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Bucs patchwork offensive line getting job done

Doug Martin, Jeremy Zuttah, Ted Larsen AP

Buccaneers running back Doug Martin has been hard to miss lately.

But the guys in front of him are hard to keep track of.

For all the success their rookie running back has had, the ability to replace injured stars reflects well on the Tampa Bay offensive line, and coach Bob Bostad. The Bucs have lost both starting guards (Carl Nicks and Davin Joseph), and have had to mix and match all year.

Everyone has done a great job filling in, but we don’t want to get too comfortable,” left tackle Donald Penn said, via Ira Kaufman of the Tampa Tribune. “It’s been a lot of fun, and you can see that by the way we’re playing, but we have to keep building. I’m proud of our guys up front. … I’m probably their No. 1 fan.”

Penn’s the only Bucs offensive line starter in the same spot as in the opener.

But for all the changes, they’re averaging 28 points per game, and an NFL-high 6.2 yards per snap. They’ve also allowed just six sacks the last five games.

“It’s a credit to how good these guys are to replace Pro Bowlers, not just ordinary guys, and get the job done,” right tackle Demar Dotson said. “We’re going to keep it up. We’re nowhere near where we’re going to be. It’s only Week 9. By Week 12 or 13, we’re going to be unstoppable.”

They shouldn’t get carried away, because they’ve stretched their depth to the limit. But they’ve already exceeded expectations, so anything beyond the current pace is a gift.

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9 Responses to “Bucs patchwork offensive line getting job done”
  1. flboyindallas says: Nov 9, 2012 2:25 PM

    This is an exciting young team to watch. If they can get their secondary playing just average football they’re gonna surprise everyone and sneak into the playoffs as a wildcard.

  2. milkmandanimal says: Nov 9, 2012 2:26 PM

    To be fair, the 2010 team that played so well also wound up with a patchwork line, as there were loads of injuries that year as well.

    Also, it’s really been “patchwork” for one week, as the Oakland game was the first game without Carl Nicks anchoring things.

  3. eaglesfanalways says: Nov 9, 2012 2:32 PM

    patchwork o-line working…..the eagles should take note!

  4. eaglesw00t says: Nov 9, 2012 3:04 PM

    eaglesfanalways says:
    Nov 9, 2012 2:32 PM
    patchwork o-line working…..the eagles should take note!

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    lol…its a little bit different. Losing Jason Peters is a bigger blow than both Nicks and Joseph.

    The Eagles have 1 original starter playing, Evan Mathis…and he was the weak spot on the line from last year. Weve had to fill 4 of 5 spots, not just 2.

  5. ronswansonsdinner says: Nov 9, 2012 3:11 PM

    Eagleswoot: So losing 2 pro bowl offensive lineman is a lesser blow than one offensive lineman. Got it.

  6. johnmaddenslovechild says: Nov 9, 2012 3:14 PM

    How is jason peters a bigger loss than Carl nicks and davin Joseph? 2 pro bowlers are harder to replace than 1. The eagles just talked so much crap the last 2 seasons about dream team this and were going to be playoff contenders that , just karma and injuries finally caught up.. When Vick has 1 second to get rid of the ball that’s not just peters being gone, that’s the whole offense not doing their part and relying on hope and a prayer.

  7. johnmaddenslovechild says: Nov 9, 2012 3:15 PM

    Oh and go bucs baby.. Even if we don’t make the playoffs this year, I’m glad to see a ray of hope coming through for seasons to come. When davin and Carl finally come back and we get some new draft picks in there to fill whatever spots are left, this team will be dangerous.

  8. maximusprime107 says: Nov 9, 2012 4:57 PM

    If this team could somehow figure out how to play defense they’d be in real good shape

  9. buccaboo says: Nov 9, 2012 8:29 PM

    The really amazing part is that we had the same guys last year, minus Nicks, and they were awful. How about some love for the coaching staff!
    Go Bucs, looking forward to seeing you on Sunday!!!!

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