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Zach is entering his 3rd year covering the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as a writer for PewterReport.com. Since 2014, he's handled a large part of the beat reporting responsibilities at PR, attending all media gatherings and publishing and promoting content daily. Zach is a native of Sarasota, FL, and a graduate of the University of Tampa. He has also covered high school football for the Tampa Tribune and the NFL for Pro Player Insiders. Contact him at: zshapiro12@gmail.com

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  1. 1

    fredster

    5 guys taking snaps at center? Wow that is very good depth. The O line did good job run blocking, but pass protection was not good at all at times last year as evidenced by 4th most hits on a QB. Hope Smith is the answer at LT. I also hope we can stay healthy on O line this year it’s so important for continuity and to gel.

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  2. 2

    owlykat

    We had a great run blocking team last year but the only good pass blocker was Dotson who was hurt part of the year. Sweezy wasn’t a capable pass blocker for Seattle either, so it would be great if he and the rest can master pass blocking this year. If Sweezy can’t do it I am all for Pamphile to take over LG because Pamphile can do both. Like Dotson he was also a basketball player before he was a college football player and he learned Tackle from Dotson. Pamphile proved he could be a starter for us at LG last year the few games he started there.

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    drdneast

    I don’t get this whole new “pulling” term being used for snapping the ball. I believe in physics terms the center pushes the ball to the QB and the QB “pulls” it away.
    The media, in all of their infinite stupidity, starts repeating the term without questioning the reasoning and it becomes all the rage and part of the lexicon.
    All while being completely wrong in terms of what is physically happening. No wonder America gets more stupid everyday.
    As far as the offensive line is concerned I believe it is going to be better even without Logan Mankins returning but it still would have been nice to have him back for one more year.
    As for the rest of the team, if anyone shows up overweight and out of shape it might be time to cut them.
    If you can’t stay in shape while making 100 to 500K a year if not more, its time you find another career because you aren’t taking this one very seriously.
    See Dequawn Bowers.

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    1. 3.1

      Bschucher

      If this is such a big issue for you I would have to say you are incorrect as it def is NOT pushing the ball. A push would imply forward trajectory, would it not?

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    2. 3.2

      Pick6

      it’s really a matter of perspective. you are either pulling it up off the ground into the QB’s hands or you are pushing it through the air into the hands of the QB. if you were making a motion with your arms towards and through your body yanking a rope or opening a door, you would call it pulling. either way it’s semantics and at least for me lies firmly outside the family of topics that i wish to get worked up about

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    3. 3.3

      jshumaker

      You have too much free time

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    4. 3.4

      wnb0395

      Wow, this is what we are arguing about, pushing or pulling. Man I cant wait for football season so we can actually have something meaningful to discuss..

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    5. 3.5

      SOXX

      It’s def a pull and I like the fact that the rookie from UCLA has a chance to pull the ball he is big and fast.

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    Pick6

    warhop, amazingly, is now the longest tenured coach currently with the buccaneers. he’s going into year 3 with this unit and has gotten lots of help from the draft along with a couple late FA additions last year. Expectations are rightly high for him and his guys, they have not just credible starters but also the sort of depth that no other position group can claim right now.

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  5. 5

    BIG SERIOUS

    i think our offense will be just fine as long as we can find a slot receiver…i want to hear more about the defense

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  6. 6

    Horse

    Best coach with the Buccaneers? Jameis Winston!

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    jongruden

    Our o-line is young and has potential, we hit on both rookies last yr who showed promise for yrs to come and according to the TE Coach and Mark Cook etc we have the “invaluable” Stocker out there to seal off the edge block and power drive DE’s back, were very luck to have him

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    drdneast

    jongruden, if only we could have heard you make that remark about Stocker in your own voice, we all would have heard the dripping sarcasm.
    Never has one man loathed one person for so long for so few reasons.
    Stay thirsty my friend.

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    1. 8.1

      jongruden

      I will talk about Stocker till the day he never wears a Bucs Uniform again

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    Xpfcwintergreen

    “Who did we draft in the first round in 2015, Smith? No, it must have been Marpet. No, that’s not right he went in the second! No, it was Alexander in the second. No,he was drafted later. Wait a minute we drafted Winston first! …… ”

    I think it will be so much fun to see who really become the “stars” three, four and five years from now!

    Meanwhile, back to the upcoming season. I am thinking about all that might happen in the near future. The excitement builds!

    Go Bucs!!!

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    scubog

    Push the ball, pull the ball, snap the ball, spin the ball. Who cares? What’s that song about the good old days. Sing along folks! “When a ho was a hoe” “When crack was a joke”.

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  11. 11

    drdneast

    I actually like the term “spin.” It describes accurately what a good spiral pass is doing. Really a beautiful thing to see as well.

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  12. 12

    bEubanks11

    I’m surprised no one has mentioned how much having a rookie QB will effect the number of hits. With his second year in the system, Winston’s decision making will be a tick faster which will make the o line seem better too. All in all we will be better than last year so I’m excited to get this thing going! Go Bucs!

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  13. 13

    EastEndBoy

    Well I hope Smith’s the answer, but in the words of:

    GMC: “potential is what gets you cut”

    Lovie: “you are what your stats say you are”

    Let’s hope he starts turning that “potential” into results, and that those results are better than one of PFF’s worst LTs.

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  14. 14

    drdneast

    PFF is a joke EastEndBoy.
    I stand corrected on my first post after speaking to a much more learned friend of mine who actually took a physics course in college.
    The center is indeed pulling the ball back to the QB at the beginning of the snap. At one point during the snap, the pull does become a push.
    But, at the beginning of the snap, the enter is actually pulling the ball back to the QB.
    Mea culpa. That’s Latin and it means it takes a big man to admit he is wrong.

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    1. 14.1

      EastEndBoy

      @drdneast: I think there are many who share your view of PFF…I am not sure I have heard the full arguments either way, I simple make two points:

      1) I am fine with you deleting ym reference to PFF and inserting any other reasonable statistical analysis of Smith’s play last year…my (admittedly sometimes inaccurate) “eye-stats” showed a pretty mix grading for him with a lot to be concerned about.

      2) while I’m sure PFF has many issues, it is at least an effort to try and look at each player’s play individually and make an assessment…which may be inaccurate, I accept…

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    drdneast

    EastEndBoy, from what I understand and have heard, the problem with PFF is they sell two services.
    One to the NFL teams and the other to the regular public. The one sold to the public and is different from the one sold to the teams in how it is graded, put together and by who performs the task and the grading.
    Wish I had taken a physics course in college. I wasted all of my time taking English courses on film and novels and chasing pretty girls around campus.
    Pretty much the same things I do today except they won’t let me on college campuses to do it anymore.

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