The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have a plethora of problems on offense. However, one offensive problem reigns supreme for the Buccaneers.
Since the dawn of time when football has been being played, games have been won and lost in the trenches. Analytics and aerial assault-lovers may not always like to hear that, but it’s a tale as old as time. It doesn’t matter how much talent you have at the skill positions, or even quarterback, if they don’t have protection to do anything. The 2022 Tampa Bay Buccaneers are the perfect example of this, as the struggles of the offensive line remain the biggest problem for the Buccaneers.
While the running game and the coaching has received the brunt of the blame from fans and media alike, and they certainly aren’t blameless, the offensive line is the number one priority issue that needs to be addressed.
Granted, it isn’t the fault of the Bucs that Ryan Jensen got hurt, or that Ali Marpet abruptly retired. It also isn’t completely their fault that Alex Cappa left in free agency. This is a business after all.
That said, the crew of Donovan Smith, Shaq Mason, Robert Hainsey, Tristan Wirfs and whoever they choose to trot out there to play left guard is not that bad on paper. Unfortunately, games are not played on paper, they’re played on the field, and on the field, the trenches will always be king as it pertains to success.
Unfortunately for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the trenches haven’t lived up to the hype offensively. It doesn’t matter if your quarterback is the GOAT Tom Brady, or the “throw in’ Samoan” Jack Thompson throwing to a wide array of talent, if they aren’t getting ample blocking. The offensive line needs to improve fast, since they are the number one issue thus far for this offense in 2022.