Overview: Offensive line

TAMPA, Fla. -- We continue our position-by-position overviews with the offensive line.

Looking back: This unit was supposed to be an area of strength. Instead, it was a major weakness. The run blocking and pass blocking were subpar, and that’s a big part of the reason the offense never really got on track. Guard Carl Nicks missed all but two games as he battled MRSA and a toe injury. There iss no question Nicks’ injury hurt, but the rest of the line underachieved.

Looking ahead: With a new regime taking over, there could be big changes in store for the offensive line. Uncertainty remains about Nicks’ health. Left tackle Donald Penn and guard Davin Joseph are getting older and have big salary-cap numbers. It might be time for an overhaul.