After last night’s game, Joe fully understands why significant others of Bucs fans do not want their loved ones anywhere near a showerhead today.
Last night, for no good reason, possible starting left guard Aaron Stinnie was playing with three minutes left in the third quarter of a sh!t preseason game. A Super Bowl starter at the thinnest position on the team — a position that at halftime appeared wide open — Stinnie blew out his knee to some degree.
Joe has no earthly idea why Stinnie was on the field. It was reckless if not irresponsible. Sadly, we cannot turn the block back. The Bucs have to prepare for the worst.
Joe would be surprised if the Bucs don’t have a new offensive lineman this week, or later this month.
Now is just about the perfect time to land someone. In the next nine days, serviceable guys will get cut as NFL teams have to be down to a 53-man roster by Aug. 30. By now, teams have a great idea of what offensive linemen they may release as a salary cap casualty or would be eager to trade on the cheap.
Yeah, Joe assumes teams would try to rake Bucs AC/DC-loving general manager Jason Licht over the coals because they know Licht is trapped in a buy-mode; he’s not selling. But obtaining a throwaway draft pick is better than getting nothing when you cut a guy.
It’s obvious from last night that rookie left Luke Goedeke is not yet ready for prime time.
Team Glazer or Licht need to issue General Order No. 1 for this week: No offensive lineman with a chance to start at Dallas Week 1 shall play Saturday at Indianapolis. Nick Leverett, Donovan Smith, Robert Hainsey, Shaq Mason, Tristan Wirfs, enjoy the weekend off.
The only guys on the field at Lucas Oil Stadium should be offensive linemen who have no shot of starting and guys who good film for their USFL interviews.
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