The Bucs need to add toughness to offensive line

by Gary Shelton on December 23, 2014 · 0 comments

in general, Tampa Bay Bucs

Tuesday, 12:46 p.m.

TAMPA

You start with something hard, something firm. Steel, maybe. Granite.

You start with something mean, something nasty. A yard dog, perhaps. A snake.

And that is how you build an offensive line, with one piece of scrap iron after another.

You find yourself something hungry, something determined. You find yourself something tough, something course. You find yourself with someone who has a fire in his eyes and some gristle in his stomach.

There is no room for soft here, no room for pretty. Every now and then, there is a special offensive lineman, but the great majority of them get by with making sure the other guy has deeper scars than they do. The basic requirement for an offensive lineman is toughness, and it matters more than where he went in the draft or how fast he runs 40 yards. The basic requirement is to survive the weekly brawl that is offensive line play.

And isn't it time the Tampa Bay Bucs signed up?

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