Mixed Reviews From Ali Marpet

November 1st, 2022

Retired Bucs guard Ali Marpet.

Retired Bucs left guard Ali Marpet has been keeping a close eye on the team he called his own for seven seasons. He sees a lot of Bucs problems but signs that things are improving.

Marpet was a guest on the Buccaneers Radio Network this week and shared mixed feelings on the Bucs’ offensive performance against the Ravens. Marpet saw an offense that looked more like its old self on the first two drives and then lost its way.

Still, Marpet said the Bucs coming out well and executing their scripted “first-15” plays well should inspire confidence.

“I feel like those first couple of drives really felt like, ‘Ok, this is rhythm.’ It sort of alludes to the fact that we’re capable,” Marpet said after stressing the importance of rhythm within an offense and how the Bucs have struggled to find it.

“So just finding that rhythm, which again is easier said than done, and I think mixing in talented players showing up when they need to, and the playcalling, having those complements, some screens and short stuff and all that goes with it. I think it’s definitely encouraging. I like to see that they can fix something that’s a glaring issue and improve on it.”

As for the Bucs’ woes in short yardage this season, Marpet did call anyone soft, but he did say “that’s the harder fix,” especially when it comes to pre-snap penalties and mental errors.

When teams have great preparation and are clicking, Marpet said, those mistakes always seem to disappear.

He added that the offense is picking bad times for its screwups.

“I think that’s what’s happening with the Bucs, I can’t speak to why, but there is this grouping of problematic mistakes in key situations. Those turn the tides of a game,” Marpet said.

29 Responses to “Mixed Reviews From Ali Marpet”

  1. Dave in Winter Park, Fla Says:

    If Tom Brady never took a 11 day vacation during Bucs training camp, the Bucs offense would never have problems in the red zone, Gronk or no Gronk.

  2. Dooley Says:

    Yeah, Jake Camarda needs a break

  3. Alanbucsfan Says:

    If the Defense would do its job in the 2nd half (stop the run, contain the QB, get a turnover, maybe even score points once in a while) the offense could add another 7-10 points to their production.
    Improving the offense starts with improving the defense.
    2nd stringers on D need to show they can play in the NFL.


    Definitely miss Ali Marpet from our lineup.

    Quick TRADE DEADLINE question for JOE and/or BUCS fans. I saw that Brandin Cooks (Texans WR) is available. Too fat of a contract for next season and he might not get enough snaps.–Joe The best season that he had in his career was with Tom, up in New England. He averaged 16.6 yds per catch and had 7 TDs. He has the kind of attributes with speed & quickness that could make him valuable to our WR set.

    I know we have other needs obviously, especially an edge rusher (with Shaq out), just wandered if that could be a good move if it is a decent price.

  5. SufferingSince76 Says:

    Sorry to be a downer, but the Bucs will not do what needs to be done.

  6. Joe Says:

    If Tom Brady never took a 11 day vacation during Bucs training camp, the Bucs offense would never have problems in the red zone


    It’s November. If something not done in August is still the problem, then you have bigger problems than whatever happened in August. (And the Bucs do.)

    If Brady sprained an ankle in August and was away from camp, no one would say boo. But he went on vacation. And as a result the sky is falling! C’mon.

  7. Jonny Says:

    That looks like Ali Marpet’s son.

  8. BA’s Red Pen Says:

    Joe, it’s time you stop sticking your head in the sand about Brady missing so much time, it’s 100 percent out of character for him over the last 23 years and he throws five bad balls a game when he hasn’t thrown 5 bad balls in a season before this year. He’s obviously checked out and he probably should have stayed retired.

  9. WillieG Says:

    The fact that the scripted plays work, but the ones that result from in-game adjustments and strategies don’t, tells us everything we need to know about Leftwich.

  10. Joe Says:

    The fact that the scripted plays work, but the ones that result from in-game adjustments and strategies don’t, tells us everything we need to know about Leftwich.


  11. Stormy Says:

    I wonder who scripts the first 15? Starting to think BA has a hand in that.

  12. Ash Says:

    @willieg that’s exactly it but from what the rumors are bowels is not gonna fire leftwich so expect more of the same so frustrating.

