Todd Bowles: Offseason Has Been Good For Cody Mauch

May 30th, 2024

Bigger, stronger.

As Joe pointed out, Bucs right guard Cody Mauch might be pushing 320 pounds based on evidence of what he weighed last year to how much weight he said he’s put on since the end of his rookie season.

And that weight was mostly muscle. And that’s exactly what Bucs coach Todd Bowles wanted to see.

“Obviously, the biggest thing for Cody, [is] you look for more strength, obviously, coming in out of college last year,” Bowles said. “He’s worked on that in the offseason – he looks bigger.

“He’s always been smart, he’s always been tough, and I think the game has slowed down for him quite a bit. We just look for him to take the next step, mentally.”

And of course, nobody will have a true idea until early in training camp when the pads come on. Now in underwear football, there are no pads. No hitting. So judging an offensive lineman’s progression is damn near impossible.

Joe thinks Mauch’s biggest issue last year was stamina. It appeared the rookie wall hit him hard.

If Mauch is stronger and in better condition to withstand the rigors of a 17-game season, he should be just fine at right guard.

24 Responses to “Todd Bowles: Offseason Has Been Good For Cody Mauch”

  1. Waterboy Says:

    My main concern would be if the added weight (even if its muscle) has reduced his flexibility and quickness. Its important that athletes combine agility training with the weight lifting otherwise the player ends up to rigid to move as they once did before. I assume that he is doing this under the Bucs trainers but crazier things have happened before with players who think they know better!

  2. Bucnjim Says:

    Everybody loves a good underdog story. Might have to find me a Cody Mauch Jersey.

  3. David Says:

    Mauch added muscle
    Wirfs is bigger yet leaner
    Goedeke is stronger
    New center

    Getting pretty excited about this O line. We have to see how LG plays out but everything else should be an improvement.


  4. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Ryan Jensen looks great with longer hair…..

  5. Cobraboy Says:

    But has he lost any quickness or mobility?

  6. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    Quickness won’t matter if he is shoved around by opposing teams.

    He’s done exactly what I hoped for. Some people wrote him off before his rookie season was over.

    This is why I never judge players harshly in their first season. That first year always shows them areas they need to address. How they respond to it will always determine their future.

    We now have an ol that is young enough to last years.

    If Baker can’t excel with it, he doesn’t deserve to start.

  7. heyjude Says:

    Tampabaybucfan, I was thinking the same thing about Jensen similarities with the red hair. Feeling good about Mauch and more strength!

  8. SB~LV Says:

    bigger arms….good sign !

  9. SlyPirate Says:

    Regarding Size vs Speed

    It’s not one vs the other when muscle is concerned. Fast twitch muscles bulk more than slow twitch. It’s why most world class sprinters are yoked. If Mauch is adding power (fast twitch and not fat) he’ll be able to move his mass faster. You just don’t want so much size that it restricts your movement. These are pro athlete trainers. I’m guessing they are keenly aware of size vs speed.

  10. Marine Buc Says:

    @ Cobra

    I agree 100%.

    Adding size and strength is great but we drafted Cody due to his high RAS…

    I am trusting the trainers and coaches are aware of this. Would love to see Cody develop into a top 10 OG.

  11. Biff Barker Says:

    Love all the positive news on the OL.
    Especially like the mauling attitude type. Barton and Klein are physical guys too.
    Now, lets go maul NOLA. Just because.

  12. matthew a veal Says:

    just curious about one thing, not that it will get answered. mauch is tall but has short arms according to the newspaper. would his extra height counterbalance the shorter arms in any way?

  13. Irishmist Says:

    My main concern is his back. He’s had issues with back spasms, now he’s added weight and lifting more. I hope the trainers are making sure he works on leg flexibility and core stability while he competes with Wirfs on pushing weights.

  14. JeffreyLane77 Says:

    I agree about the rookie wall effecting Mauch last year. Looking forward to watching the offensive line this year.

  15. Dave Pear Says:

    A fat matador is still a matador. Hopefully he learns to use the strength productively and learns how to block large mean strong mammals

  16. Cobraboy Says:

    We will see proof when the pads come on.

    I hope for the best, but am cynical by experience.

    Getting bigger is not necessarily getting better. It returns to the “looks like Tarzan, plays like Jane” axiom.

    Playing the same, just 15 lbs. bigger is not necessarily a willing formula.

  17. Dave Pear Says:

    What Covra said.

  18. Dave Pear Says:

    Or Cobra

  19. Capt.Tim Says:

    Like Ive said all off season, Every rookie o-Line has to get stronger.
    Every single one needs a year in an NFL weight room, with the teams strength coach.
    Glad to hear has put in the work.
    Just like Wirfs, Cappa, and Marpet before him.

    This year, Graham Barton is gonna go thru the same cycle.
    Alot to learn,and alot to improve on physically
    He too will get the work done.
    But its part of why Every rookie lineman sttuggles.
    Gotta improve endurance- and increase Strength

  20. Usedtocould Says:

    LFG. That’s got me rocked up boys.

  21. No Mercy Says:

    He didn’t really pass the eye test last year in terms of looking like a NFL OLineman. Sure looking like a good guard and playing like one are two different things, but adding on some muscle is never really a bad thing. Assuming Graham Barton steps in and plays like an average center at the very least, improvement from Cody is probably the most important factor in us becoming a top 10 offensive line

  22. Gipper Says:

    Really good news on Mauch. This means that he is serious about a long term career as an NFL lineman. Better news for the team passing and running game. Bucs need to consider picking up Luke Wypler from the Browns to try at CENTER and maybe play #1 pick Barton at LG. That has the makings of a really impressive O line.

  23. Rod Munch Says:

    Fantastic news. The kid knew what he was doing last year, but just wasn’t strong enough to impose his will – which happens to basically everyone that isn’t Marpet when they’re coming from a small school to the NFL.

    But this is great news – he had to get stronger, it was really the only glaring weakness I saw last year, and the reason that Licht loves taking tackles is that they generally have a long frame that can put on a ton of muscle.

  24. Dave Pear Says: