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June 20, 2012 @ 8:39 am
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Bostad Isn't Impressed With Bucs O-Line's Past Accomplishments

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Former Wisconsin offensive line coach Bob Bostad, takes over a Tampa Bay unit with three Pro Bowlers in Davin Joseph, Carl Nicks and Donald Penn. Despite looking forward to coaching the unit, Bostad said he doesn't care what a player – or himself for that matter – has done in the past.
Talking to new Buccaneers offense line coach Bob Bostad, you get the sense he could be a masterful poker player. Calm and deliberate in his demeanor and speech patterns, everything he says is well thought out before it leaves his mouth.

His expression never changes and his eyes tell no stories. The wheels are always turning it seems, and as the person in charge of leading the unit that will have arguably the biggest impact in the success of the offense, Bostad looks forward to the challenge of coaching the best of the best.

“In any profession I think you are trying to get to the highest level you can get to, “ Bostad said. “The NFL has always piqued my interest. There was a big part of the game that I hadn’t been around so I wanted to fulfill that. I really enjoyed the college game and felt I did some really good things there, but thought, 'Here is the next step.'”

The ultra-intense Bostad (pronounced BO-stad) likes the fact that three members of his
offensive line – guards Carl Nicks and Davin Joseph and left tackle Donald Penn – have made the trek to Honolulu as Pro Bowlers, but says
that their resumés means little at this point.

“I haven’t been focused
too much on the past,” Bostad said. “I have a product in front of me. We
are at the elementary stages right now of trying to install an offense.
That about consumes everything I have right now. And I really don’t
care about what anyone has done in the past.”

Bostad’s past
success is impressive, as Wisconsin rushed for at least 3,000 yards in
two-straight seasons and Badger running back Montee Ball tied an NCAA
record with 39 touchdowns last season. But the Pardeeville, Wisconsin
native knows – like his players rd.

“The offense line has to gel as one,” Bostad said. “You can’t have this guy with a good game and this guy with a bad game. I think what makes that happen is identifying guy's strengths and weaknesses. You only get so many reps in a game. When you go out to practice you can't just run plays to run plays. You have to say 'This guy does this well, and this guy does this well' and then start to formulate a plant to attack a defense in multiple and balanced ways so you are not just looking like (an offense) that guys in the stands are figuring out.”

Bostad spent six seasons as an assistant coach at Wisconsin and was named the run game coordinator in February of 2007 and became the Badgers’ offensive line coach in January of 2008. At Wisconsin, Bostad made a name for himself as a teacher and talent developer, taking lesser-known recruits and turning them into productive offense linemen and future NFL material. Scanning Tampa Bay’s roster, Bostad sees what he feels is some hidden talent.

“I think there are some guys out there (on the roster) that have some qualities you like, that you want to keep working (with) and see if they improve,” Bostad said. “That is the thing. To have the quality is one thing, but now do you have the work ethic? Do you have the attention to detail? Are you taking the coaching and are you getting better off of it? I think those are the things that kind of make that (fringe) guy come out of nowhere and go in the direction you want them to go. Because certainly there are guys that have talent.”

Bostad inherits an offensive line that has two Pro Bowl guards in Nicks, a free agent import from New Orleans, and Joseph, and thinks a solid interior line opens things up all across the front five.

“I've always felt like that is a good start because guard play is really unique,” Bostad said. “If you can be good on the inside you have a chance to do a lot of good things tackle to tackle. You want to have those elements and those guys fill those prerequisites. They are strong guys.”

When asked what blocking scheme his bruisers up front will employ, Bostad said the style doesn’t matter as much as the scheme.

“There isn’t much left is there?” Bostad said. “I have always believed you have to be balanced. I think that is something I have always have done – if I want to take ownership for some things – is to make sure that the team comes in and lines up across from you says, 'They aren’t just going to line up and attack one way.' And whatever the scheme is – have some balance. Do what you do well. Then how can we exploit what they do well? Make their key players be guessing a little.”

To Bostad, the Pro Bowl honors for players like Nicks, Joseph and Penn are a thing of the past. He's more concerned about getting those players back to Hawaii then reveling in the fact that they have been there before.

