Bruce Carter: Jameis, Smith Clashed

August 9th, 2015

Seems Bucs C Evan Smith and “America’s Quarterback” were at odds a fair amount of time in OTAs.

Joe always wondered what the hair was up Bucs center Evan Smith’s tailpipe about “America’s Quarterback,” Bucs signal-caller Jameis Winston.

For the longest time, the marginal center acted in public as if Jameis had farted in his dinner plate.

Smith once noted how there are other rookies on the team (never mind Jameis was the No. 1 overall pick and a quarterback, and a guy that can save Smith’s near-future with the team) and the Bucs already had leaders (the same leaders who led the team to a 2-14 record).

Only recently did Smith stop the juvenile tough guy schtick and finally called Jameis by his name, instead of “he,” and actually was complimentary of Jameis last week.

It seems, per linebacker Bruce Carter, there was rancor between both Jameis and Smith that dated back to OTAs. This news came after practice yesterday, when Carter was asked to assess Jameis’ progress in his first handful of months with the Bucs.

“He’s doing good,” Carter said of Jameis. “I remember in OTAs, when I was in, him and the center were getting into it about who is the Mike and stuff like that. Now, I feel like they have their communication down and he is out there calling the Mike, identifying guys, his keys are on point, he’s talking throughout the whole line and guys are responding to him well. I think he has been doing a great job so far.”

Yeah, like Smith is the most fundamentally sound center walking the face of the earth.

Why does Joe get the impression it was Smith who was being the horse’s rear end here and not so much Jameis? Remember how offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter said he wanted Jameis to tell Smith to shut up?

Good thing Smith finally grew up (speaking of rookies) and knocked off the silent treatment he was giving his quarterback. Or perhaps someone on the coaching staff told Smith to drop the Harry High School routine?

Perhaps the angst Smith had towards Jameis was because Smith thought turnover-prone Josh McClown was the second-coming of Roger Staubach?

34 Responses to “Bruce Carter: Jameis, Smith Clashed”

  1. David Says:

    That just goes to show this guy’s mentality….it wouldn’t matter to me if sum 1 was a rookie or 15 yr vet, if they can help us win I’m all in for them. I think he might have bought into some of the crap being said about Winston and it comes across in his attitude. But this is why u should a person a chance to make a first impression on u personally before judging them. Hope he’s grown up.

  2. Buc1987 Says:

    Perhaps Smith just watches too much TMZ…

  3. Tampabaybucfan Says:


  4. CLW JB Says:

    Not only is he a marginal player, he has no clue about the NFL…go ahead and make enemies with the franchise QB in his rookie year…GB let you walk early in your career, did You give AR the same shiznit and get bounced?

    He better get ten times better than last year and needs t o just STFU and play ball

  5. Chris@Apple Roof Cleaning Says:

    We can not afford attitude problems between EDS and our QB.

  6. P'cola Buc Says:

    Yes, McCown has been an NFL quarterback for a long time….but as a journeyman primarily a back up quarterback. There is a reason for that. Let’s not glorify him Evan. Moreover, it is my belief that Evan was recently sat down by Lovie and was told to ship up in regards to Winston or he can roll the ball to another quarterback on another team. If he is going to hamper Winston’s growth in any fashion lets train up Marpet for center…and get another draft pick in 2016. Straighten up and snap right. Let’s get positive!

  7. Buccfan37 Says:

    Just look at the guy, you can see he’s a bit nutty in the head, think’s he’s a bad ass.

  8. BucTrooper Says:

    Here’s all you need to know about EDS…

  9. ChanEpic Says:

    Bucc Trooper – He should have been cut right then and there. ANYONE can loaf around like that we don’t NEED him to do that crap.

  10. rayjay1122 Says:

    It is critical that the QB and Center are able to work well and communicate with one another since they both touch the ball on every offensive snap and both have responsibilities in recognizing defensive alignments and setting up coverage. I do not have any problem at all if they were at odds in the beginning as that actually shows they were both communicating and trying to take leadership responsibilities. Now that they are moving past that, I think they will be better working together. I am not a big EDS fan but since he is the starting Center until a suitable replacement is obtained in the future, I will obviously pull for him to play well. Kudos to Winston for his charisma and leadership abilities in dealing with negativity and opposition from a teammate. Mariota may not have dealt with EDS giving him attitude nearly as well if we would have had the 2nd pick and wound up with him.

