Can we now have a heart-to-heart, Bucs Twitter? Y’all are one thing else.
After yesterday’s harm to Ryan Jensen, you may have anointed JC Tretter the brand new beginning heart on your Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Within the course of you may have deemed backup heart Robert Hainsey incapable of being a top quality starter on a Tremendous Bowl-hopeful offensive line.
However let’s pump the brakes.
I do know, basic supervisor Jason Licht has engrained in you that the Bucs are simply taking part in real-life Madden. If there’s a massive title accessible, the Bucs ought to – and can – have him!
I get it. However earlier than we armchair basic handle the workforce in all of 24 hours, can we not less than checklist the professionals and cons of ALL of the choices accessible?
Okay, so let’s discuss Tretter. He was a fourth-round number of the Inexperienced Bay Packers in 2013. He’s 31 years previous and coming off of a stable season per Professional Soccer Focus with an general grade of 78.7. As a matter of reality, Tretter has not posted a PFF grade under 69 since 2014. He has proven to be one of many higher facilities within the league for the final 5 years.
Tretter is a veteran who has confronted NFL defenses for years. Trying extra in-depth, Tretter is a greater pass-blocker than run. He has graded out above an 80 in move safety every of the final six seasons. That may be a good quantity of execs for the 6-foot-4 307-pound heart.
How concerning the cons? Let’s begin with scheme. It’s not the end-all-be-all, however Tretter has labored primarily in a large zone scheme over the previous few years. The Bucs primarily run duo. The distinction between the 2 is substantial when it comes to what it asks of the offensive line. In extensive zone, a lineman must be fast and nimble to be able to transfer in house. Usually, it requires offensive linemen to be lighter and sooner. In duo, linemen are anticipated to be greater and extra highly effective to be able to drive defensive linemen backwards. Tretter has excelled in extensive zone attributable to his smaller, extra agile body.
Examine his construct to that of Jensen, who’s listed at 319 kilos. That 10-pound distinction makes a world of distinction. And earlier than you say “Properly Tretter can simply placed on the load,” take note he could be attempting to try this because the workforce works into the season.
It’s extremely arduous for a participant so as to add weight in the course of the season contemplating the bodily exertion they’re placing into follow/video games, particularly throughout coaching camp. Altering physique sorts is a follow NFL gamers go away for the low season for a motive.
There may be additionally the truth that each Robert Hainsey and Nick Leverett know the Bucs offense and are forward of the curve from that perspective. Hainsey was a third-round decide and Tampa Bay desires to see what he can do earlier than panicking and signing a veteran castoff.
Lastly, let’s not overlook that Tretter is nonetheless accessible. And it’s in all probability for a motive. That motive could also be private, as after 9 years he has determined to name it a profession. I don’t know, however that may very well be a risk.
It is also for soccer causes. After the retirement of 49ers heart Alex Mack, Tretter was all however deemed the heir-apparent in San Francisco. Just like the Bucs, they’re reliable Tremendous Bowl contenders. Take note the 49ers made it additional than the Bucs within the playoffs final 12 months. To high it off, the 49ers are the archetype of the extensive zone offense, with head coach Kyle Shanahan considered the mini-Godfather of the scheme that’s so prevalent within the league now.
And but, the 49ers haven’t signed Tretter.
I don’t doubt that Tretter is an effective participant who might assist the Bucs offensive line. However as with all issues I disagree with Bucs Twitter on, it’s extra nuanced than simply saying, “Large title who has been good up to now is best choice.”
Plus, whereas Licht has introduced in big-name free brokers within the current previous, most of these have been in several circumstances. Julio Jones was not signed to be a starter, however fairly depth. Akiem Hicks was not signed to plug a gap created attributable to harm.
If we search for the final time the workforce signed an growing older veteran to plug for an harm, we must take a look at Richard Sherman. How did that go?
The Browns launched Tretter, opting to go along with an inexperienced third-year participant in Nick Harris. Harris is a former fifth-round decide with 211 profession snaps. The 49ers have elected to to not signal Tretter as of but. As an alternative, they’re turning to a beforehand undrafted free agent with six profession snaps in Jake Brendel.
A number of groups with reliable Tremendous Bowl hopes are electing to go along with unproven gamers at heart over Tretter. So perhaps one thing is there that we must always all contemplate earlier than we rush off to signal the second-coming.
So, Bucs Twitter take a deep breath. And contemplate ALL of the details.