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Lovie Smith says a patchwork offensive line can be fine

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The Buccaneers’ offensive line has been a major question mark all year, and when the season opens next weekend the line will feature a bunch of guys who have never played together as a unit. And coach Lovie Smith says that’s just fine because, according to Smith, chemistry among offensive linemen is overrated.

“It’s been talked an awful lot about “the offensive line, they have to play together’’,’’ Smith said, via ESPN. “I don’t buy that at all. I think you get the best possible guys you can, and you make moves when you have to.’’

Smith said new arrival Logan Mankins can fit right in without having practiced with his teammates

“He knows how to get himself ready,” Smith said of Mankins. “He’ll have to change a little bit of terminology but not as much as you would assume. He’ll fit in right away and I don’t think that will be a big issue. Some of our other offensive linemen haven’t played a lot together. But these three preseason games, they’ve come together. Based on the way they played the last time they were together [in the third preseason game], we like where we’re at.”

At the moment, the offensive line looks like the Bucs’ biggest weakness. If Smith is right, perhaps the offensive line can be a surprise strength of a team going in the right direction.

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46 Responses to “Lovie Smith says a patchwork offensive line can be fine”
  1. raiderej says: Aug 30, 2014 6:50 AM

    My grandma’s patchwork quilt works fine also, but it’s usually not fun to look at!

  2. buffalicious says: Aug 30, 2014 7:05 AM

    Oooooooh Lovie smh! Can you please not have a repeat of what happened in Chicago!!! Please Lovie? No more Gabe Carimi or Jamrcus Webb…and for goodness sake PLEASE get rid of Oneil Cousins smh..

  3. briggsisbrokeagain says: Aug 30, 2014 7:06 AM

    Typical, the offensive lines of the Bears were always a problem when Lovie was head coach. Defense first, offense always an after thought.

  4. punkyqb says: Aug 30, 2014 7:09 AM

    Worked out real good with the Bears!!

  5. 6ball says: Aug 30, 2014 7:15 AM

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    This was a smart deal for the Bucs. Mankins could stabilize a shakey O – line. It only cost Tampa a reserve TE, a 4th round choice, and the cost of Mankins contract. They got a good player at a price they could easily afford.
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  6. Eli Pacheco says: Aug 30, 2014 7:20 AM

    I blame the new WLAF reject uniforms.

  7. larryboodry says: Aug 30, 2014 7:40 AM

    That hysterical laughter you hear is coming from Bears fans everywhere.

    But wait, it’s gonna get better…Trust us.

  8. alonestartexan says: Aug 30, 2014 7:50 AM

    Well… Gruden put together a patchwork offensive line when the Bucs won the Super Bowl.

    2001 featured the following line:

    LT – Kenyatta Walker
    LG – Randall McDaniel
    C – Jeff Christy
    RG – Cosey Coleman
    RT – Jerry Wunsch

    2002 featured the following line:

    LT – Roman Oben
    LG – Kerry Jenkins
    C – Jeff Christy
    RG – Cosey Coleman
    RT – Kenyatta Walker

  9. ufhett99 says: Aug 30, 2014 7:56 AM

    For any of you who say Lovie is only about the defense, see what positions he drafted for in the most recent draft.

  10. orndorf2 says: Aug 30, 2014 7:57 AM

    Bucs fans won’t understand why Bears fans would laugh at Lovie after multiple 10+ win seasons and a trip to the Super Bowl. In fact, most teams would cherish such “losing”…..says a lot about Bear fans.

  11. clashpoint says: Aug 30, 2014 7:57 AM

    Said it before and I’ll say it again:

    If you have good running backs, maybe you can run the ball. If you have a good quarterback and receivers, maybe you can throw the ball. But if you don’t have a good enough offensive line, you won’t be doing either.

    Mankins was a big acquisition for the Bucs.

  12. wiztopher says: Aug 30, 2014 8:17 AM

    Football can be complicated, until you uncomplicate it. The most important position on the field is QB. The offensive line protects the QB. Xs and Os are meaningless wo the line. It starts from the line. Tampa’s offense is in trouble.

  13. bearsfan4life says: Aug 30, 2014 8:23 AM

    Bucs fans won’t understand why Bears fans would laugh at Lovie after multiple 10+ win seasons and a trip to the Super Bowl. In fact, most teams would cherish such “losing”…..says a lot about Bear fans.

    Yep. Who wants to win superbowls when you can win regular season games. I have a lot of pride in the division championship they won in 2010. That means so much.

    Just wait for that first time he throws a challenge flag ona meaningless play or burns through timeouts in the 3red quarter.

    That sound you’ll hear is collective bears fans saying we told you so.

