Ball control, red zone success, begins up front
So once again we are almost through another 16 game season, as is usually the case, the offensive line has been found to be lacking. The Buccaneers lack in ability to run block, which this team must do in order to be successful on a consistent basis. Donovan Smith is inadequate as an offensive left tackle, guarding Jameis Winston’s blind side. These problems aren’t new to this year, they started in the past, and they are ongoing.
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Dominating the line of scrimmage offensively is something the Bucs haven’t done in a very, very, long time. No offensive line in the National Football League can dominate the line of scrimmage every play, the best lines in the league do it for the majority of the game (well over 50% of the time).
Our defensive line and linebackers do that now with the line of scrimmage. That’s how we have been in the top 2 basically all season in rushing defense, we defensively dominate that computer generated black line on your TV.
The 2019 NFL Draft will probably go down as one of the most important, and successful draft years the Buccaneers have ever had. Rivaling the drafts that brought us some of the best and most beloved Buccaneers such as Sapp, Brooks, and Barber. This will be the draft that is looked back on, and linked to the Bucs return to prominence.
I only have a few things on my Christmas list to Santa. The first one is that they give the offensive line some respect, some love, the way they did the defense in order to bring it back on the road to glory.
If we do that via taking the cream of the crop (1st-2nd round) of lineman in the draft. Our star will shine bright, and far for years to come. A star even Rodney Dangerfield would have been proud of. Go Bucs!