Needless Concussion For Clifton Smith

December 6th, 2009

Perhaps someone can explain to Joe why Pro Bowl returner Clifton Smith, who is having an excellent season returning punts and kicks, is throwing his body around covering kicks?

Do the Bucs not have guys on the roster to put their bodies on the line other than a pint-sized, speedster who recently had a serious concussion?

Joe has seen Smith covering kicks through much of the season, but Joe was sure that part of his game was over after his concussion against Carolina in October.

Yet there was Smith out there on Sunday knocked out of the game with a concussion on the opening kickoff — to Carolina.

It was a needless risk by the Bucs’ coaching staff, and Smith paid the price.

After the game, Smith updated his condition, per Tom Balog of the Sarasota Herald-Tribune.

”I’m fine,” Smith said, while getting a soft drink, on his way out of the team’s dressing room at Bank of America Stadium. “It wasn’t as bad as the last one.”

7 Responses to “Needless Concussion For Clifton Smith”

  1. Jason Says:

    Thats not good! What is that now? Two for him this season?

  2. bucsfanlostiniowa Says:

    Whose fault is it that he is oUt there, the special teams coach or the head coach? If you blame Raheem the spin doctors will put it all on someone else. IT’S ALWAYS SOMEBODY ELSE’S FAULT NEVER RAHEEM THE DREAM’S!!!!!!!!!

  3. phil Says:

    uh considering clifton smith is the 4th string rb and an excellent special teams player, he should be out there, and he has been all year. stop pointing your finger at every little thing, its getting ridiculous.

  4. Jackson Says:

    As much as I question some of your opinions and writings, you’ve made an EXCELLANT point here. What in the world is our recently-concussed All-Pro return man doing covering KO’s!?! Great point!

  5. BucForce Says:

    “wasn’t as bad as the last time”?? Roger Goodell must be cringing.

  6. RastaMon Says:

    Ronde Barber has been on punt coverage team forever

  7. Marlow Says:

    When I realized it was Smith, I just added another note to “the why we are 1-11” list.