Tougher Times Arrived For Bucs’ Offensive Line?

May 10th, 2024

Interesting commentary today that jibes with what Joe had heard several weeks ago at the NFL owners meetings in Orlando.

New Buccaneers offensive line coach Kevin Carberry? He’s got a reputation for being a taskmaster, a demanding dude.

In February, Carberry took over for Joe Gilbert and Harold Goodwin, the Bucs’ Super Bowl O-line coaching duo. They passed on offers to re-sign with the Bucs and followed former Bucs offensive coordinator Dave Canales to the Carolina Panthers.

In Tampa, Gilbert focused on the tackles and Goodwin was dialed in on the interior linemen, and he was the official run-game coordinator. Both were screamers at practices, but Joe had been told Carberry is a very tough guy, too, with a lot of youthful energy.

So will he be harder — physically and mentally — on Bucs’ offensive linemen than what they’re used to? Joe thinks so. Regardless, the change of pace is already being noticed. That was the implication from Todd Bowles today.

“Carbs is very bright. He’s an extremely bright guy. He’s a heck of an offensive coach. He’s a worker,” Bowles said. “You know, he’s a worker. If he sees somebody standing there, they’re gonna to work. (laughs). He takes very little breaks, but he’s very bright. … Nothing but great first impressions for him the way he teaches.”

As Joe has written several times, it’s reasonable to believe that the Bucs offense will improve this year because of having a playcaller with experience in Liam Coen, versus Canales being a first-timer last year.

And maybe, just maybe, the Bucs’ crop of assistants are a better fit, too.

20 Responses to “Tougher Times Arrived For Bucs’ Offensive Line?”

  1. SB~LV Says:

    Good news

  2. Boomer Says:

    I’m stoked.
    Never a Canales fan and think Coen is definitely an upgrade.
    Can’t wait.

  3. Scott Says:

    The previous o line coaches did a good job getting the small school guys up to speed quick. Hopefully this o line coach is at least decent.

  4. Bucsfan Says:

    If running game goes from last to say middle of the pack-watch how much better Baker gets.

  5. JimBobBuc Says:

    I have put a lot of accountability on the Buc’s position coaches. For example, Goodwin was the IOL and run game coach and I don’t think he did a good job. If you look at Carberry’s resume’, it doesn’t look great. He was only a primary OL coach in the NFL for one year. However, he was assistant to Doug Marrone and Bill Callahan so he worked with some strong OL coaches. I’m happy that Bowles has positive things to say about Carberry, as he may be the most important position coach this year.

  6. realistic-optimistic Says:

    I’m tough on Bowles as a HC, but I’m actually proud of him for working in so many younger coaches. It’s refreshing the see the long-toothed Arians crew moving on.

  7. Buccaneer rick Says:

    ^^^^^ hilarious

  8. Buccaneer rick Says:

    Long-toothed arians crew

  9. stpetebucfan Says:

    Like JimBobBuc I’m not a fan of Goodwin. The run game was pathetic. A lot of that is perhaps reflective of talent and the loss of leader Jensen.

    I think Carberry if nothing else will bring a FRESH voice to the mix.

    I’m pegging my hopes on two things. The upgrade in talent that Barton brings.

    I’m also excited that Barton joins two other OL projected to start Mauch and Goeddeke are know for “playing to the whistle”. A polite way of saying they’re mean and nasty. That may have been the biggest loss with Jensen. He supplied the red haired fire…Mauch was a rookie…Goeddeke first year at his position with the Bucs…if those three can bring the fire of Jensen the Bucs just may have a mean nasty OL!

  10. geno711 Says:

    Don’t care if he has youthful energy or likes to scream. Can he coach?
    My guess is that our league leading 4 years in a row of being in the top 10 of least pressures is out the door.

    Hard to replace guys that were that good at teaching pass blocking with a guy that has 4 years coaching the OL.

    Time will tell.

  11. Bucs Guy Says:

    I just want an improved run game (average at least) without any drop off in pass protection. Is it too much to ask for improvement there also?

  12. Hodad Says:

    It was past time for a new O line coach.

  13. DoooshLaRue Says:

    Why did Todd feel the need to call him very bright twice?
    Backhanded slam on the previous coaches?

  14. BoricuaBucFan Says:

    I worry about losing Gilbert, look what he has done with Wirfs both RT and then helping him switch to the left, Goedeke switching as well from LG to RT. And let’s not forget D. Smith had his best years under Coach Gilbert. Coach Goodwin is t much of a loss tho our run gams is trash 2 years in a row and our interior guys take at least 2 years to develop

  15. Dave Pear Says:

    When you’re last in the NFL rushing for two straight years under a losing head coach, it’s not realistic to expect a difference until the 1978 era head coach is shown the exit door.

  16. Defense Rules Says:

    Carberry learned under Sean McVay, who in turn learned under? Jon & Jay Gruden. Hard to believe that McVay was the Bucs assistant WR coach back in 2008 unde Chucky … at age 22. Spent 4 years with the Redskins after that as their TE coach (Mike Shanahan HC) before being promoted to Redskins OC when Jay Gruden took over as HC in 2014. After 3 years as their OC, he got the Rams’ HC gig & the rest is history. Strange to think that he was an OC at age 28 and a HC at 31. Entering his 8th year as Rams HC and he’s only 38. Impressive.

  17. garro Says:

    He has posted an online course for O line on establishing a run game I noticed. “Gap & Duo Runs”

    Go Bucs!

  18. garro Says:

    Godwin was at one time mentioned as a HC candidate under BA. I was not impressed by our old “Run game coordinator” if he was. Sometimes people get titles that have no duties attached. Hard to believe he did much of anything last year.

    Go Bucs!

  19. Babygrace Says:

    Coaching can certainly help, but better players help a lot more!!!

  20. Toad Bowels Says:

    I’m anxious to see how three of the Bucs returning linemen look this year when the veterans return to camp.

    1. Cody Mauch – Will he play left or right guard? Did he bulk up during the offseason? Does he look more comfortable on the field?

    2. Luke Goedecke – Can he continue to develop? Does he look like he’s ready to take another step forward?

    3. Last year’s center, Robert Hansey, Did he bulk up? Can he play guard effectively without getting pushed around? Can he beat out Opeta, Brederson and new 6th draft pick Elijah the Man Mountain Small College Dark Horse candidate for the open guard spot.