“It Doesn’t Mean That I’m Super Anal”June 11th, 2014
Get your mind out of the gutter. Joe’s not being filthy with that headline.
After minicamp practice yesterday, Joe asked Bucs starting center Evan Dietrich-Smith what his offensive line coach was talking about when he called him a “control freak” last week.
The Bucs’ intense man in the middle was quick offer a definition.
“I know a lot of media people always say center is a real pivotal position because they got to make calls and stuff. But when you say a center is a control freak, it means that he’s real tuned into what everybody needs to be doing. You know, he has control of the line at the line. The guys trust what he’s saying and in that sense, when he makes a call, everybody knows what we’re doing. That’s what a control freak is,” Dietrich-Smith told Joe.
“It doesn’t mean that I’m super anal or this or that. It just means that when I put my hand on the ball and I say something, everybody knows what I’m saying is right.”
It’s hard to imagine there’s going to be a stronger leader on the offensive line than Dietrich-Smith, who was a Packers free agent this offseason. Like most centers, he’s cerebral and intense, but Dietrich-Smith also takes leadership to a level rarely seen.
Like big money left tackle Anthony Collins, Dietrich-Smith was a late bloomer in the NFL. He comes off as very hungry, just like Collins and Josh McCown.