“Keep Their Mouths Shut”

May 27th, 2015

lovie smith 0729There’s rabid panic, nausea and teeth-grinding at JoeBucsFan.com world headquarters when the topic turns to warm beer the Buccaneers’ offensive line.

But it’s all sunshine and daisies inside the posh media confines of One Buc Palace.

Anthony Becht, the former Bucs, Jets, Rams and Chiefs tight end, joined TJ Rives to break down the Bucs’ new likely starting O-linemen, second-round rookies Ali Marpet and Donovan Smith.

No surprise, it was all blue skies and angels dancing to harp music.

Among various comments, Becht noted Marpet, out of Division III Hobart, has the smarts and the 40-yard-dash time needed to be effective. He also said Marpet and Smith are the types to “keep their mouths shut” and work hard on their craft.

Sorry, but practicing hard, a good attitude, and running in a straight line. don’t win in the trenches. It takes a lot more than that. Joe just can’t get past the fear of putting a guy from Hobart in the starting lineup on Week 1. Joe needs Valium. Becht referenced he’d prefer Marpet “develop” over time. But the Bucs are expected to toss him in the fire.

Joe’s praying at least one of these guys pans out. If the Bucs whiff with these picks, then Joe will be headed for a brown-bag fitting.

Enjoy the official Buccaneers video below.

26 Responses to ““Keep Their Mouths Shut””

  1. Buccfan37 Says:

    Hold off on that brown bag fitting. If the O line continues to disappoint, a body bag might be more appropriate, that goes for the QB also.

  2. Nole on Sat.-Bucc on Sun. Says:

    Ali Marpet will be a star….

  3. PABucsfan Says:

    If they don’t pan out this season then be prepared for Tampa to be making another top 5 selection in the next draft.im just as big of a Bucs fan as the next guy. But basing wins off of having the “4th” easiest schedule is silly. You’re saying that tampa can turn it around in one season but those other teams can’t? I absolutely love what they’ve done so far. But the reality is this. The offensive line better come together and play a lot better than what was on the field last season or none of this “hype” will matter. It doesn’t matter who you habe under center. You need to be able to block. And if that run game can’t get going then Tampa will become a 1 dimensional team. Can’t pass block? Well those big WR and ASJ are limited to what they could be as well. I’ll buy into the hype but some of you fail to forget that the offensive line was completely horrible last season and two of those starters aren’t getting any younger.

  4. Andrew 1 Says:

    I’m telling you, you won’t have to worry about Winston being protected from the left side. If Donovan Smith was even an average run blocker, he would have been a high first round pick simply because of his pass protection. He has the ability to not just be a good pass protector, but an elite pass protector.

  5. robert 9 Says:

    it is simply not possible, short of putting the cheerleaders at OL, to be worse than last year.

    Dotson, Marpet, Smith, Mankins and Dotson penciled in as starters unless they get beat in camp. start looking for EDS replacement RIGHT now. He’s got attitude, and not in a good way. If one of the other guys is 80% of EDS, start him-he’ll be better than EDS in 6 games.

  6. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Donovan Smith & Ali Marpet “America’s Second Round Oline Picks”

  7. Dusthty Rhothdes Says:

    Andrew I will respect your comments but if what you are saying is true wouldnt out of the 31 other nfl teams scouting departments maybe say 5 teams see what you are saying? Time will tell, i have no faith in the OL coach so he would have to get some work done through other sources to be that elite LT, time will tell…and the marpet pick makes or breaks licht to ever have a high up position again….licht reminds me of the stuttering jaguars GM on draft day

  8. robert 9 Says:

    woops, only one dotson.

  9. OneLove Says:

    If he earns the right to start, then he earns the right to start!

    “It’s as simple as that” – Lovie Smith

  10. Andrew 1 Says:

    Dusthy Rhothdes

    Teams would want a well rounded LT to justify taking him high in the draft. I’m willing to admit that he’s not, and really needs to work on his run blocking. And yes, ideally you would want a well rounded guy even being your starting LT, but at the very least I think the bucs realized that Smith would be able to protect their huge investment Winston and are hoping that he can improve on his run blocking along the way. But in terms filling the ultimate goal of protecting Winston, he was our best option for where we were picking at in the draft and and even including FA.

  11. Ray Rice Says:

    As I said before… Big Brother Ali is going to be a pillar on the OL for many years.

