Evan Dietrich-Smith: GMC Is “Scary”May 27th, 2014
Monday afternoon, Bucs center Evan Dietrich-Smith appeared with Vic Carucci and Brad Hopkins on “The Blitz,” heard exclusively on SiriusXM NFL Radio. EDS had a lot to say about the Bucs, Lovie Smith and quarterbacks, and Joe will bring you bits and pieces the next couple of days.
Excitement filled EDS when he was asked to explain Lovie’s defense. Few on the Bucs roster know Lovie’s defense better than EDS because the former Green Bay Packers center had to battle it twice a year in the NFC North.
This is when EDS began raving about Gerald McCoy.
“Facing Lovie’s defense, it is all predicated on interior pressure and with Gerald McCoy, we haven’t been hitting in OTAs but I don’t believe I have seen anybody in the league get off the ball as fast as he does,” EDS said. “It is kind of scary and I am glad he is on my team. We watch film sometimes and the guy is awesome. I barely move my hand and the guy is going, and he is fast. He is like outrunning linebackers down the field 20 yards. He is a great guy on top of that, super awesome guy. easy to talk to and get along with.”
It’s hard for Joe not to get excited about Lovie’s defense. The Bucs, for having a downright putrid pass rush, played fairly solid defense last year. The turnover ratio was very good, which explains how rotten the offense was.
The hallmarks of Lovie are defense and turnovers, and the Bucs are further along than most 4-12 teams would be in those areas.
Barring injuries, Joe is pretty confident the once-feared Bucs defense is going to return.