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    Better check your statistical web site Turtle. You are mistaken. The Bucs total rushing was in fact ranked 30th as one would expect from being behind so early in games. But the 4.2 yards per attempt was a respectable 14th. No one is making an excuse Turtle. Just stating an opinion that Joseph is a pretty good player who was only one piece of an 11 man offensive unit. Surely you get that he alone was no more solely responsible for the dismal offensive showing than Ronde was for the pathetic pass defense. Seems to me Houston was a playoff team last season and I'm not sure why you think "market size" has much effect on a player's ability and subsequent notoriety. Pittsburgh (my home town) is nowhere near the population of Tampa Bay yet their fan base is worldwide, making the team extremely popular and newsworthy. I don't see the reason behind your critical remarks about one of the better players on the team even if he's not up to your statistical standard. There are far worse players who deserve your snapping jaws.
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    We were ranked #30 in Yards per Attempt. I don't think you can defend our running game last year. It was horrific. The fact that we passed so often does not influence Yards per Attempt. All I hear is excuses. As far as not getting accolades, these rankings include plenty of players on small market teams. Joe Thomas (Browns) Chris Myers (Texans) etc.
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    Ever think our less than stellar rushing offensive statistics might have been due to being behind by two scores and having to pass? Anyone who has sat in the stands for every game the past 36 years like I have knows that #75 is an outstanding guard regardless of where some lame-a$$ web site ranks him. I've also been around long enough to know that good individual players on losing teams rarely get the accolades they deserve and often sub-par players on winning teams are recognized more for the team than themselves. The great Paul Gruber is the perfect example. I'm confident in our group of starters but am interested to know more about the back-ups and their development.
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    Sounds like he has the same attention to detail that our head coach has. That alone should make the o line better. Can't wait until they take the field!
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    I'm pretty sure Joseph is elite......
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    Buc4life79: You've got a lot of passion, but I'm afraid you've got nothing to back it up. That is exactly my point. Inside of our Buc bubble we are told that Joseph is great, even elite. Yet he anchored the #30 rushing offense last year. BleacherReport listed the Top #50 linemen and once again Joseph doesn't make the cut (although Nicks is in the Top #10). I'm just as passionate a Buc fan as everyone else but I also seek an independent take once in a while. We've got the most expensive line in football, now let's see what they do. We'll certainly be much better with Nicks.
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    WELL I THINK THAt tyhis coach means business it thee line can open holes and the line can stop the defensive players from running over the QB then we have something-GO BUCS
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    Hey bucterp...are those same "select panel of sports writers" that u obviously put soooo much stock into..the same ones that have been saying how Blount is too slow to pick up pass blocking schemes and how they still feel that Martin will be our day one starter??? Sorry guy..but you obviously do not know how to gauge NFL talent..or are even a true enough Bucs fan to know that EVERY YEAR, there are atleast one or two players on the Bucs that are pro-bowl worthy..but that Tampa continuously gets little to no recognition in Hawaii for those players...Davin Joseph is one of the top 10 guards in the NFL..sorry to have to burst your mainstream media based bubble..and was a top 3 guard coming out of college...WISE UP and leave the "select media panel" BS outta here unless you want to get continuously called on for it...and if you're looking to get called on it..then be ready to back it up with more than your mainstream media sportswriters opinions which amount to jack!@#.
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    Agreed anybody who doesnt think Davin Joseph is top 10 at his position is crazy. This staff seems to be justr what this team needs. Coaches who want players that want to be there and that buy into the system. At first I was a little upset with some of the moves but after listening to some interviews and reading what the coaches have to say they have my support 100 percent. I think that he's sending a message to what is supposed to be the only unit set in stone heading into camp. Nothing will be given and everything will be earned. With Aquib avoiding jailtime and likely a lengthy suspension I dont think going .500 is out of question with the chance to steal a few. With all the other change going on around the team this unit really has a chance to set the tone for the whole team with solid, consistent play. GO BUCS!
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    If we can get the run production from our O-Line that Bostad was able to get from the 2011 Wisconsin O-Line, we are going to really like our run game with the stable of RBs we have now! Like Pinkstob, I think this might be our best position coach hire.
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    From his reputation I expected a much older individual. I really like Cooper and Fleck, as well. The Bucs are going to be much better than most people expect, largely because of the upgrades in the coaching staff. This team needs teachers.
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    I too am a big fan of Bostad. Hopefully he can TEACH this o-line to be consistent and productive. He does have some great tools to work with. The more I hear of the assistants we hired, the more I like them. I liked the hire of Bostad when we got him and continue to believe that he will make a difference. Was not too sure about Fleck, but he is really growing on me the more I hear about him. It seems that the old coaching staff didn't TEACH anyone anything. From all I have heard, they just took who they had and told them where to go and what to do. They didn't teach to correct any bad habits and they didn't explain anything to the guys. No wonder we had the collapse at the end of the season.
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    Joseph is not an elite lineman. I'm sorry. When was the last time he was selected? Even then, I believe it was as an alternate. In 2011, the USA Today selected a panel of sportswriters to rank the top Guards/Centers. 18 Guards and Centers received votes. Joseph was not listed at all. Now, Nicks is another story. He was #7 overall. Nice. Now I realize that sportswriters are not perfect when comes to ranking players. But neither is the ProBowl, which is often a popularity contest in which some of the best decline to show up which leaves openings for folks like Joseph. I think Joseph is a decent player. Maybe slightly above average, but certainly not elite.
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    He's the typical Offensive Line Coach we had here until Dominik and Morris had the raines. I think this might prove to be the best Offensive Line that we have ever had here. Now all we have to do is make steak out of hamburger with the Defense we have in play right now. Again our biggest problem is Defense and have we done enough to take it from very poor to average this season. If we accompolish this then we will have a good season like 8-8, but this is going to be very tough to do.
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    Bostad is my favorite position coach we picked up this offseason. I'm looking forward to seeing if he can get this O-line to run block consistently.
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    Good article PR. He sounds like a pretty straightforward individual. I see us having some serious success in our run game from not only the probowlers but the addition of this man and his teaching.
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