Don’t Call Lovie’s Nose A Run Support GuyMarch 14th, 2014
Lovie Smith wants his nose tackle rushing the passer and everything else is secondary. That’s what Lovie explained to Joe this week.
For those keeping score, that’s a polar opposite approach from the New Schiano Order philosophy.
Schiano even admitted Tampa Bay drafted Akeem Spence to start at nose tackle last year assuming he didn’t have pass rushing talent because they hadn’t seen it on his college film.
Lovie wouldn’t do such a thing, and that’s a big part of why defensive tackle Clinton McDonald was signed away from the Seahawks for a $
“Booger McFarland and Warren Sapp were the inside tandem, both of those guys had 3-technique or under tackle type ability. When I say under tackle ability, I’m talking about guys that are athletic, that can rush the passer. A lot of times you think of just a nose guard position as more of a run-support-only position. And that’s not the case.
“We have two guys [McCoy and McDonald] that can really rush. Again, playing a limited amount of times he had 5 1/2 sacks last year on a good defense. And he can run, excellent speed, strong man. You get a chance to shake his hand you’ll see that he has a little bit, you know, to him. And he’s on a mission, too. We talk about Josh [McCown] coming back from adversity, you know, for [McDonald] to get cut and be in that position and then to come back motivated to do something special.”
Yes, the Bucs upgraded their pass rush in a huge way this week. Michael Johnson is a leaps and bounds more dangerous and disruptive than Adrian Clayborn, and McDonald is a very different player from Spence.
Of note, headlines out of Seattle have called McDonald a huge loss, and the Seahawks are now interviewing Lovie’s old nose tackle in Chicago, Henry Melton.
This should surprise no one. Lovie will not tolerate a second-rate pass rush. Joe also expects the Bucs to continue fortifying the defensive line through the NFL Draft.