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D-Line Stars Haven’t Played Together

January 29, 2013 at 12:40am by Scott   •  5 Comments »


At first I thought this fun fact was an interesting tidbit that maybe shed some light on why the pass rush just wasn’t getting there.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers general manager Mark Dominik has a dream. In it, he sees defensive linemen Michael Bennett, Gerald McCoy, DaQuan Bowers and Adrian Clayborn all getting after the passer on the same third down.

“We never had those four players playing together at the same time – ever,” he said. “And whether that’s us being snakebit or whatever, it’s still an important thing that just didn’t happen.”

But that’s three defensive ends, right? Bennett swings to tackle sometimes, but it seems like you’d want a bigger guy on the field (you know, like a nose tackle) when McCoy is playing his standard 3-technique. I guess offensive alignments might dictate that you’d want four lean, fast guys on the field some time, but that would be a rare thing. Now if all four of those guys have never been healthy at the same time, that’s a different complaint. But Dominik’s take almost seems like saying that they’ve never had Doug Martin and LeGarrette Blount on the field at the same time. Which I’d actually like to see once. I know Erik Lorig is a good fullback, but one time I’d like to see Blount grating the road for Martin. There would be pieces of linebacker marking the path for Martin to follow.

5 Comments to “D-Line Stars Haven’t Played Together”

worker b

worker b (January 29, 2013 at 09:29am:

I know the Bucs are desperate for corners, and Miller had a decent year at DT, but I’d like to see them draft a big, mobile DT like Johnathan Hankins in the first. In my view, you keep acquiring defensive linemen until your defensive line has proven to be dominant, whether it’s been snakebit with injuries or not.


Louie (January 29, 2013 at 10:51am:

This draft could be real interesting. There’s not a corner that you’d take with the 13th pick. So, depending on what the Bucs do in free agency, they could just take the best player available.

Mark S

Mark S (January 29, 2013 at 08:17pm:

Unless we trade up or down in the first round, I don’t see a CB that is worth the 13th pick. There are plenty of CBs that can be had in the 2nd round. So, I too like a DT in the first. I would like a true Nose that can bull rush. McCoy’s play will improve if opponents have to account for another D-Lineman. On Dominick’s comment I think the Bucs said early in the year that on passing downs Bennett would see some time at tackle. That gives you four good pass rushers.

Mark S

Mark S (January 29, 2013 at 08:18pm:

There is an OLB worth taking and with our need on strong side, that may be where they go.


mcLovin (January 30, 2013 at 02:44pm:

I think maybe it was kiper who had ogletree from Georgia, which would give us a great front seven. I would like either dt or olb, but what about more protection for #5, we need a rt and there will be a couple around.

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