  14. ohiobears says: Aug 30, 2014 8:25 AM

    …because he always coaches teams with exceptional offensive lines

  15. officialgame says: Aug 30, 2014 8:28 AM

    The move says more about how the Pats have done things over the last 5 years years then anything. You bring in the leagues greatest mercenary Revis and you kick out the franchises greatest team player because you now can’t pay him. The biggest winner in all of this is the Bucs and the biggest loser is Tom Brady. The Pats are just lucky they play in the NFL’s most dysfunctional division.

  16. pensfan1 says: Aug 30, 2014 8:28 AM

    Ask Big Ben how well that works. 8-8 two years in a row, no playoffs, on his backside or scrambling a lot. If age is involved patchwork looks even less attractive.

  17. largent80100 says: Aug 30, 2014 8:39 AM

    Classic Lovie. Defensive genius who knows nothing about offenses.

    Mankins is an outstanding run blocking guard, Doug Martin is the happiest guy on the roster now, but his pass protection has declined, even though Brady was upset at losing him.

    Their defense can win games for them and has top players at their positions (McCoy, David, Verner) but with a shaky o-line and a transition QB out of the system in McCown, Bucs will be held by their offensive play despite having not only Martin but also Vincent Jackson and Mike Evans.

  18. greenwhodat26 says: Aug 30, 2014 8:40 AM

    Can’t wait to play the Bucs. Jordan & Gallette are going to makeshift their way to the QB all day long! Who Dat!?

  19. larryboodry says: Aug 30, 2014 8:59 AM

    orndorf2 says: Aug 30, 2014 7:57 AM

    “Bucs fans won’t understand why Bears fans would laugh at Lovie after multiple 10+ win seasons and a trip to the Super Bowl. In fact, most teams would cherish such ‘losing’…Says a lot about Bear fans.”

    Three playoff berths in nine years. Blind faith in guys like Caleb Hanie, J’Marcus Webb, Gabe Carimi, and Kellen Davis…Lousy game management.

    Good luck cherishing that.

  20. nou04 says: Aug 30, 2014 9:02 AM

    He is saying that just to make himself feel better. Ask the Cowboys, a few years ago when they had injuries up and down the O Line. They SUCKED. That is why they have spent the last several drafts building the O Line up (at the expense of the D Line), and the offense is a much better unit now.

    Keep your eyes closed and ears plugged Lovie…..it will all go away and get better.

  21. larryboodry says: Aug 30, 2014 9:14 AM

    Just saw where Kellen Davis got cut by the Giants. I’d laugh if Lovie gets him back.

  22. flipzm says: Aug 30, 2014 9:20 AM

    Hey, NFC North defenses loved Chicago’s old patchwork o-line.

  23. GBwomenrhot says: Aug 30, 2014 9:24 AM

    Rex is our Quarterback….DOH!!!

  24. bassplucker says: Aug 30, 2014 9:29 AM

    It amuses me when Bucs fans get all butt hurt about Bears fans coming on here to tell them how it is with Lovie. We’ve watched this guy operate for years and this most recent comment of his is completely in character. He really does think that way.

    But then I suppose if a guy’s been sleeping with Rosanne Barr, then Rosie O’Donnell seems like an upgrade, too.

  25. Indybear says: Aug 30, 2014 9:31 AM

    Bucs fans should get used to the following gems from Lovie’s pressers:

    1. We just didn’t make enough plays.
    2. There’s plenty of football left to be played (he’ll even say this in December).
    3.________________ is our quarterback.

    Have fun with all of that.

  26. datdude84 says: Aug 30, 2014 9:32 AM

    This is the reason he got fired from Chicago and almost got cutler killed. He’s never had a good offensive line. And people wonder why his offenses are terrible.

  27. pftisfulloftrolls says: Aug 30, 2014 9:33 AM

    Just give your QB the bird while your at it.

  28. gridassassin says: Aug 30, 2014 9:35 AM

    He’s learned NOTHING from his latter years in Chicago then.

  29. rextraordinaire says: Aug 30, 2014 9:36 AM

    Funny because thus is the exact opposite of how he felt about the O-line in Chicago. He would always say that as long as they worked as a unit it didn’t matter how bad they were individually. Hence why J’Marcus Webb was a starter for so long.

    The problem was that outside of Roberto Garza, they were all so unbelievably bad that it didn’t matter how well they worked together.

    Bucks fans need not worry too much. The main reason Chicago’s offense was SL bad under movie was because he didn’t have a GM that ever gave him much in the way of offensive talent. Licht will be different.

  30. alonestartexan says: Aug 30, 2014 9:39 AM

    I don’t believe that most Bucs fans would really care what Bears fans have to say. When was the last time the Bears won a Super Bowl? McMahon and Steroids, the Fridge, and Blue Blocker sunglasses?

