With all of the statistical categories that come across the NFL, there aren’t too many that come up for an offensive line. That was until ESPN came up with a statistic called “Pass Blocking Win Ratio” or PBWR, to determine how well a line was at pass blocking.

The criteria for the stat is that if a lineman can hold a block on for 2.5 seconds on a pass play, they have won, if the defender gets by before that, it is a loss. Seth Walder of ESPN went into detail on the numbers, and ranked each team in order from best to worst on this statistic.

Out all 32 teams, the Bucs had a 46 percent PBWR during the 2018 season, which was good for 21st in the league. This isn’t the end all be all of what makes a good offensive line, as the reigning Super Bowl champion New England Patriots were charted at 44 percent, which had them at 28th. Their opponent in the big game, the Los Angeles Rams, were second best at 62 percent.

There are obviously a couple of variables when it comes to this, such as wins that were given to the offensive line on quickly blocked plays, like a three-step drop or screen pass, but it’s another stat that has the Bucs in the bottom half of the league when it comes to blocking.

Bucs QB Ryan Fitzpatrick and LT Donovan Smith
Bucs QB Ryan Fitzpatrick and LT Donovan Smith – Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR

The Bucs best stat ironically does come from the pass block, with their 41 sacks allowed being tied for 17th in the NFL. It doesn’t get any better on run blocking, as the Bucs are 28th in the league in rushing yards per game and total rush yards on the season, with 95.2 and 1,523.

Many analysts have pointed to the offensive line as one of the weaknesses on the Bucs, but they didn’t address that much through offseason free agency or the draft. Their moves consisted of re-signing Donovan Smith to a three-year $45.1 million deal and bringing in veteran Earl Watford. Other than that, most of the starters on the offensive line remains the same.

One adjustment they have made early during offseason practices is moving last year’s starting right guard, Caleb Benenoch, back to his original position of tackle to presumably back up for Smith and Demar Dotson. This leaves second-year guard Alex Cappa and the seven-year veteran Watford to compete for the starting right guard spot in training camp.

As Bruce Arians comes in as head coach with an entirely new staff, the Bucs are hoping that better coaching from offensive line coaches Harold Goodwin and Joe Gilbert will make the difference in improvement.

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  1. Said it before I’ll say it again This O line will make or break his team as far as any wild card shot IMo. They have to run the ball better.

    If they stay healthy and that’s a big if, they may be ok. They are razor thin though iMO and even starters are question mark on right side. Dot said he’s healthy and can play still. Sure hope so. Hoping Watford has year or two left and can start I don’t get excited about Cappa at this point.

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  2. “Good players can’t overcome bad coaching” -Bill Bellichick

    “It’s like deja vu all over again” -Yogi Berra

    “We didn’t tackle well today and made up for it by not blocking well.” -John McKay

    “The difference between a successful person and others is not lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather a lack of will.” -Vince Lombardi

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    • “What did you think of the execution of your offensive line” – Reporter
      “I’m all for it” – John McKay

      “In those days it was BYOB- Bring Your Own Blocker” Rickey Bell

      “If you have everyone back from a team that lost 10 games, experience isn’t too important” McKay

      “Football is blocking and tackling. Everything else is mythology.” Lombardi

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  3. “Stats are for losers” Raheem Morris.
    Here’s another meaningless category that only proves why we fired Dirk Koetter. Koetter’s system required 7 step drops which meant our line had to hold that block much longer. It put too much pressure on the line to keep a clean pocket for Jamies to make proper reads down field. If you’re going to run an offense like this you have to have lineman that can win the block for longer than 2.5 seconds.

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  4. Why was Harold Goodwin fired 2017 and not rehired for 2 years until his old buddy gave him job.
    Hard questions for the pewter boys. Please explain

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    • Was he out of football two years or just the one year?

      I had thought he got fired at the end of the 2017 season like all of the staff for Arizona.

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  5. Troll.

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  6. CaptainSly, those 7 step drops certainly didn’t help matters did they.

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  7. Six years of Licht (Lite) as GM and the offensive line is worse, much worse than when he started.

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  8. Could it be that Licht was such a bad O-lineman as a player that he doesn’t know what it takes to be a good O-lineman.

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  9. wait and see wait and see and Im definitely not drinking the KOOLAID

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  10. Again insult no answer to hard question

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  11. A lot of the effectiveness of an O line lies in cohesion between the players on the line. Bucs return all of their starters and principal backups from last season, I think. So they should be better on that basis alone. Alex Cappa was a mid round pick from DIII so he was bound to take a year to adapt. Along with learning a new position. Right guard seemed to be the main area of concern, and they have a new starter there by all indications. Arians seemed satisfied with what he’s seen so far from “the young guys” in terms of adding depth. That would be Zack Bailey and Matt Trewyn in all likelyhood. They were the highest rated linemen to come out of the draft, and were priority free agent signings in terms of the bonus given. Bruce says he “has five and is looking for eight”. If a rookie or two can displace a vet or two as depth they should be good enough. Bailey made All SEC last season, and has four years of experience against the best pass rushers outside the NFL. He was a highly rated recruit and Freshman All American as well. Trewyn is an unknown quantity as he was dominant at a low level similar to Cappa from last season. Sometimes those guys work out, sometimes they don’t. But at least 4 of the spots along the line are filled with proven returning vets, many teams in the league can’t say that.

