BY: John Mamola
Although the outcome for pre season game number two was the same results as the previous contest, Tampa Bay Buccaneers Head Coach Lovie Smith said he was pleased with the progress the offensive line made from game to game. Citing a disappointing effort in Jacksonville, Smith believes the guard play did show signs of holding strong against the Miami Dolphins front four.
“Specifically at the guard position. The guard positions held up,” said Smith following Saturday’s game. “I try not to get too high, too low until we watch the video, but I feel like our quarterbacks had time to throw the ball. We were able to keep them out of the backfield.”
Buccaneers radio analyst Anthony Becht joined WDAE’s “The Sports Page” on Monday following the game and painted a different picture as to how he sees the Buccaneers offensive line, specifically at the guard position.
“I saw a little but of push, I thought they were aggressive at the point of attack,” said Becht. “But pass protection the pocket just seemed to break down a little too quick.”
Becht said he’d like to see the offensive line give the quarterback a little more time in the pocket, but the actual play in Becht’s mind may not be the issue.
“This is not a slight on any of our guards that we have on our roster, but from my eyes looking at the situation we don’t really have a first string NFL caliber guard unfortunately on this roster,” said Becht.
For more of Becht’s thoughts on the 0-2 Buccaneers plus his take on who the best guard on the roster is, click below.
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Tom Jones was born and raised in a suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and studied English at the University of South Florida from 1982 to 1986.
He began his writing career with the St. Petersburg Evening Independent in 1985. He then went on to work for the St. Petersburg Times from 1987 to 1991, the Tampa Tribune from 1991 to 1996, the St. Petersburg Times again from 1996 to 2000 and the Minneapolis Star-Tribune from 2000 to 2003. He then rejoined the St. Petersburg Times for a third time in his career in 2003, where he worked ever since.
Jones has spent most of his career covering the NHL, including being a beat writer for more than 15 years of the Tampa Bay Lightning and the Minnesota. Wild. He also spent two years on the Tampa Bay Rays beat. He then become a columnist at Times starting in 2007. Jones has won several national and state writing awards, including a top 10 game story in the nation in 1998 as named by the Associated Press Sports Editors.
Over the course of his career, Jones has covered the Olympics, the World Series, the Super Bowl, the Stanley Cup finals, baseball and hockey all-star games, the NCAA basketball tournament and the Frozen Four.
Jones lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Patty, and sons, Sam and Andy.
With over two decades of reporting on professional and collegiate sports for the Tampa Bay Times, through performance and work experience in journalism and broadcasting in television and radio, Rick Stroud has cultivated an impressive list of sources and utilized his knowledge to produce an outstanding body of work in both print and electronic mediums.
During his career, Stroud has reported on national sporting events including 22 Super Bowls, the NCAA Final Four, and the Major League Baseball Playoffs. While working as the beat writer assigned to the University of Florida at the Times, Stroudâ€™s stories documented NCAA rules violations by the football and basketball programs. The stories for which Stroud won second place for Best Investigative Reporting from the Associated Press Sports Editors, led to sanctions against both Gators programs.
Since 2004, Stroud has appeared as an NFL Insider for ESPN2â€™s First Take and is a regular contributor to ESPNâ€™s SportsCenter, NFL Live, Outside the Lines and Herd with Colin Cowherd on ESPN Radio. He also contributes to NFL Networkâ€™s Total Access.
Stroud becan covering the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the National Football League in 1990. Since then, the Bucs have undergone seven coaching changes, the death of owner Hugh Culverhouse and the sale of the franchise to billionaire owner Malcolm Glazer and a stadium referendum. They also celebrated a Super Bowl XXVII victory. His reporting was referenced in Tony Dungyâ€™s best seller, Quiet Strength, particularly because it was Stroud who informed Dungy of the Bucsâ€™ plan to replace him with Giants Super Bowl coach Bill Parcells.
A former Div. I-A baseball player at Arkansas , Stroud brings a unique perspective to sports reporting. During the NFL lockout in 2011, he also served as one of the Timesâ€™ beat writers responsible for covering the Tampa Bay Rays.