It’s Film, Not Filet Mignon

June 19th, 2015


How could Joe chat with Bucs rookie left tackle Donovan Smith the other day and not ask whether barbecue-yearning Logan Mankins, the crowned leader of the offensive line, was coordinating off-hours bonding sessions.

Barbecue challenges landed in the blame game last year, and about five weeks ago, the Bucs’ O-line turned to shooting guns as a method of uniting.

Smith said things have been quiet on the fun front since then. He said film, film and more film is where the group is bonding.

Smith credits Mankins for giving him a detailed approach to practice. Picking something to get better on every session is a Mankins order, and Smith said he’s bought in. On Wednesday, “feet” were the focus for the No. 34 overall pick out of Penn State.

Joe will have more from Smith in the coming days.

As for the elusive barbecue, Joe suspects Mankins, given the importance he places on grilling, is waiting for just the right time — and just the right organic, tender, grass-fed steer to arrive from Colorado.

18 Responses to “It’s Film, Not Filet Mignon”

  1. SOEbuc Says:

    I am really glad Mankins is becoming the leader on this line. With his experience and SB rings to back it up, he’s just what the doctor ordered. I just hope he’s not getting his meat from Wal Mart where its filled with LSD

  2. Ed Says:

    Perhaps you had an lsd laced ribeye because you are hallucinating that mankins has a SB ring.

  3. Tom S. Says:

    LOL way to bring up a sore subject for him. 9 years in New England, no superbowl championships. I bet a lot of people assume he has one though. The won 3 straight years before him and the year they traded him.

  4. SOEbuc Says:

    I thought he had at least one with the Pats? OH MAN, I CAN TOTALLY SEE MY VOICE

  5. SOEbuc Says:

    Still glad to have him leading. He spent a lot of time with people with super bowl rings. I once knew a guy that knew a guy who’s sister knew a guy that went to the super bowl one year, and look at me, Im kick ass

  6. Ray Rice Says:

    THE MESSIAH will get him one. You just wait and see. No LSD. Just an all natural high. LOL

  7. Dewey Selmon Says:

    Smith looks huge compared to Mankins

  8. Rob S Says:

    Joe, you really have to stop with the barbeque BS on Mankins. It’s bush league mentality and beneath you guys. New England media wouldn’t harp on a comment like Mankins made last year. Let’s focus on football and stop with the schtick!!!

  9. Capt.Tim Says:

    Smith is one big dude. That was the early line on him- feet and hands of a tackle, build of a guard!
    I think that can only be a good thing.
    Our season is in his hands- glad to see that are Man sized plus!

  10. Buc4life1979 Says:

    Mankin’s leadership qualities and the standard he sets for himself and holds those around him to, are the exact reason why my Pat’s buddy told me last year I should be stoked about his presence coming to the Bucs last season…Given the circumstances of his arrival LATE last pre-seasons, I guess those expectations were unfair. Nice to know I was wrong in how well my bud knows his team….Just hope Mankins has strong enuff character and shoulders to help carry the rest of the o-line with him by example this season, along with keeping #3 upright and healthy.

  11. ColoradoBuc Says:

    As for the elusive barbecue, Joe suspects Mankins, given the importance he places on grilling, is waiting for just the right time — and just the right organic, tender, grass-fed steer to arrive from Colorado.

    Our steers don’t feed on grass – they smoke it!

  12. SOEbuc Says:


    Those must be some super cool cows

  13. ColoradoBuc Says:

    Yes, they have smoooooth mooooves!

  14. WS99 Says:

    Is it me or does mankins look like ogre from revenge of the nerds? Neeeeereereerds

  15. Señor Mofo Says:

    America’s QB, messiah, and savior Jameis Winston lost his Bible a few weeks ago.

    Then, on his way to a Mankins barbecue, he met an ill-fated cow destined for the same barbecue. In the cow’s mouth was Jameis’ Bible.

    “Praise be!” Shouted Jameis with his eyes and hands raised joyously heavenward. “I just thought I was blessed to be playing this great game of football. But this is truly a miracle!”

    “Maybe not so much,” said the cow. “You’re name is written inside the cover.”

  16. Owlykat Says:

    With the contribution Logan is making I would love for him to finally get his Super Bowl Ring with the Bucs before he retires! If he can bring the whole OL to his Pro Bowl standards it won’t take that long to get there because we have now the players we need everywhere else matched with the Coaches we need with the exception of Warflop, which is why having a player/coach/leader like Mankins is critical to success.

  17. bucsbedabest Says:

    I see the future and the future is now. Fire George Warhop and his assistant, give their salary to Mankins and make him the new OL coach for years to come? Sign Evan Mathis and away we go.

  18. Please Says:

    The BBQ gags never fail to make me laugh.