  12. Love and Warrick Dunn Says:

    “robert 9 Says:
    April 30th, 2015 at 1:54 pm

    we can bring up the consistent degradation of white females by black males for conquest, making up for slavery?

  13. Anthony Says:

    Im just wondering how Joe is going to back pedal out of this if the lineman workout…I mean, I not sure there is a writer who tutes their own horn more than Joe.

  14. BucBoy Says:

    Maybe Marpet learns to be a good run blocker, but the case is his is not at this point. As slow as Jamarcus is, being a better pass blocker is a plus, but does not bode well for the run game. I feel that Lovie feels that he is destined to a 3rd season no matter what this season’s win/loss total. I feel he has zero urgency last season and do not see much more this season.

    When Fox was fired at Denver, I was impressed with Elway for the very first time. Lovie should have that same urgency, but shows no signs of it. so if the Buc’s go 4-12, he feels he has another season. I feel that Team Glazer should state that unless he goes 8-8, then he can pack his bags. I just do not see the win now mentality. Lovie was able to blame Tedford/Arroyo last year, despite a poor showing by his defense.

  15. CreamsicleBananaHammock Says:

    again, I’m going to ask that we start calling him “Moose Knucklin’ Marpet based on those draft day shorts he was sporting….it would instantly become the best nickname on this site

  16. Nole on Sat.-Bucc on Sun. Says:

    And how exactly do you know Marpet is not a good run blocker. Please direct us to this film my friend.

  17. drdneast Says:

    Joe sounds like a panicked little girl who is afraid her pets going to get hit by a car. This man crush on Winston is getting disgusting.

  18. Andrew 1 Says:

    As far as Marpet goes, I’m not going to even pretend to know much about the guy. There’s just virtually no film out there on the guy. I still think that he faces long odds, but I’ll wait see what he can do on the field before I even comment on him.

  19. LakelandBuc Says:

    Everyone is so hard on Coach Warhop, but I believe he actually did a good job last year with the O-Line. If you look back at last season,Carl Nicks decided to retire and left Warhop hanging,Donald Penn was traded,Jeremy Zuttah was traded, Davin Joseph was released. So the Bucs brought in Collins,EDS,Cousins in free agency and they later traded for Mankins,then they brought in two rookies and Garrett Gilkey , then Tedford get sick and misses the season. Warhop was asked to do the impossible, not only to coach up the players,but to get them to play together as a unit and all of them was new except for Demar Dotson and being without an OC made it more difficult. But the worst problem was with the QB’S and the play calling,it seems like every play was design for Vincent Jackson and Mick Evans to get upfield and to get open,it take time for those plays to develop and it put pressure on the O-Line to maintain their man and it led to a lot of holding calls,sacks and pressures. The QB’S rarely threw to the Backs or the TE’S,they rarely threw the quick slants,they would hold the ball and get sacked if the protection broke down,but this year will be different,Jameis won’t hold the ball and wait for his wideouts to get open, he will go to his Back and TE without hesitation or scramble if he have to.And Dirk Koetter will draw up plays to shorten the time for plays to develop.

  20. dusthty rhothdes Says:

    lakeland buc,

    warhop brought that line together through his reccomendations getting collins and others letting zuttah and penn go… so he bought the groceries and made a lousy dinner that has given bucs fans heartburn for a year…. so if this year is the same bye warhop hello rolaids relief

  21. LakelandBuc Says:

    dusthty rhothdes, I didn’t know that it was Warhop call to dismantle the O-Line

  22. R.O. Says:

    Blah blah blah … Verbal diarrhea.. No one knows until September.

  23. RustyRhinos Says:

    Hey lakelandbuc
    “Jameis won’t hold the ball and wait for his wideouts to get open, he will go to his Back and TE without hesitation or scramble if he have to.”
    Watch out you don’t want Mr Winston to be renamed “America’s check down QB” this is what our QB’s last season did and now that is what they are know for on this site. We do not need our new QB doing the same thing or do we?

  24. BuccaneEric Says:

    Nole/Buc, I pray to God that you are right about Marpet. He has a role model in Mankins, so that’s a plus.

  25. bucs4lyfe Says:

    I’m gonna go out on a limb and say becht know just a little more than you. A good 40 time for a lineman does show the ability to move. With the abomination that was our offensive line last year of take jamarcus Russell at guard before anyone that played the position last year

  26. kraymuthaphukinglocz Says:

    quick question joe has mankins invited smith and marpet to the good ol bbq already