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Trevor Sikkema

Trevor Sikkema is the Tampa Bay Buccaneers beat reporter and NFL Draft analyst for PewterReport.com. Sikkema, an alumnus of the University of Florida, has covered both college and professional football for much of his career. As a native of the Sunshine State, when he's not buried in social media, Sikkema can be found out and active, attempting to be the best athlete he never was. Sikkema can be reached at: [email protected]

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    Trevor – good write up! What I did not see discussed in the piece however, is that some teams deploy both man and zone schemes during a play i.e. the left side might be man blocking while the right side from the center to the right tackle might be asked to zone block depending on the design of the play and whether its being run play side or back side. Its not all inclusive these days; similar to some defenses that deploy both one and two gap principles within a given play call.

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      Trevor Sikkema

      This is true, but most of the time that’s based on specific plays, and a specific kind of offensive line. The Bucs don’t have that, and I wanted to stay pretty straight forward with the 101’s of blocking schemes.

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    Trevor, once again, you impress with your work. When I look at the different blocking schemes the bucs run, it’s clear to me that Koetter will use what works with who he’s got in there. Now after watching those two shuddering clips about, it’s clear that Smith is not made for a ZBS. That dude is scary slow in the feet sometimes.
    What the key is, and you listed it, is Ali. Would he be moved to center? Centers certainly don’t make as much as Guards, so why would he move? Personally I would love to see him at center as he would instantly be an upgrade there and him and Jameis could just grow together.
    As for what back we pick, all three will do well and my choice is obvious, and Cook can do what he does with most any blocking formation. People seem to forget just how average at best, FSU’s offensive line was the last 2 years. Him and Jameis together would be something special for sure.

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    PHX Bucs Fan

    Great article. Kudos to all the work you put into that. I was really leaning for mac but if leonard is there i cant say i would be mad if we picked him.

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    To continue the “It’s My Party” theme, I’m sure there are some here who would threaten to, as Judy and Johnny did, walk through the door, if you took a few days off and didn’t post your article.

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    I thought sure there would be a comment from my friend Horse pointing out that his beloved Ben Gottschalk is the center in the photo introducing the article.

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    Very interesting and thought provoking piece Trevor. Is Marpet the only starting interior offensive lineman that is capable of pulling? I always thought having a center and two guards who could pull was a unique strategy that is difficult to defend. Perhaps that’s why the Bucs have mentioned the possibility of Marpet shifting to center as a long term alignment.

    From my limited observation it would appear that the goal is for the offensive linemen to have greater athleticism over size and strength. Other than the rather hefty Donovan Smith , the offensive linemen drafted and acquired by this regime fit that mold of smaller and more athletic.

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      Trevor Sikkema

      They’re definitely in a bit of an odd in between, as I mentioned. That’s why I think whatever running back they end up taking will shift which direction they build from then on.

      In terms of Marpet, he’s definitely the best at pulling. Pamphile is OK at it, but you don’t want him to do it too often. i haven’t seen enough of the young guys to have a definite answer on them. But I do think they would prefer a pulling guard and a pulling tight end, if they could.

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        I think Pamphile has the quick feet and size to be a LT, and he played it in college. D. Smith is a RT unless he loses 20 lbs and develops his agility. Marpet to center makes sense, but as scubog said, why would he?
        If they stay power/gap as a line, then we need a power back.
        As a zone team we would need a quicker back with great speed and vision, and intellect. Like someone from Stanford that is multipurpose (runner, receiver, returner).
        Otherwise, we don’t need a back in the first round as the draft is deep with them, and we have more pressing needs (TE, safety, etc.).


          Dy-nasty D

          Why would Marpet be willing to move? If his bosses tell him to move. It’s not up to the player.

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    Great article Trevor! I like that you’re not just the messenger handing down the inside info you receive but that you also have the knowledge to give pertinent analysis of the meat(head) and potatoes of this team and the game itself. Thanks!

    As to your question. I’ve always envied the zone blocking teams. Watching Terrell Davis pick his way down the line then exploding through daylight always had me thinking why not us? I’ve always seen power as the no imagination, 1st and ten, run it up the middle, bang your head against a brick wall type of scheme. At the end of the day though, I just love the run game. With the league taking the excitement of the big hit on defense away, nothing gets my juices flowing as a fanatical fan more than watching a sensational back work his magic. Whether it be juking around or running over, I love the run game. So, my preference is success in that department. Don’t care how it happens just want to see domination.

    Correct me if I’m wrong but doesn’t it seem as though the league is gearing up to not only rush the passers with speed being the emphasis more so on defenses these days but to also neutralize the zone blocking scheme on running plays? Is Koetter thinking ahead of the curve by bringing in more beef on the d line? Dallas makes zone sexy but is the ever evolving NFL going to be shifting back to power and size with all those “little” guys out there and neutralizing their biggest asset, speed, and just hit them in the mouth? To not end my answer to your question with another question, I’ll reiterate what I said earlier. I just want to see domination. We all want our Bucs to give us the chance to live vicariously through their domination and feel powerful again! Go Bucs!

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      Trevor Sikkema

      Zone blocking schemes are definitely more sexy, for sure, but there’s a reason power running has been around so long. The game might be changing, but correct power running still works and works and works well as Chris Brown once wrote with Grantland.

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    Very good breakdown Trevor. You guys should make this a sticky, or something that keeps it where people can see it, and reference easily. You put a lot of good info here, and for those who are unsure of how the battle in the trenches is fought by the offense, they can come here for a crash course. Thanks for all the work you put into this.

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      Trevor Sikkema

      Glad you enjoyed it!

      I’ll see about sticking it to the board as a reference. Someone else mentioned that, too, so I want to make it easy to find.

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    Thanks Trevor – nice analysis as always.

    To answer your question (sort of): I would create the scheme around my best OLinemen, not my worst. If Marpet makes GAP and ZBS schemes look like a dream, then I’m on the search for guys that can play with him in that scheme…maybe Sweezy is one, perhaps Pamphile too (and I go Pamphile and Sweezy at Guard with Marpet at Center).

    I am definitely not defaulting to the lowest common denominator on my team in D Smith and making everyone Man block because he doesn’t have the feet to do anything else. This is great analysis you’ve done to solidify my view that D Smith cannot play OT in this league….or at best needs to find a team that will only Man block, and give him help against speed rushing DEs. That doesn’t sound like us. Back on my horse with either try him at OG, or replace him altogether.

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    Trevor, I want to echo the other’s comments. That was a great article. Did you play the game? You have a lot of knowledge for a younger person, and I don’t mean that disparagingly. The one of the 5 best articles I’ve read in my 20+ years as a subscriber to this site and it’s paper version back in the 90’s.

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      Trevor Sikkema

      You asking if I played the game is one of the best compliments I’ve ever received.

      No, unfortunately I never got to play. I was such a skinny kid in high school my mom wouldn’t let me play because she thought I’d get killed – she was probably right. Gotta credit what I’ve learned to Chris B. Brown, Matt Bowen, Danny Kelly, Mark Schofield, a lot of the SB Nation guys and more.

      There’s great stuff out there. Just gotta find it and read it!

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    Dy-nasty D

    Trevor, who is your favorite RB for the Bucs?

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      Trevor Sikkema

      I will answer that question with a full Cover 3 devoted to it next week!

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    Pretty good article, even if you are a gator!

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