Did the Bucs throw away a better offensive line?

by Gary Shelton on December 8, 2014 · 1 comment

in general, Tampa Bay Bucs

If they were going to draw a line in the sand, it was not going to be this one.

This offensive line would not do. Among the very first things decided by new general manager Jason Licht and new coach Lovie Smith was this. The line was a mess of balsa wood and spackling, and by gum, it had to get better. Stronger. Fitter. It had to open holes bigger than a cracked doorway. It had to offer more protection.

But in their haste to fix the offensive line, one question remains.

Was what the Bucs threw away better than what they brought in?

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Cecil DeBald December 8, 2014 at 3:05 pm

I feel like we don’t provide a structure for the offense the way Lovey does for the defense. There is no doubt exactly what a safety must be able to do in Lovey’s defense – and what he doesn’t really need to be able to do. So we can draft or sign players with precise abilities (who may or may not always work out, but the odds are better anyway.) But on offense we cut a bunch of folks, sign a bunch of folks, bring in a new coordinator, move to a kid, and in all that time there is doubt about what a specific position must be able to do, and what he doesn’t really need to be able to do. And they fail. And those we cut go somewhere, fit right into a scheme, and are successful. And we bring in a new coordinator next year, and the requirements change, and it goes on and on…

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