Joseph: Bucs' offensive line 'not where we need it to be'
There is one play in particular during Friday night's 30-7 preseason loss by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to the Tennessee Titans that still rankles Davin Joseph.
The Pro Bowl guard remains frustrated by the offensive line's failure to create a push up front when Tampa Bay faced a third-and-1 situation on its own 36-yard line. Rookie running back Doug Martin was stopped for no gain off right tackle and the Bucs were forced to punt on their second possession of the game.
"We have to beat the guys across from us,'' Joseph said Tuesday, "and a third-and-1 is all about the offensive line to me. We're still not where we need to be. We've got to get to the point where we're winning, down after down. For all 32 teams in this league, the line has to play well. It's hard for an offense to get rolling when the line is out of synch.''
The Bucs posted only six first downs and were limited to 81 yards against the Titans as they prepare for Friday night's home preseason matchup against New England.
The Patriots and Bucs are holding two joint practices in Tampa before meeting at Raymond James Stadium.
"They (Patriots) are the most consistent team in the league and there's a lot we can learn from them,'' said Joseph, who has replaced former Bucs center Jeff Faine as the club's representative in the players union. "We're looking forward to it as a team. I know it's going to make us better.''
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Ira Kaufman has long been both a great writer for The Tampa Tribune and friend to the Bucs UK and BUCPOWER.COM. He writes on all sports for the paper but during the NFL season offers his stories on not just the Buccaneers, but also the NFL in general.