    Lovie Smith spent 5 years in Tampa from 96-2000. Bucs fans know EXACTLY what they’ve got.

  31. buffaloisadumpsterandtheirfansaremorons says: Aug 30, 2014 9:43 AM

    Lovie has been irrelevant since 2006 when Urlacher and Briggs carried him to the Superbowl.

  32. bassplucker says: Aug 30, 2014 9:44 AM

    Youtube Bears v. Giants from 2010 and Bears v. Niners from 2012 for some examples of Lovie’s great OLs in action.

  33. metalhead65 says: Aug 30, 2014 9:56 AM

    can’t wait to hear bucs fans ask why they paid McCowan so much money when he is running for his life or being sacked. you asked for him and you got him now in enjoy getting of the bus running and not making the playoffs.

  34. officialgame says: Aug 30, 2014 9:57 AM

    Two things are a given; Lovie is an above average coach and the Bears 2014 defense stinks.

  35. orndorf2 says: Aug 30, 2014 9:58 AM

    YouTube 2013 Bears defense!! You haven’t improved as a team. You were 8-8 last year with your offensive line and 30th ranked defense and watched the playoffs from Lakeshore dr.

    Be happy to be free from Lovie and his “losing” ways.

    Lol…at Bear fans! Duh Bears!

  36. orndorf2 says: Aug 30, 2014 10:05 AM

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    bearsfan4life says:
    Aug 30, 2014 8:23 AM
    Bucs fans won’t understand why Bears fans would laugh at Lovie after multiple 10+ win seasons and a trip to the Super Bowl. In fact, most teams would cherish such “losing”…..says a lot about Bear fans.

    Yep. Who wants to win superbowls when you can win regular season games. I have a lot of pride in the division championship they won in 2010. That means so much.

    ————–
    Step 1. Win reg season games to make the playoffs

    Step 2. Win playoff games to make the Super Bowl

    Step 3. Win Super Bowl.

    You were 8-8 with no playoff appearance…..yeah regular season wins don’t mean anything…lol…duh Bears!

  37. randy8123 says: Aug 30, 2014 10:07 AM

    “I beg to differ.”

    - Jay Cutler

  38. cutlers05 says: Aug 30, 2014 10:07 AM

    Ya and all of you Bears fans didn’t get to enjoy one of if not the best DT in the league like the Bucs have right now. I will give you the fact of the LB that you have might match up with what we have. Defense wins championships ask the Seahawks (and Peyton Manning). That is how Lovie made it to the Super Bowl before and now he is going to do it again with an even better offense than he had while in Crytown.

  39. larryboodry says: Aug 30, 2014 10:08 AM

    ufhett99 says: Aug 30, 2014 7:56 AM

    “For any of you who say Lovie is only about the defense, see what positions he drafted for in the most recent draft.”

    Lovie didn’t draft anyone, the GM did.

  40. larryboodry says: Aug 30, 2014 10:10 AM

    Josh McCown will wish he’d stayed with Trestman and behind a real offensive line.

  41. windycity0301 says: Aug 30, 2014 10:10 AM

    Typical Lovie Smith. Head in the sand, not a clue about offense issues… Enjoy Bucs fans, this is what you get to deal with for some time. Just know when you need to vent, Chicago fans understand your pain!

  42. johnnylujack says: Aug 30, 2014 10:27 AM

    If your goal is for the offense to land somewhere in the top 30, a patchwork OL is a great start.

  43. majahpayne8950 says: Aug 30, 2014 10:41 AM

    After being fired after a 10-6 season and out of the NFL for a season this is the best plan you could come up with? Bears fans know all to well this yip yappin and jaw jackin. When he says “…..I like where we’re at with the offensive line” really means “it might be week 10 possibly week 11 before they gel and they’ll probably allow 56 sacks on the season”. take warning Bucs fans….

  44. KIR says: Aug 30, 2014 12:20 PM

    I thought Jerry Angelo was the Bears GM not Lovie Smith. How do you go from one of the best defenses every year to the worst in 1 year?

    The Bears won’t win 8 games this year. Jay (can’t win under pressure, never won a big game) Cutler. 126 mil 54 mil guaranteed, really… really?! Old, soft, worst defense in the league. cough, cough how’s Shea McClellin working out? Bwhahaha

  45. buffalicious says: Aug 31, 2014 9:22 AM

    Buffalicious one loves his Buccaneers….but he also loves an OLine that can block….should’ve addressed this in the draft smh…Incognito is still available Lovie!!! Go get him man!

  46. suckit619 says: Aug 31, 2014 2:29 PM

    As a Bears fan, this sounds awfully familiar. The o-line is what doomed him in Chicago…

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