After evaluating the first quarter of the season during the bye week, Greg Schiano is looking to shake up the starting lineup. Schiano is looking for a combination with the offensive line that can open up holes for the ground game.
The Bucs are looking at Jeremy Trueblood to come off the bench to try out right guard. The experiment is being delayed with Trueblood fighting a stomach bug on his first day back from the break.
"He has some kind of stomach virus or something, said Schiano. "He couldn't practice. He tried, but he just couldn't. We have a couple guys not feeling so well. It didn't come up till real late in the morning. Otherwise we probably maybe would not have put pads on. Maybe change the day we put pads, but that's the way it goes."
Trueblood wasn't available to talk, but his linemate Carl Nix knows first-hand what it takes to move from tackle to guard.
"I played left tackle in college," said Nix. "Which was a long time ago. It was hard, but Trueblood is an athlete, so he probably could do it. I'm curious to see how that works out. Everything happens a lot faster. When you're sitting a tackle you kind of sit back and kind of waiting. Guard it's happening right now, it's in your face."
The players had time off during the bye week. The coaches spent the week at work self-evaluating and getting a jump start on the Kansas City Chiefs.
"Just two more days of exposure to Kansas City, which certainly should not hurt you, said Schiano. "What advantage? I don't know, you can look at all the statistics of bye teams versus non bye teams and all that stuff. At the end of the day, you got to be ready to play on Sunday. Hopefully this extra preparation will make us more ready, more prepared."
Some players started their Kansas City prep before returning to work, sneaking a peek from home.
"I watched what I could on the 'Redzone' [NFL Network]," said Aqib Talib. "They definitely run the ball, man."
"It always helps to get a head start," said Michael Bennett. "They [Chiefs] are still going over their game that they played yesterday. We are getting a head start on them. We've been getting ready for them since last week, so it should be a pretty good game."
This could be a turning point in the season for Bucs, who historically struggle after the bye. Since 1990, the Bucs have a losing record 10-13.
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