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Gur's Linemen

Everything our own Gur Samuel has written on offensive linemen, and much much more.

Losing the trench warfare is killing the run game

The Buccaneer offensive line failed consistently in run blocking against the Panthers, and based on how poor the OL play was, this may only be a taste of what's to come over the rest of the season.

Josh McCown vs Game Film: Week 9, part two

We look look at more plays from McCown's game against the Packers, to find out just what the Bucs have in their starting quarterback

Josh McCown vs Game Film, Week 9

Josh McCown had an impressive performance coming off the bench against Washington in Week 7 - but how did he perform with a full two weeks of practice reps with the starters?

Josh McCown vs Game Film: part one

Yes, the 'vs Game Film' series is back for the offseason, to see what exactly it is we have in our new starting QB, Josh McCown

Reviewing the game film on Glennon, part two

We take a look at some more plays from the Week 16 loss to the Rams to point out just why Glennon cannot be handed the reins to the team for 2014 uncontested.

Reviewing the game film on Glennon: part one

Over the season, Glennon has regressed in almost every aspect of play. In Week 16, the combination of the same issues he's shown all year together with his most hesitant, indecisive performance cast real doubt over his status as a starting NFL QB.

Mike Glennon's play should raise serious questions

Mike Glennon did himself no favours against the Bills in making a case to be the uncontested starter for 2014, and it might be time for the braintrust at One Buc Place to start asking some serious questions.

Reviewing the run blocking: Week 13, part one

We look at a selection of the Bucs' run plays last Sunday to try and understand why the run game failed to get off the ground. Pun intended.

Reviewing the game film on Glennon: Week 13

With the team's three-game win streak, and Glennon's eight-game touchdown streak, brought to an abrupt end this past Sunday against the Panthers, we look at the game film to see how Glennon fared in his first game without throwing a touchdown pass.

Gut Reaction to Glennon

After a very disappointing loss, and what on the surface seems to be a very disappointing performance, what should we make of Mike Glennon at first glance?

Glennon does NOT deserve your unabashed loved yet

Further tape review shows that Glennon is still far closer to a game manager than he is to being a game winner - but there's signs that he might still yet get there

Reviewing the game film on Glennon: Week 12

Despite leading the team to their third straight win, many of the same issues remain with Mike Glennon - yet, he also flashed more promise in that game than he had before. He's unquestionably improving, but is it enough to declare him The Answer?

Reviewing the quarterback play: Week 11

After three straight weeks of glaring regression in all significant areas of quarterback play, Mike Glennon bounced back with his best performance to date. Has Glennon turned the corner, or is it still too early to order your #8 jersey?

All-22: Reviewing the film on Glennon, Week 10

The Bucs may have gotten their first win of 2013 on Monday Night Football, but they did so in spite of, not because of, Mike Glennon. We show how Glennon's decision making on MNF make it hard to see him remaining the starter beyond this season.

Does Mike Glennon trust the offensive line?

Mike Glennon's scrambles against the Seahawks actively hurt the Bucs - and often came when there was no need to escape the pocket. We look at three plays that indicate Glennon might not trust the Bucs' offensive line

Reviewing the pass protection: Week 9 - part three

The final part of the Week 9 pass-pro review looks at some positive plays from Sunday, culminating in possibly the best single-play performance from a Bucaneers offensive lineman this season.

Reviewing the pass protection: Week 9 - part two

In part two of the Week 9 pass protection review, we look at the failings of one specific position which have been letting the offensive line down as a whole this season: guard.

Reviewing the pass protection: Week 9 - part one

In [art pme of the Week 9 pass protection review, we look at some evidence that the apparent improved play on the offensive line is a product of increased chemistry and communication by the OL - and explain why it still needs to improve further.

Reviewing the game film on Glennon: Week 9

For your weekly Mike Glennon review, we look at the areas where Glennon is improving, how he can improve, and where he's regressing; plus your regular breakdown of every pass Glennon threw last Sunday.

Reviewing the game film on Glennon - Week 8

Your weekly QB game film breakdown; While Glennon did show some signs of development when he had space and time to throw and scan the field, the results when the Carolina D, and his coaches, put him under pressure were a lot uglier.

Reviewing the pass protection - part two

After looking at the typical pass protection the Bucs showed last week in part one, part two looks at some of the highs and lows the team's blockers had in keeping Glennon's jersey clean.

Reviewing the pass protection - part one

Last Sunday arguably saw the cleanest a Bucs' QB jersey has been all season - but was the pass protection as solid as it looked? We turn to the coaches film to find out.

Reviewing the game film on Mike Glennon - Week Six

Last Sunday's game against the Eagles may have ended with yet another loss, but putting on the game film shows some encouraging signs of Mike Glennon's development - and some flashes of the potential to be a long-term starter in the right system.

Reviewing the pass protection - part two

Part two of the Week 2 pass protection review - we take a second look at the strip-sack, breakdown another rushed throw, before turning to two examples of near-perfect pass protection

Reviewing the pass protection - part one

We turn to the coaches film to see if the Bucs OL, which ProFootballFocus claimed was the most efficient at pass protection, is really as good as it seems. Part one of two.

Bucs vs. the NFL on third down: Week 2 stats

A look at what third down meant statistically to every team around the NFL in Week 2, with a special emphasis on the Bucs/Saints game. Part of a larger project to find statistical trends in third down data. It's not as dry as it sounds, promise!

What the game film said about Freeman on Sunday

The narrative in the media and among fans, fuelled by the stats, suggests Freeman had a bad game on Sunday, and was a huge reason for the loss. The game film tells a very different story.

Bucs vs. Jets All-22: how did the OL do?

The offensive line did not do a good job last Sunday - but just how bad did they do? We look at a selection of plays that illustrate the problems up front we had in Week 1

2012 Week 2's Key Play Broken Down

A series identifying the key play in each game of the Bucs' 2012 season, using nothing more than a white board, marker pens and the All-22 camera angle - or the 'View from the Crow's Nest'. This entry is for the Week 2 game versus the Giants.

2012 Week 1's Key Play Broken Down

A series identifying the key play in each game of the Bucs' 2012 season, using nothing more than a white board, marker pens and the All-22 camera angle - or what I call the View from the Crow's Nest. This entry is for the Week 1 game versus Carolina.

What Blount Teaches Us About Schiano (part five)

The final part of an extended look at LeGarrette Blount as a player, and what his treatment teaches us about Greg Schiano. In this part, I extrapolate the factors discussed in part four and apply them to some other players on the Bucs' roster.

A theory of coaching styles

The third part of an extended look at LeGarrette Blount as a player, and what his treatment teaches us about Greg Schiano. This part of the article deviates a little, setting out a theory of coaching that will explain in part four Blount's 2012 play.

What Blount Teaches Us About Schiano (part two)

The second part of an extended look at LeGarrette Blount as a player, and what his treatment teaches us about Greg Schiano. This part looks at Blount's game tape from 2011, in order to contrast his play in the pre-Schiano era to what it was in 2012

What Blount Teaches Us About Schiano (part one)

The first part of an extended look at LeGarrette Blount as a player, and what his treatment teaches us about Greg Schiano. The first part explores Blount's story so far, and how he has been perceived by the media and the fans.

Bucs should draft a tackle in the first round

The Buccaneers should draft a tackle, and they should do so early. Find out why!