Lovie’s “Rabbit, Or Whatever That Thing Is”

August 20th, 2014

ClaybornRaheem Morris used to call Adrian Clayborn “Boydog,” as in half man half canine.

That wasn’t just wacky Raheem talk, the Bucs’ current head coach shared more animal talk for his left defensive end this afternoon.

The tone of Lovie Smith’s voice turned intense when it came to Clayborn.

Lovie talked about how Clayborn has aced the transitioned to left defensive end from the right side. And Lovie revealed he was wowed by the work ethic of Clayborn, referring to his “nonstop motor” and likened Clayborn to another animal.

“Since I’ve been here, the guy just shows up, like an Eveready battery or rabbit, or whatever that thing is,” Lovie said.

Joe talked to Clayborn earlier this afternoon, and Clayborn was raving about the coaching staff and saying his snaps on the left side of the line last year were hampered by coaching, “I really didn’t know what I was doing” on the left side, he said.

Joe’s not sure what Clayborn will deliver this season, but it certainly won’t be for a lack of effort.

44 Responses to “Lovie’s “Rabbit, Or Whatever That Thing Is””

  1. Buddhaboy Says:

    man bear pig

  2. Orca Says:

    I’m totally serial.

  3. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    @ Realist……

    Waiting patiently for your comment!!!

  4. Tom Edrington Says:

    Wouldn’t that be the “Energizer Bunny”, you know, that pink rabbit, the one that beats the drum non-stop, kinda the way Joe kept “beating the drum” for little Johnny Football?

  5. Bucs Fan #237 Says:

    “It certainly won’t be for lack of effort”

    Yeah… nice feel good comment… darn Mark Dominik!!! Darn you!!! Why draft a guy with physical odds against him.

    Sure he is the best one-armed player in the league… but all in all, that just brings him up to or just below par.

  6. The_Buc_Realist Says:

    I am just glad the more and more fans are starting to watch what is really going on the field. More and more people are watching adrian slowborn and “realizing” that a tightend can stone cold block this guy. Is he as bad as I said all off-season, no. But I wanted more people to watch as everyone was saying how great he was.

    Its like the other night, They were talking about Johnny Failure, Saying what a quick release he has, his throw was in the dirt 2 yards in front of the receiver, but it was such a quick release.

  7. Hawaiian Buc Says:


    Why would you want more and more fans to share your warped sense of the truth? Lovie works with him every day and just gave him a pretty good compliment. In fact, he’s been complimenting him all of training camp. Maybe you just caught Clayborn on a bad day or something, so maybe he’ll go on that date with you if you are a little less aggressive. Just a thought.

  8. Suq Maddiq Says:

    Manbearpig is the best nickname anybody could get in the nfl

  9. The_Buc_Realist Says:

    @hawaiian buc
    if my “warped sense of truth” is so far off, Why are there so many article this week of “GMC can’t do it himself”. and we need pass rush from the edge!

  10. Ptwalk Says:

    Clayborn and Bowers are gonna surprise some of you in this upcoming season.

  11. The_Buc_Realist Says:


    I will only be “surprised” if adrian slowborn is starting!!! that guy is terrible!

  12. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    @ Realist

    Now that The “Pop Star” is gone…..you have latched onto “Slowborn”……I’m sure you have some other opinions you’d like to share occaisionally….lets see you proove that you’re not a one trick pony!!! I think you have it in you….

  13. Harry Says:

    @Realist, if he is so bad, why does Lovie seem to praise Clayborn so much? I’ll grant you, his production has been terrible since he got hurt early on. But he is playing with the 1’s, that is evidence of Lovie’s trust in him. btw, lets not use the weak argument that he got moved from RDE to LDE.

  14. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    I think the Realist is biased against anyone Dominick drafted (until Schiano)….and, he is somewhat justified…..Many of his picks haven’t performed up to expectations.

  15. The_Buc_Realist Says:


    The only praise I just read, was saying that he comes to practice ready to go. He said nothing about his on the field play!

    and Harry we saw the guards that had played with the guards, Mike Jenkins is still with the 1’s. we have seen that Lovie does not like to hand out jobs to better players that are rookies. I am hoping that Goldston steeps up and rips the job, because I am tired of watching the bucs have THE worst pass rush since adrian slowborn has played for the BUCS!!!!!!

  16. Jon Says:

    @TBRealist: he’s close to averaging the same sacks per year as Johnson. He comes off as a tough warrior who can get 7-10 sacks. A lot of players in this league drafted in any round would wish that. Keep hating, your realist job probably makes it easy to be sour all the time.

  17. Jon Says:

    Oh TBR we had more sacks last year than the previous ten. Maybe it’s starting to come together. Johnson should get 5, that’s his average!

  18. The_Buc_Realist Says:


    Thats why it was so effective to stunt adrian slowborn and have him cover running backs, while blitzing the linebackers!! that was why the passrush was the most effective its been the last 5 years.

    And his less than average rookie year, if you watched all of them more than half of his sacs, he was never the first to hit and tackle the QB. The score keepers were very generous with the stats. ( as hardly no one was watching back then, no one really cared! )

  19. Jonny 2.3 Says:

    Slowborn/lowborn, I like that name.

  20. Bschucher Says:

    @Realist, so you were exagerating how bad he was just so more people would watch him and agree with you? Puh lease…

  21. Jon Says:

    @TBR: you get a come on man award. Next the sack that flated Drew Brees, caused a fumble but was flagged was a good call. Look he isn’t Peppers, but he’s much better than most. I’m sure if he posts 8+ sacks this year you’ll find a way to spin your words. You in politics?

