VIDEO: Lovie Smith Talks State of the Bucs O-Line
After practice Monday, Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Lovie Smith spoke to the media about the offensive line, specifically the situation at guard. The team has a number of players who could start Friday’s first preseason game, including Jamon Meredith, Oniel Cousins, Kadeem Edwards and Patrick Omameh.
“We like the prospects,” Smith said. “We don’t have a lot of players at the positions that have started a lot of games. We have young talent at the line. You guys see them down there. You go against Gerald McCoy every day, you get better. We’re getting better. We don’t do a lot of live work on the football field. These preseason games will be so important for those guys. But we have a group of guys working there. We don’t have any starting lineups or anything like that right now. But it will continue to clear up for us on who our guards will be.”
Coach Smith also talked about how long it will take for the unit to gel.
“I think it comes. We’ve been together for awhile now. I don’t think you have to play together five years to get that chemistry. We’ve had a lot of practices together, a lot of time together in the meeting rooms. Green Bay is a distant memory for Evan [Dietrich-Smith]. Cincinnati is a distant memory for Anthony [Collins]. They’re coming.”