Bucs contemplating a change on offensive line
Offensive coordinator Greg Olson confirmed today something we heard whispers about more than a week ago:
That the Bucs are still up in the air when it comes to keeping left guard Keydrick Vincent in the lineup on a full-time basis.
Olson said the left guard spot was among the topics in the coaches' morning meeting today, and that the staff is considering using a rotation with Vincent and Jeremy Zuttah, the 2009 starter at the position.
"We’ll revisit Keydrick Vincent and Zuttah," Olson said. "Keydrick played well, but we’ll continue to look at that situation at left guard."
Olson acknowledged that part of the problem is the fact Zuttah and Vincent are polar opposites. Zuttah is an athletic, fleet-footed player whose strength is pass protection and pulling. Vincent is a mauler who is adept at run blocking.
But one advantage Zuttah has is that he has more experience in Olson's offense. He was part of an offensive line unit that spent the whole season together and most of the offseason. Vincent was signed two weeks before training camp and is still growing accustomed to some aspects of the Bucs' offense.
"We’re very happy with Vincent and we’re very happy with Zuttah," Olson said. "But they are different players, so we’ll take a look at how we’re going to maybe rotate them and get Jeremy Zuttah in to play the game a little bit."
Olson said the possible changes were the result of the team's effort to keep the 32-year-old Vincent fresh and did not publicly question his performance.
"We're real happy with Keydrick Vincent and the things that he can provide for us. There's also (some thought) that maybe we can rotate. We'll take a look at possibly rotating them during series to keep Keydrick fresh. That's the only reason we're looking at that right now is to make sure he stays fresh through the game. . . Just to keep an eye on him and to allow him to play at a high level."
But there likely is more to this. Behind closed doors, there has been much discussion about the position and whether Vincent should remain the starter. Miscommunications have been frequent, particularly in pass protection. The Bucs will probably deliberate some more before settling on any changes.