  22. The_Buc_Realist Says:


    so that the “Proof” a late hit on Brees. people were saying what a ” beast ” he was after that game. It was a late hit, I guess it was just me that thought so, and the Refs, the NFL and most NFL analysts!

  23. BuccaneerBonzai Says:

    Doesn’t really matter what has gone before, does it? After all, if Glennon sucking doesn’t count against him, you can’t count Clayborn’s past against him, especially when Clayborn has not been as bad as you claim.

  24. BuccaneerBonzai Says:

    Simple as this…compare his first three years to the first three years of anyone else on the team.

    Clayborn has better stats.

  25. FanOfBucs Says:

    Go AC!!

  26. AaronDowning Says:

    Lmao @Buddhaboy

  27. Harry Says:

    Realist, I agree with Bonzai, this is just like debating The Cannon. I ask what was so impressive about him and ppl make excuses for him (or compare him to B_rady, etc, LOL). Anyway, you are right, he has underperformed for his draft status. He is with the 1’s, but so are Cousins, Jenkins, etc. So we will see and we need to see it from Johnson as well – he has been “underwhelming”. I think AC will have a decent year: 7-8 sacks. Considering he will likely be rotating with Gholston, et al, would that number of sacks satisfy you?

  28. Hawaiian Buc Says:

    No one can argue we need a better pass rush. But why the hate on just one guy? Why do you like Bowers, who’s best skill seems to be getting hurt? Clayborn needs to improve, but the same can be said for everyone else not named McCoy. That’s where you come off sounding like sour grapes. It really makes you sound like an idiot, much the same as ‘ol Thomas 2.2. Get off his nuts a little, and start talking about someone else, and maybe we can take you seriously.

  29. Orca Says:

    Given a full season at left end, and staying healthy, I think Clayborn will continue to be a solid though unspectacular player – underserving of the contempt directed at him by the deluded person whose moniker indicates he believes he has a clear idea of reality… but, as a sort of schtick, I suppose it’s ok that he considers himself a realist… in much the same way as Joe’s schtick is that he considers himself a journalist.

  30. Harry Says:

    Yeah, Cheeseburger Bowers is the object of my scorn. The thing about AC is, one, he seems to play hard – you have to give him a break for that (he was drafted too high, thats not his fault), and two, the man has overcome in a BIG way a serious birth defect. Cheeseburger on the other hand, was gifted great athletic ability and he is just flat out lazy – always out of shape, IMO.

  31. The_Buc_Realist Says:


    Yep, solid player, I lovie feels the same way

  32. LUVMYBUCS Says:

    Tampa +3 & the under (41.5). Yep I’ll take that to the window

  33. Ghost Says:

    @ realist
    There’s always hope.

  34. biff barker Says:

    Clayborn and Bowers will surprise this year?

    A first and high second rounder playing…. gasp… mediocre!

  35. Orca Says:


    Is solid good enough? Well, no, but I don’t see the point of the constant abuse of the guy. I mean, if he was a lazy guy or a criminal, then maybe I could see the contempt, but he goes all out. It’s not his fault that he doesn’t have elite athleticism and pass rush skill. He’s a good teammate, a hard worker, and a solid player. I’d rather have an elite rusher on both sides, of course. But if all he is is Greg Spires, you can win games with that.

    * Do we have better options right now?
    * What do you get out of the constant mindless bashing of AC?

  36. Mac Says:

    Clayborn has played so well we decided not to take his fifth year option…

    That says it all… Odds are this will be his last year as a Buc and the NFL…

  37. Orca Says:

    Ridiculous. You may not like Clayborn, but he has a place in the NFL for sure. And if he plays solid, I could see him back as a Buccaneer, for the right price. The fact that they didn’t want to pick up the 5th year option only means he wasn’t worth the salary it would’ve required – it doesn’t mean they think he’s a worthless player, otherwise they would’ve cut him… That’s a realist perspective.

  38. Tom Says:

    He will out produce Michael Johnson

  39. Louis Friend Says:

    Clayborn is going to get a shot to prove us all right or wrong. Hoping they all get pressure. Including the guy I think is a waste of a roster spot – Bowser

  40. LutzBuczFan Says:

    “High motor” guys persevere every now and then, and we love to see the effort. But damn, it would be great to have a DE dominate and make a few splash plays. Hopefully the Tampa 2 system and experience will help improve things.

  41. BuccaneerBonzai Says:

    Many do not realize that Clayborn has played the exact number of games that McCoy did in his first three years. McCoy had his breakout year in his 4th year, which is what Clayborn is now entering.

    “High Motor” also contradicts the “Slowborn” nickname.

    Anyone notice hos Realist roots for the bad players? Like Bowers? It’s because Realist is not Bucs fan…he is a troll trying to influence the fans of a division rival.

  42. BucRock Says:

    I’m starting to think that there are only 4 guys that comment here and each has 3 or 4 different aliases. And Joe is one of them…..

  43. BoJim Says:

    I think you have to be pretty decent player/athlete to be anywhere in the NFL. I think AC will break out this season.

  44. Broy3434 Says:

    Orrrrrr perhaps Bucrealist really didn’t catch him on a bad day maybe reliant doesn’t know a damn thing abou football or scouting that’s why he’s here. the head coach praises the same player he scrams to have left off our roster. Hmmmmm. Time to trust the coaching guys. This ain’t Schiano. Lovie and Licth are good at their jobs. And ya reliant that hit he had last year or maybe the year before that was ruled a penalty on Brees because he literally hit him toooo hard. Ball came out wldve won the game. But the refs decided I make us 0-2. And it was last year. He certainly was the first player to hit Brees. Ya he’s ain’t a first round d end. But he’s no bum.