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Bucs OL coach Mangurian breaks silence

by Roland Johnson on May 27, 2009

Jim Flynn, of PewterReport.com has a good interview with Tampa Bay

Mangurina looking for smart players

Mangurina looking for smart players

Buccaneers new offensive line coach Pete Mangurian, Mangurian has a history with Raheem Morris, the hand picked coach to take the team to the promise land, but what many might not have known is that he has also worked with the teams new offensive coordinator Jeff Jagodzinski, back in 1987 when Jags was a graduate assistant at LSU & Mangurian was the offensive line coach.

The most interesting aspects of the interview are when Mangurian states that the LG position is unsettled, which leads this fanatic to believe that incumbent Arron Sears is being pushed by second year swing player Jeremy Zuttah.

“There are a lot of experienced players,” said Mangurian. “[Center] Jeff Faine is obviously an experienced player. We’ve got [Jeremy] Trueblood out at the right tackle spot. He and [right guard] Davin Joseph have been there. The left guard spot at this point we still have some competition going there. Donald Penn is the heir apparent at the left tackle. We wish he would have been here for more of the offseason program. That’s an issue, but it’s something we’ll just have to deal with as a team and move on.

“There is open competition. I’m not worried about what people on the outside are thinking. I just know what we’re trying to accomplish. We look at these guys and grade each play in each practice. We want guys that can compete, we want guys that improve, we want guys that don’t repeat mistakes, we want guys that are consistent, intelligent and guys that are aware of what is going on around them and in the game. We want good teammates and guys that will sacrifice for the good of the team and guys that understand it’s all about playing as a team, not about the individual.” Source: PewterReport.com

The other is that he, insinuates that the offensive line needs to basically set ego’s and self loathing aside for the betterment of the team as a whole. The player that is must likely be called out is Donald Penn. Penn this off-season eluded too his potential self worth on the open market and was unhappy about being tender, then he deicdes to show the team, by missing many of the OTA’s.

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