With just 109 yards of total offense on Sunday against Green Bay, the Bucs put out their eighth-worst offensive performance in franchise history. With the inability to run (16 yards on 14 carries), and a failure to protect the quarterback (seven sacks), the first place the fans will look is offensive line. Bucs left tackle Demar Dotson said he can’t disagree.
“I mean it is tough when you don’t get the opportunity to work on continuity with a guy,” Dotson said. “[But] you can’t use that for an excuse. A lot of times when things happen it is one-on-one, guys just getting beat one-on-one. You can’t blame that on continuity. There are no excuses. It is five guys, including tight ends, working as a whole offensive line. We just haven’t gotten the job done all year. It has been a poor season as an offensive line. This is poor, real poor.”
The Packers defensive was a nightmare for the Bucs on Sunday and Dotson said it came down to poor execution.
“I have to watch the game but I am sure it came from guys just getting beat, it is just that simple, guys got beat,” Dotson said. “If he took that many hits and that many sacks – and it wasn’t anything we didn’t see. Everything that happened was just a breakdown of a guy.
“More individual breakdowns, I don’t think they did anything we didn’t see. We watch enough film, a lot of film. It wasn’t anything different. It was just individual breakdowns, guys just getting beat.”
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Oniel Cousins and Josh Allen had a very rough day from what I saw. Allen used very poor hand technique on the sack he gave up and Cousins… well he shouldn’t be on this roster.
Don’t worry Dot! It will be you and 4 new guys next year. You will get lots of time to gell together. Get therapy to try and erase the 2014 season from your mind. Worst I’ve ever seen!
Mac you might be right about Dotson being back next year but it’ll only be because he doesn’t make much and it’s hard to replace five O-linemen at once. Dotson is an average pass protector, draws too many penalties and is a horrible, HORRIBLE run blocker. Mankins has seemingly gotten 6 months older with each passing game. His blocking and penalties have been a reflection of that each game. Belichik has outsmarted the Bucs…again. Why hasn’t everyone in the league learned to stop making trades with this snake in sheep’s clothing? You can’t outsmart him, just learn to live with it! We’re stuck with Dotson and Mankins for at least one more year due to their salaries, but I think we’ll find replacements at C and RG in the draft and stick Pamphile (sp?) at the other OT position.
We could have taken the starting offensive line from any major college and they could have performed better than that exhibition of futility. Never in my 38 years watching this team have I witnessed the total domination of an offensive line like that one. Ill prepared and ill cared. McCown simply took a beating and was a sitting duck. Hmmmmm, might have one of those next season too if this group returns. Every last one of them should be cut and Warhop should be driving the bus out of town. Who in the heck thought these guys were an upgrade? Great defensive effort ruined by by an offensive line who couldn’t block the sun on a cloudy day.
Oh, and another thing. Dotson is right that the TE’s have stunk this year also. I still have hope for A. Seferian-Jenkins because he is a rookie and was injured, but we need to bring in a run blocking TE in free agency or late in the draft. Get rid of Myers and Stocker and go back to the drawing board.
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