The Bucs offensive line has been one of the worst units in the NFL this season as expected. Anthony Collins has been a bust, Demar Dotson has not been as good as he was a year ago, and now there is a battle between Patrick Omameh and Garrett Gilky at right guard. With those issues at hand, the Bucs biggest weakness along there offensive line might be the player they were supposed to lean on most.
Each Thursday Greg Cosell of NFL Films joins Fan Interference on 98.7 The Fan to talk about the Bucs and the NFL. This Thursday he held nothing back when talking about the player who was supposed to fix the Bucs offensive line.
"It's funny how Bill Belichick is usually not wrong about personnel decisions," Cosell said of the Bucs trade for guard Logan Mankins. "I just got to tell you, and I'm just watching film, but Logan Mankins is by no means the player he once was."
"He's been, in many games, kind of a detriment at left guard."
Mankins has been a tremendous liability after the Bucs had hoped he would be the answer to their guard question once Carl Nicks was not fit to play anymore. The Bucs traded away a 4th round pick and tight end Tim Wright to the Patriots to acquire Mankins and his $6.25 million salary. It's safe to say that the Patriots have gotten the much better end of this deal to date.
Mankins has had some bad games already, but his game against the Saints stands out most. In that game, Mankins was the offensive lineman who allowed the safety in the 4th quarter that made the score just a 3-point lead in favor of the Buccaneers. He would then have another costly holding penalty late in that same game to stall a drive that could have ultimately won the game for the Bucs. Instead, the Bucs would go on to lose to the Saints in overtime, and start to peek towards 2015.
"He's been an issue; the whole line's been an issue," Cosell said.
We knew the Bucs offensive line was going to be a problem during the preseason, but Mankins was supposed to solidify it. Unfortunately, he might be the biggest "detriment" the Bucs have along an already suspect offensive line. With a true pocket passer like Glennon as their starting quarterback, this is not good news for the Bucs offense moving forward.
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