The much maligned offensive line, of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers has been heavily criticized of late for failing to live up to the vaunted expectations that comes with having so many high draft picks and resources spent on it. Many thought the 2009 season was going to be the coming out party sort of speak, for a line that for the most part, has been together for a minimum of atleast two years and some starters even longer. But amidst a coaching change, there was a philosophy change and unexpected injuries and players missing in action.
Many fans had long thought that the line was a strength of the team. But season upon season they failed to take that next step. Now, finally, Jeremy Trueblood stated what the majority of the fan base has been thinking for the past few seasons. When he told Ira Kaufman of the Tampa Tribune it’s put up or shut up time.
“Even if you thought you were a great offensive line, you went 3-13, so you weren’t that good,” Trueblood said. “There was a lack of consistency overall and my season wasn’t good enough. We were all very disappointed because 3-13 isn’t nearly good enough. That’s why we’re out here working our butts off.”
“Davin and I are going into our fifth season together and we want to take that next step,” said Trueblood. “We want to be one of the elite sides in football. As a group, it’s time for us to put up or shut up.”
Certainly not everything that has transpired over the past few seasons can be laid at the footstep of the players. But to finally here a player say what the fans have been thinking, is refreshing. Just the fact that Trueblood understands its finally come down to this season and only this season is a step in the right direction.
With Donald Penn, Davin Joseph and Trueblood all looking for a long term committment from the organaztion. This coming season should going along way in deciding there fait.