BY: John Mamola
It’s no secret that the debut of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last Friday night was overshadowed by the lackluster play of the Pewter Pirates’ offensive line. It’s also been no secret for head coach Lovie Smith’s entire tenure in Chicago, that his biggest fault was the lackluster play of his offensive lines in the Windy City over his nine years with Chicago.
NFL Network analyst Jamie Dukes, who played offensive line in the NFL for 10 seasons, joined WDAE’s “The Sports Page” on Thursday and was shocked that the faults of Lovie Smith’s past continue to pop up in his first year in Tampa Bay.
“I’m still shocked that he will allow the same Achilles heel that got him fired the first time to be a trouble for him this time,” said Dukes referencing a comparison of Lovie Smith and new Tennessee Titans head coach Ken Wisenhunt. “Lovie Smith gets fired because he couldn’t find a line to protect Jay Cutler. You guys have two big six foot five clydesdales outside, and you’re not going to be able to use them because that offensive line is going to be a problem.”
Dukes said he expects the Buccaneers defense to be “awesome” in 2014 but said the issues the Buccaneers will have on the offensive line will tell their tale for the season.
“At this point while you’re waiting to rebuilt this offensive line which they want to do through the draft, go get you guys you know can play. That’s what they have to do or this is going to be kind of a wasted season,” said Dukes. “As I watched all the offensive lineman just systematically get kind of parched off, I said oh boy here we go again.”
To hear more of Dukes’ take on the NFC south and the chances of Florida State repeating as national champions, click below.
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