Blind Side Burial

August 17th, 2015
Bucs rookie left tackle Donovan Smith

Bucs rookie left tackle Donovan Smith

Joe was so shaken by the following that it took Joe 36 hours to address it directly.

Lovie Smith called it a “baptism” yesterday. Joe calls it a money maker for full-liquor establishments across the Tampa Bay area.

Here’s the chilling video of Vikings sackmaster Everson Griffen beating rookie left tackle Donovan Smith cleanly with a ferocious spin move on Saturday. It’s chilling because of the direct shot taken by Jameis Winston, America’s Quarterback. Joe’s not sure who was faster, Griffen incoming or Charles Sims outgoing in his route from the backfield.

Yes, Lovie Smith showed little concern at his news conference yesterday. And Donovan Smith recovered to have a reasonable showing as the Bucs’ second-team left tackle.

Joe can’t overreact, either, but it is unsettling. Smith has taken his lumps in training camp, too.

The key is the response and the growth. Hopefully, that can happen before Jameis gets injured. Joe would hate to see the Bucs pigeonholed into max-protection sets and short drops. But those are just fine, of course, if you move the chains.

28 Responses to “Blind Side Burial”

  1. The Buc Realist Says:

    That video is scary!!! I did like the body-slam by Garrett Gilkey. LOL not legal, but a great tackle non the less!!!

    Also, Joe, Where are the defense articles?????

  2. Chris@Apple Roof Cleaning Says:

    This IS the NFL, and even talented athletes like Marpet and Smith must learn how to stup up their game. This is what preseason is for. I can remember Orlando Pace getting beaten before, as well as Anthony Munoz, when they were rookies.

  3. scott fitzgerald Says:

    He wasnt that bad. Griffen is one of the best DEs in the game(statwise from last year) he held his own except for that spin move. Winston didnt take too hard of a shot on that one compared to the botched snaps

  4. Meh Says:

    It was his first NFL play. He was fine after that for what, 25 snaps or something? Just relax. He just got hazed, and I promise you he won’t forget it. That’s a good thing.

  5. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Let’s not judge a player on one play…..give it some time…..I’m sure it was a wakeup call for D. Smith……

  6. StPeteBucsFan Says:

    What Meh just said!

  7. BucFan20 Says:

    Wake up call for Winston. Welcome to the Bucs. You will get pounded here. See Freeman,Garcia,Glennon,McClown and just about any QB that has played for this team.

  8. Cannon Says:

    That was a “welcome to the NFL!” moment for Donovan Smith. He’ll learn from it, and get better.

  9. Joe Cool Says:

    Oh God, enough of this, “Welcome to the NFL” rhetoric…

  10. Danati74 Says:

    That was the dancing panda stuck on pause.

  11. drdneast Says:

    Gee whiz Joe, dont act so hysterical everytime Winston gets hit.

  12. Tampa Tony Says:

    And the ongoing struggle for Lovie to build a decent offensive line continues…

  13. Hawaiian Buc Says:

    I don’t even think Smith realized where Griffin was until he saw him on top of Jameis. That’s as big of a “welcome to the NFL” moment as possible. Hopefully he gets better, because that was very scary.

  14. LutzBuczFan Says:

    I was hoping to see a much improved special teams. What an awful performance.

  15. 813bucboi Says:

    d.smith will be a good one for us..after e.griffin schooled him, he settled down nicely and made some great run and pass pro blocks..GO BUCS!!!

  16. gotbbucs Says:

    He’ll make a good left guard someday.

  17. Brent Says:

    This was a huge problem last year? No empathy for mcnown or mg. they just sucked??

  18. Idontwannahearitanaymore Says:

    Holy Christmas! It was his first play. It was obvious that he adjusted to the speed of the game and will be ready from the start the next time (I hope).

  19. ak427er Says:

    On hard knocks JJ Watt beats a rookie from Washington (Brandon Scherff) badly at practice. Everyone is hooting and hollering about it and Watt just says “He’s a rookie, it doesn’t count”. Scherff btw was supposed to be the most pro ready o-lineman in this class. So the rookie has to play and have things like this happen to get better. exactly what preseason is good for.

  20. Rrsrq Says:

    who made more last year, Griffin or Ghost, looks like Vikes got bang-bang for their bucks

  21. Capt.Tim Says:

    The very best tackles in the league get beat sometimes
    Sometimes- badly
    Jameis is gonna get hit. All QBs do.
    Compared to the slamming Peyton Manning took – our Line is made up of Thunder Gods!!!!

    It went as well as a first game will.
    And it will get.

    Idiots, Clueless, and trolls. Please shut up until next season


    Maybe, just maybe that was the 1st time he has had to go up against a PRO DE that has a spin move. He has been practicing against our DE’s. I keep hearing about their fast “get off”, but can they do anything else !!!!!!!

  23. Fsuking Says:

    Smith has had a brutal training camp. It makes me wonder if every analyst ever was right when they said he couldn’t play left tackle. Too slow, too soft. They had a point!

  24. vegabuc Says:

    This guy will get Jameis killed this year if he starts. Can you imagine him going against JJ Watt in week three? It squeezes my brain just to think about it.

  25. Capt.Tim Says:

    Exactly. These young guys get beat- until they figure out how not to get beat.

    All these clueless Zombies forget there first day at a “real Job”
    The career maker.

    Bet they had a lot to learn, and took time to figure it out . . .

    Nah- these guys never felt that pressure. Mcdonalds provided a stress free environment

  26. BuccaneerBonzai Says:

    I can’t believe anyone expects this offensive line to gel before game six. They need time just like our QB does. That’s why I think Jameis should get limited time in the preseason.

  27. LandoCommando Says:

    I seem to remember Mike Evans fumbling at the one (or something to that effect) in his first preseason game… and we all know how that turned out. Rookies will make their mistakes..

  28. The Rockstar Says:

    Last I checked, this is still a team game. Sims missed the chip block. Smith allowed the defender to the inside where Sims had an opportunity \ to help. The rookie did fine. The second year back was overanxious in running his route and missed his blocking assignment which was to chip the defender, if necessary, on his way into his route. This team hasn’t had a running back who understood blocking schemes, audibles and protected a quarterback since Cadillac Williams.