It Might Be Time For Jason Licht To Pick Up The Phone – – Tampa Bay Bucs Blog, Buccaneers News

Bucs GM Jason Licht.

Joe and Bucs fans have far, far, far different standards when it comes to blocking on the offensive line. Joe came to that conclusion long ago.

Joe is convinced fans believe it is a failure unless a guy pancakes his opponent. Joe believes linemen only need to create a crease or a crack for a running back to expose. Pass blocking? The objective isn’t to own a defender, it’s to keep him away from your quarterback.

So when Joe had just about every person in the Bucs organization, suits, coaches and players tell him that Robert Hainsey deserved a shot after Ryan Jensen went down with a knee injury in July, Joe was content.

After all, the guy calling the shots at One Buc Palace, Bucs AC/DC-loving general manager Jason Licht, is a former offensive lineman who built the best offensive line in football from a total laughing stock to elite in just five years.

Additionally, those guys saw Hainsey practice against Vita Vea each week during the season last year in closed practices. So when Licht stood pat and actually said they were training Hainsey to take Ryan Jensen’s spot if Jensen left the team in free agency this spring, who was Joe to start banging the table for Licht to panic?

In other words, Licht has street cred.

Now it seems as if Licht may be cornered, pending tests on Hainsey’s ankle. Hainsey injured his ankle in the first half tonight and though he needed help getting to the sidelines, Joe saw hilm walk by himself to the trainers’ table.

Speaking to Chris Myers and Rondé Barber in the second half of the broadcast, Licht gave an update on Hainsey. Though Licht was careful to qualify his statements that Hainsey had to go through an MRI and tests in the morning, Licht said of Hainsey, “We are optimistic it’s not a major injury.”

But how long will he be out? The Bucs have two weeks to prepare for Dallas. Barber guessed from the video that Hainsey may have a high ankle sprain. That’s not a two-week recovery.

Then, to add salt to the wound, No. 3 center Nick Leverett was knocked out of the game in the second half with a shoulder injury.

So the Bucs are down, for who knows how long, their top three centers.

Joe doesn’t think Licht has much of a choice now. Good timing. In the next three days a ton of decent players will be out on the street. Teams have to get down to a 53-man roster Tuesday afternoon.

Joe would be surprised if the Bucs didn’t bring a center in for a workout.

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