Cody Mauch Has Second Straight Good Game

November 28th, 2023

Someone who is stacking wins.

A week ago in NoCal, Bucs coaches believed rookie right guard Cody Mauch had his best game.

The fact he did this against arguably the best front seven in the NFL, the 49ers, told Joe a lot.

Now the Colts are on the opposite end of the spectrum from the 49ers. They are Charmin-soft against the run. Still, the suddenly alive run game of the Bucs on Sunday had success running behind Mauch.

The PFF tribe claims running behind Mauch got the Bucs an average of seven yards a carry. (Yes, the source is dubious. The Tribe’s numbers are generally good; it’s their grades that are horsesh!t.)

The fact the Bucs are trusting Mauch enough to run behind him and are having some success doing so, well, that gives Joe hope for the offense at a time Joe has little hope left for the Bucs.

16 Responses to “Cody Mauch Has Second Straight Good Game”

  1. Mostly Peaceful Trask Fan Says:

    This was actually a decent draft class.

    New coach new QB next year could be the start of an upswing.

  2. stpetebucfan Says:

    Yes overall you can see promise but it’s growing too late for that.

    This team cannot tackle!!! The team cannot cover! This team has offensive challenges which were expected!! The defensive collapse was NOT expected and that’s why I’ve finally given up on Bowles.

    Be honest…even if you hate Mayfield, White, Hainsey and others on the OL.
    IF this team had the same defense…not the same players because many of them remain…the SAME DEFENSE as the SB year…when DW45 was killing it instead of as Joe says getting clowned by a backup QB at the 5 for a TD…when the million dollar CB’s earned those big contracts…if THAT D would have been here this year the Bucs would be at least 7-4.

    IE Everybody knew the offense would suck before the season…the offense has actually exceeded expectations for a team predicted to win TWO GAMES this season by SI and many other “experts”.

    The offense is not a strength! It was never expected to be strong. The offense has NOT been the problem! Again they are what they are it’s the freaking DEFENSE that leaves my jaw dropping as guys simply run through tackles and wide open through the secondary!

    This is why I have given up on Bowles. Yeah I get all the carping about being a “run” team and I agree to a point…but the O has survived…it’s the freaking defense that has sucked out loud beyond all expectations of suckitude.

    NOBODY makes a play. Even the best guy on the D Winfield failed to secure and easy int!

    IF….IF…a miracle occurs and the Bucs win out and make the playoffs and even wins a game, I do not think Bowles can come back unless he gives up the DC duties!

    He may have turned in a sorry performance as HC but he has absolutely SUCKED as DC this season. I think D.R. has a point. Bowles is stretched too thin and needs to learn to delegate.

  3. Buc4evr Says:

    Happy Mauch is starting to get better. He was put in a bad position to start as a rookie. Hopefully the Center and LG positions can be addressed next season. Once Bowles and his coaching staff is fired in 6 games maybe we can get a real Offense minded coach.

  4. Bucnjim Says:


    Couldn’t have said it any better. When the strength of your team is actually the weakest part you are in big trouble. I’m sure if you take away the dead cap space; the Defense has the largest payroll.

  5. Marine Buc Says:

    @ St.Pete

    I agree bud.

    We all expected the offense to struggle. The defense has been a disappointment for most of the season and as injuries mount I don’t see it getting any better.

  6. SB~LV Says:

    He will get better in the coming years, he needs NFL diet and weight training.
    Look at Cappa from when he arrived and then when he left in FA

  7. AlabamaBucsFan Says:

    Unless Mauch puts on another 15-20 lbs this offseason, I think he could enter elite status as a center vs. guard.

  8. HC Grover Says:

    Another good loss.

  9. Buc'n Enough Says:

    I am not sure he was second round pick value or not. I think the second round pick could have been used on other need positions that were not addressed that could have helped this team this year immediately.

    I do think that Licht’s time with the Buc’s should be over.

    He is batting .300 if you count the Brady years as his success and not Arians and Brady’s success. And of course your going to hear, well it was Licht that brought Arians and Arians recruited Brady ..yeah yeah…

    Licht has a poor draft history with premium picks and I am ready to see what someone else can do. Licht is .300 over ten years. Do you trust him to build a team from scratch?

  10. ScottyMack Says:

    Stpetebucfan nailed it. I couldn’t agree more – especially regarding Todd Bowles. I was willing to give him the benefit of the doubt going into the season but in short order, he has turned a top defensive unit into one that is below average. He may be a defensive “genius” as some claim, but if your players are not also “geniuses” you might want to think about dumbing things down quite a bit. I know that when I watch a game, I can’t figure out what is supposed to be happening on defense because receivers are so wide open, you can’t tell who the nearest player for the Bucs is, who missed the assignment or even what the assignment was supposed to be.

    Oh, and believe it or not, the Bucs offense is scoring (slightly) more points per game than last year’s team led by a Hall of Fame quarterback.

  11. Rod Munch Says:


    I still think his big jump will come next year, after he has a full offseason of knowing how big and strong the guys are he’s going against, and has a chance to put on a lot of muscle.

    But the fact he’s showing big in season stridges is fantastic.

    As for the draft class, this could be way more than a decent one, it could be a great one if things go as they look so far. Kancey looks like a special talent, YaYa is still more up in the air, but has shown signs of being a special talent, Cody has been solid and should only improve, and Trey Palmer is showing signs that he could develop into a 3rd WR – which is great for a 6th rounder. Really, if Kancey turns out to be a special talent, that alone seals the draft as a win, but if you also get YaYa, Cody and Palmer as well, that’s now a great class.

  12. Capt.Tim Says:

    Mauch played great yesterday.
    Hes a rookie, it takes a season to get things figured out.
    Then an off season to get Stronger.
    Then another season, to start working as part of a unit with his iinemates.

    But I think Mauch is going to be a great linemen.
    Now, if our two tackles would quit taking plays off.

    We need another great guard, and a great center.
    Then we will be able to run the ball against good teas, and throw the ball consistently.

    Would love to see a rookie behind this line. You guys would be calling him a bust by week 6!

    A great line makes great QBs, Rbs and WRs.
    A bad line makes everyone look bad.

    And I know everyone LOVES Wirfs. And he is a great Tackle.
    But like others, Wirfs and Goedeke both were taking off plays yesterday.
    Part of the “quit on Bowles” movement

  13. Pittbucfan Says:

    I can’t understand why so many are convinced a first round QB = success. The odds say that’s not the case. Smfh

  14. unbelievable Says:

    St Pete you nailed it.

    For the defense to perform this poorly, under a defensive guru, is simply unacceptable.

  15. Eckwood Says:

    How has Stinnie graded out ,,,,, I’ve seen some real good blocks and effort here and there

  16. teacherman777 Says:

    Stinnie looks like a bull.

    He has the body type of a guard.

    Stinnie has been the difference.

    Feiler was too slow