has in store for us Sunday, but back when he was the defensive Coordinator for Seattle he played a lot of 4 man rush, with cover 3 or cover 2. He seldom Blitzed, but then, he had the Seattle Legion Of Boom back there to pick off footballs!

  23. unbelievable Says:

    Just stay healthy man…

  24. DoooshLaRue Says:

    It really looks like Trask loves what he sees in Hainsey in that picture.

  25. CrackWise Says:


    LMFAO, you made me look.

  26. steele Says:

    Pewter, as many of us have pointed out many times, yes, the Pats had to cobble together their OL often. But they had Scarnecchia, possibly the best OL coach in modern history. He produced miracles. If he were coaching Hainsey/Goedeke etc. I would be more confident. Bucs’ coaching staff isn’t in the same conversation as the old master.

    These guys all say the right things, and rah rah. From what we’ve seen so far, they are not ready, and got owned by the preseason defenses who were in vanilla mode.

    All we can do is pray that they hold up until Jensen is back and/or they make some moves to shore up the glaring holes.