Jags Intrigued By Clifton Smith

February 17th, 2009
Clifton Smith's "shake" has impressed the new offensive coordinator

Clifton Smith's "shake" has impressed the new offensive coordinator

New Bucs offensive coordinator Jeff Jagodzinski met the local MSM today. (Joe was home crying over Carmella.)

Jagodzinski basically said a whole lot of nothing new and exciting, although he was extremely non-committal about the quarterback position and had very lukewarm (Joe couldn’t skip that one) comments about Luke McCown.

Joe was very pleased by Jagodzinski’s interest in Clifton Smith’s possibilities in the new Bucs offense. The quote below comes from an edited Q&A published by Pewter Report.

The little guy walking underneath the table here, [Clifton Smith], from what I saw of him I think you can use him in one-on-one routes and get him in open space and get him in some mismatches. I’ve seen him do some things, and he’s got a lot of shake. I think we can use him in some spots. 

Smith has major potential. The kid fumbled in his first four or five games, sure, but he seemed to kick the habit. Yes, he dropped a pass or two, as well, which had Chucky boiling on the sidelines. However, Joe wants him to get another shot at contributing.

Smith reminds Joe a little bit of Dave Meggett. Regardless, you’ve got to try to put the ball in the hands of your most talented players.

Let’s see what he can do in the preseason with short passes in open space.

One Response to “Jags Intrigued By Clifton Smith”

  1. Mr. Lucky Says:

    Well those comments were pretty genaric and I can understand why. I like the thought about more “power running” and was wondering if the Bucs might be interested in picking up Fred Taylor or Duece McCalister for a single year – Imagine Duece lead blocking for Ernest Graham on 3rd and 2?

    I do wonder, after reading that interview, how likely the Bucs would be looking at Knowshon Moreno after all?

    It also seemed to me that Jags might be interested in keeping Griece around. I wonder how much input Jags has into the FA process and/or draft?