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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