The Bucs have been trying to get the run game going all season with zero results. This week, coach Dirk Koetter said the problem lies not with Doug Martin but rather with the run blocking. How can this be, with an offensive line supposedly stacked with road graders? Let’s examine each player.
Donovan Smith, since being drafted in the second round, has struggled with consistency. Often drawing unnecessary penalties that can kill an offensive drive. At his size, he would make a much better guard than LT.
Kevin Pamphile and JR Sweezy are both NFL caliber players, but neither one has been spectacular this season. Although Pamphile is still young and still has plenty of time to continue to mature into a great player.
Ali Marpet has had a difficult transition to center. So far he has had several bad snaps which have led to fumbles. Also, as he is the best run blocker of the bunch, he would be much more effective at guard, so why the transition to center?
Demar Dotson has been the only bright spot, quietly putting up a Pro Bowl caliber season. He has consistently been ranked as one of the best right tackles in the NFL.
If this team is going to win more games this season, the running game must improve. They MUST run the ball to set up the pass.