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  12. In Internet slang, a troll is a person who starts quarrels or upsets people on the Internet to distract and sow discord by posting inflammatory and digressive, extraneous, or off-topic messages in an online community (such as a newsgroup, forum, chat room, or blog) with the intent of provoking readers…

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  13. Think of Winston behind a top 5 o line. GM hasn’t even tried to put anything, in front of our QB but 4 cans of hot garbage. very frustrating

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  14. 76Buc, do you mean to imply Buc-Ass-Bob is a troll? I thought he just loved to be disagreeable and earn tons of negative ratings.

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  15. When I think of Winston behind a top 5 offensive line, I think of him holding the ball EVEN LONGER until the play breaks down and he’s running for his life because that’s what he does.

    The offensive line will do just fine if Winston does his job. Put him in shotgun occasionally and lose all 7 step drops. Also, coach him hard on getting rid of the damn ball on time. He has to quit waiting for plays to break down to play backyard football.

    He’s like a manager that fires all his employees and then complains to the owner that he has to do it all by himself. Call the play, identify the defense, get the snap, go through progressions, get rid of the ball. PERIOD. END OF STORY.

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  16. Licht just doesn’t get you draft O linemen from the bigger programs. He doesn’t get, if you need a R.G. draft one who’s done it at a high level for at least three years against tough opponents. Before you roll out the Marpet card, I’ll remind you he’s played three different positions, and hasn’t sniffed a pro bowl yet. Q. Nelson did that as a rookie.

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  17. Don’t get rid of ROT Demar Dotson just yet. He just made SI’s NFL All-Over 30 list. lol.

    https://www.si.com/nfl/2019/06/05/nfl-all-over-30-team-tom-brady-julio-jones-jj-watt-sean-lee

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  18. Bob your a troll dipshit. Answer what hard question the guy took one year off a lengthy career and so now he sucks? Add this guy to your list of pretty much everyone the Bucs hire as sucking. Your such a negative dumbass.

    From Buccaneer website:

    Goodwin’s office also sits just a couple over from Head Coach Bruce Arians, a man he’s called a father figure. After BA initially retired after the 2017 season and staff changes made in Arizona, Goodwin spent his first offseason since getting into the profession not in the daily grind of being a full-time football coach. The former offensive lineman (and offensive line guru) used that opportunity to spend time with his family of course, and travel… to other NFL teams so he could soak up more knowledge. He was also an analyst for the University of Arizona in Tucson last season, learning the intricacies of the college game and reconciling them with how they could be used at the NFL level – and more importantly, in his next opportunity.

    So to answer your stupid ass question sounds like when Bruce left for medical reasons, Goodwin wasn’t looking for a full time NFL job for 1 year not two dumbass. Yeah that means he sucks right? Your a total moron.

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  19. This article on pass blocking doesn’t take into account penalties or how they seemed to come at worst times. The lack of run blocking, etc. this line was terrible last year I don’t care where they ranked pass blocking only. Hope it’s fixed…

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  20. Worth mentioning that our O line is the 4th highest paid in the NFL. And now we have qualified what most on this board have known for a while – among the worst in pass blocking and run blocking. Some decent interior options at the top of the second round were available, we sat tight as the run started and opted for CB instead when the Bills jumped in front of us and took Cody Ford. Dalton Risner was still there from K State. Arguably a day 1 starter at right guard.

    The O line is unchanged from last season when both Jamies and Fitz were constantly running for their lives, and all of our RB’s were getting hit as they are taking the handoff. But I’m glad we got a whole bunch of DB’s. From everything I constantly read on PR – “These guys can play.” Not much reporting or word for that matter on the O line, but I’m glad we got a bunch of young DB’s that can play.

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  21. Until I see different with my own eyes, I’m gonna trust in BA. Plenty of time left to evaluate the O-Line and the team overall – training camp and preseason. BA is known to be an honest broker and outspoken. Here is his team prognosis after minicamp. Go Bucs!

    https://www.tampabay.com/sports/bucs/2019/06/08/what-bruce-arians-has-learned-about-the-bucs-this-offseason/

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  22. All of these are imperfect as there are so many variables at play, but this is an interesting assessment of OL run blocking across the league

    https://justblogbaby.com/2019/05/18/ranking-all-32-offensive-lines-by-best-run-blocking/

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  23. @macabee Good article, mac, thanks. Love that Demar Dotson is looking good, one of my favorite Bucs.