  13. Hunter's Crack Pipe Says:

    Jonny Says:
    “That looks like Ali Marpet’s son.”

    Ali looks like a soccer player now. LOL

  14. Bucamania Says:

    Bucs have marginal backups playing at LG and C. Then you add in a distracted Brady, a series of WR injuries, no legit TE, and poor play calling and you get what we see now – a bottom 5 offense.

  15. Defense Rules Says:

    Alanbucsfan … ‘Improving the offense starts with improving the defense.’

    In this thing some call COMPLEMENTARY FOOTBALL, it takes 2 to tango. Bucs’ defense was flat worn out in that 2nd half because the offense had 3 quick in the 2nd qtr and 2 in the 3rd qtr. That’s been happening all year. Yes there were several 2nd-stringers out there on defense last Thursday, but the same could be said of the offense (we had 3 rookies out there in Otton, Kieft & White) plus several guys like Leverett & Hainsey who certainly wouldn’t have started even this year if not for injuries.

    And BTW, playing all those rookies & 2nd stringers is on Licht for providing inadequate depth on a team filled with older vets & walking wounded. Still, it’s amusing when point at the #8-ranked defense but keep eerily still about the #25-ranked offense. I would think where we need to start fixing this thing would be rather obvious by now.

  16. teacherman777 Says:

    Tom has a broken finger and a messed up shoulder.

    Did you guys forget?

  17. Waterboy Says:

    Bucs scripted plays work?? How many 1st quarter TD’s do they have this season?

  18. Captain Oblivious Says:

    Those of you still complaining about Brady taking off 11 days in August have obviously, and fortunately for you, never been through a divorce. I am sure that time off had a lot more to do with dividing marital assets ($700M) and child visitation schedules than frolicking on a Costa Rican beach with his family.

    With the divorce now behind him I expect Brady, and the Bucs, to be more focused. If the Rams game doesn’t motivate the Bucs then this season is lost.

  19. Oddball Says:

    Wow hardly recognized Ali.

  20. JVZ Says:

    All of you in the “know” might srap on a set of pads and a helmet and prove your words.

  21. D-Rome Says:

    Marpet really shed a ton of pounds. Looks like he dropped at least 50 pounds.

  22. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Ali looks really good in that pic……Sometimes we forget that players are people that have lives after football….
    Ali was very smart not to be hostage to money he didn’t need…..and left healthy.

    Good for him…..

  23. Mike Johnson Says:

    Ali can sit back and just muse about our Bucs. He was smart. He got out before this chaos started. He looks great. Maybe lost somewhere between 40 and 60 pds.

  24. adam from ny Says:

    wow ali dropped all that lineman weight in his face ^^^

  25. Kidfloflo Says:

    That was no vacation….that was hammering out paperwork for the impending divorce…no one with that many assets and companies and cash and children are done this quickly without an almost 2 week lawyer session, which drained alot of life out of Brady…now that it’s over hopefully we see a fire return to Toms eyes and his old focus

  26. D-Rome Says:

    Kidfloflo, I think you are correct. After all, not one vacation photo?

  27. TampabayDJ82 Says:

    Yeah I’m sick of seeing the ” 11 day’s off ” crap too ! It’s not just Brady , it’s the entire team ! That can only happen when your coach is not lighting fires under people’s azzes !! Say what you want about B.A. but the proof is there for everyone to see … Bad coaching and no urgency. Brady is actually having another great year ! So is Evans and others. Bucs messed up by not going out and getting Robert Quinn for a 4th round pick !!!! A fourth round pick!!??? Then they follow that up by not going out and getting ANYONE. They NEED a LG and DE/OLB .. And the Hicks signing might be the worst of all time ! Guy had 1 good year way back in 18 and has been injured every year since. Suh and Vea we’re unstoppable and nobody could run on us . Now tell me I’m wrong ?? Go Bucs

  28. Anonymous Says:

    Ali looks more like a tight end now… hey can he catch the ball…
    Yeah a gronk replacement!

  29. garro Says:

    Ali looks more like a tight end now… Hey can he catch the ball?…
    Yeah a gronk replacement! 🙂