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August 29, 2011 @ 4:15 pm
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Starting Left Guard Position Still Undecided

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During his Monday afternoon press conference, Buccaneers head coach Raheem Morris said the battle for left guard is still up in air. Ted Larsen seemed to enter training camp with the edge after being pressed into duty and playing well last season when injuries to Jeff Faine and Davin Joseph decimated the offensive line. By the end of the season the Tampa Bay offensive line had seen nine different starters plugged into the five positions. But veteran Jeremy Zuttah is pushing Larsen for playing time, according to Morris.

“There’s always a battle there. You can never say no to Zuttah,” Morris said. “ What he brings to our offensive line is unique. Him having the ability to play center, play guard; he’s playing with a nice nasty demeanor. But that battle will continue to go on for as long as those two players are here, I believe.

“Larsen did a nice job of going out there and being thick and playing heavy for us last year. Zuttah did a nice job when he went in there and played center for us and played a bunch of games. We had a bunch of wins with him. And he also started the year before for us at guard. I’d be telling you a story if I didn’t tell you that was a battle because of the two players.”

The other offensive line battle most were eager to see coming into the 2011 season was the competition between Jeremy Trueblood and James Lee for the starting right tackle spot. But with numerous penalties and missed assignments, Lee has played himself out of the chance to start opening day.
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    I went to high school with Larsen and played on the football team with him. The guy was a grade A douche so I was always apprehensive rooting for him. But the guy is just too small for our new blocking scheme. He is a perfect zone blocker but power blocking he gets pushed around too much
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    Larsen played so well last year, and I had heard he had worked on his strength in the off season, which was great news, but I am mystified why he has not shown better production. Could it be he is having difficulty adapting to a new Offensive Line Coach. He may be thinking too much. One thing about Zuttah, he is extremely smart, and can pick up new blocking schemes and probably adapts quicker than others to the demand of a different coach. Zuttah should take the position for now, and Larsen should get stronger for that position as he adapts. He also knows how to play center and should take some snaps in the Redskins game in case Zuttah is the starter at guard and Jeff Faine goes down as he does every year early, it would be nice if Larsen could step in there. Freeman calls the protections so it should not be that hard for Larsen to pick up. Next year we need to grab a great guard in the first round, and a right tackle in the second, and the offense will be set!
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    Agreed on Larsen's poor play. I haven't seen much from him at all this preseason. Looks overmatched. Zuttah may be the lesser of two evils.
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    The offensive line needs to be addressed in the draft next year. Dominik and Morris have done a nice job of finding players to fill holes on the O line when needed. The overall talent level isn't ideal considering the investment in Freeman
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    Larsen hasn't look good at all pre-season so far. Zuttah has looked much better. The key is to protect Freeman.
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    Zuttah is playing MUCH better than Larsen.
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    It will stay undecided until the draft next year!
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