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  24. Surferdude, I agree with you on drafting Olineman, it’s something we have needed to do for years consistently. But the argument about Marpet playing 3 different positions has everything to do with the fact that he’s out most consistent lineman and they were trying to strengthen the spot they moved him to. He hasn’t sniffed a pro bowl because he hasn’t had the consistency in one spot as well as not having much help around him. Even at LG he has Smith who is at least bag and Jensen who can be good, but when Jensen has no help on his Right Side it hinders him. So even though our Left Side is the better side, when the Right Side is weak it weaken the entire unit. Which is why I am praying they can patch it up this year and hopefully make it the focus next year…

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  25. You don’t need statistics to know that our blocking has been awful for the last couple years…just watch the RB get hit for a loss on 1st down and a QB hurry/sack on 3rd and long each series.

    Benenoch and Cappa aren’t the future of our Oline, but they’re still starting after the garbage they put on film last year. I’ve always been interested in the prospect of moving LT Smith to RG..he’s more of a power player anyways. Evan smith is a non factor, and Jensen was another FA blunder not worth the price

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  26. The O line will be this teams downfall. We have no RG, our C and LT are trash, and our RT is ancient. It’s a disgrace we didnt add players to this unit in the off season.

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  27. @matador Great article – Buc’s O line ranks 30th based on yards per carry BEFORE contact – 1.0 yards.

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  28. The writer of the article fubared up his reading of this data from the tables on the ESPN data source site.
    Bucs ranking as 21st in PBWR (Pass Block Win Rate) is taken from the corresponding PBWR table. Then, he says Pats were ranked lower in PBWR, but that’s because he took the Pats ranking from the wrong table (the PRWR – Pass Rush Win Rate). Pats are actually ranked well above the Bucs in PBWR (they are actually 4th compared to the Bucs at 21st). When reading data from different tables, please make sure to keep the apples and pears separate from each other, Mr. Matera.

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  29. This year we will find how much Warhop was a major hindrance in handling the OL. Yes for years I have reminded everyone that Lindy’s Draft Issue when D. Smith was drafted pointed out his deficiency in pass blocking as a OT and that he should play OG in the NFL. D. Smith could have been an All Pro Guard by now if Warhop had not kept him at the wrong position. Liedtke is a better tackle than D. Smith but is a Veteran Guard but of course Warhop failed to try him at RG which would expose how foolish Warhop was keeping his pet Benenoch at RG which cost us game after game last year. BA will figure that out and can easily fix his RG position by starting Liedtke there. Also, Dotson played hurt last year but now is well and should still have a year or two left. He will be taking on the top DE in this year’s draft, in his first game and will be able to show how well he can play this year. BA can get by this year with D. Smith at LT as long as he plays his best to the whistle (and yells a warning to Jameis if a DE gets past D. Smith so Jameis can protect the ball to avoid a strip sack) and puts Auclair in when a speed rusher is facing D. Smith such as Dee Ford lined up on our LT in our first game. Auclair can chip block Ford and then D. Smith can pancake D. Ford with Smith’s 346 pounds!

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  30. It is no secret that I and many others have argued with the PR staff for year that the Bucs have needed to upgrade their o-line and that Licht hasn’t done enough in the right way (eg draft and develop).

    I have no doubt that Bruce Arians and his staff can mask a lot of these issues. But in the end for the money being paid for the OLthey are simply not good enough.

    D. Smith – Has the potential to be dominant but looks like an average joe out there. Bucs using more shotgun formations along with more flares, drag routes and screens will help him out.

    A. Marpet – Very good player that has been moved around which is a shame. Should develop into a dominant player by being able to play another season at the same spot.

    Jenkins – Unlike others I like his film but the coaching staff can clean up his technique which will hide most of his flaws. Even if he plays like an all pro still not worth that type of money. There is a narrative that the Bucs should have signed another free agent center for that money. I disagree because no free agent center is worth big money.

    Cappa – He needed an off season to strengthen himself. When the pads come on we find out if he has evolved into a stronger player.

    Dotson – Most consistent player on the line and also the player that seems to keep evolving into a better player. Dotson never stops learning or improving which is why he is a gem of the o-line.

    In terms of cap allocation the money spent at LT and LG is fine. Money spent at center is a big no no in my book. Bucs did the right thing drafting Cappa to develop as a RG. RG should be the least cost intensive position on the line followed by center. Bucs would be wise to spend money or high draft capital for a decent RT when Dotson retires.

    Liedtke is playing exclusively at center and he would in theory be a cost effective replacement for Jenkins down the line. The result of that would be the Bucs would have a more balanced cap allocation in terms of monies toward the OL (LT, LG, RT).

    Once that is done the Bucs need to keep drafting Ol in the mid rounds to develop as depth for the interior RG, and C while also having a developmental swing OT as a backup.

    That is how to build a solid OL unit of starters and depth while not destroying your cap space.

    Licht’s error was spending too much money on RGs and glorified centers without any anchor power or mobility. I don’t fault Licht for going after free agent LT’s though because it is worth the gamble to grab and player that can play tackle in this league at an NFL average level.

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  31. Bottom line: when the ball is snapped it’s 1-on-1.

    Cappa (or Watford) versus McCoy, Jarrett, and Rankins twice each in 2019, does not look promising for us. Better have a heck of plan for that BA.

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