  11. LJ'sDaddy Says:

    Nice clip trooper…what a hunk of dung.

  12. Buc1987 Says:

    BucTrooper…you watch that clip and you wonder why LOVIE still has him on the roster. WTH is going on?

    Jameis is going to get killed with this guy.

  13. P'cola Buc Says:

    …..or could much of this be jealousy on EDS’s part. Why was EDS so high on a back up quarterback such as McCown and so negative about Winston? Might his start greater mirror that of Josh McCowan’s career? Can he relate better to him? Winston is prime rib…National Championship, Heisman trophy winner etc. Winston was not only selected in the draft, but number #1 overall. What about EDS? He really had to take his lumps in the league. EDS was overlooked in the 2009 drafted….undrafted. Was picked up given a chance in GB in October, 2009 and released prior to the 2010 season. He was then picked up by the Seahawks September 5th, 2010 but released by them only 1 month later on October 5th, 2010. He was once again signed by GB New Years Eve..but did luck into a quick Championship ring. Could he just relate better to a guy like McCown?

  14. gotbbucs Says:

    @ BucTrooper

    In fairness to EDS, I almost guarantee he was supposed to have help from his right guard on that play.

  15. Buchead407 Says:

    He has that racist vibe and look to me just speculation

  16. Pickgrin Says:

    I thought the whole EDS disliking Jameis thing was just something that Joe was harping on and overblowing based on 1 or 2 comments – sort of like the Mankins BBQ deal or similar. Apparently there was more to it than that based on Carter’s comment. Sounds like its all good now though. Sorry I doubted you Joe.

  17. Trubucfan22 Says:

    It was OTAs and the rookie qb was messing up the o line calls. He corrected him. I dont see this being a big deal. Im glad everyone isnt kissing winstons butt. He needs to be humbled, and other players need to feel comfortable talking to the kid when he is wrong. I hope smith continues to be the one to keep the kid straight. He has enough friends on the team, he needs someone to be tough on him, and push him to be great.

  18. Buc1987 Says:

    Trubucfan22 Says:

    “he needs someone to be tough on him, and push him to be great.”

    You obviously don’t know Jameis at all.

  19. Ray Rice Says:

    We all saw what happens when they let his weak a$$ identify the Mike.

  20. DallasBuc Says:

    So glad incompetent Lovie Smith traded Zuttah away for a half-eaten gas station taquito and instead overpaid for this pillar of mediocrity.

  21. tiny tim Says:

    At trubucfan……please tell us how you know jameis was wrong with the line calls. Were you at otas? Are you on the bucs coaching staff? Or are you one of those people who like making stuff up? Seeing that you were not at otas or a coach, I’m going with likes to make stuff up guy.

  22. brett Says:

    I doubt Evan Smith will be on the roster in 2016. Gilkey or one of the young guys who were in over their heads last year will make some strides and Smith will go. It’s too bad. A veteran Center is supposed to be an asset to a young QB. Aren’t the Bucs paying him to help the quarterback?

  23. Hawaiian Buc Says:

    Jameis should stomp on Smith, just like Suh did.

  24. Buc1987 Says:

    DallasBuc Says:
    August 9th, 2015 at 12:49 pm

    “So glad incompetent Lovie Smith traded Zuttah away for a half-eaten gas station taquito and instead overpaid for this pillar of mediocrity.”

    LMAO….enjoy the season! 🙂

  25. Buc1987 Says:

    gotbbucs Says:
    August 9th, 2015 at 10:23 am

    “@ BucTrooper

    In fairness to EDS”

    This guy will get no fairness with me.

    I don’t know about the rest of you though!

  26. Joe Says:

    Sorry I doubted you Joe.

    No harm, no foul man. Free country.

  27. Couch Fan Says:

    Who cares? This is stupid. Not everybody is going to like each other. Thats ok. You dont have to like each other. And rookies should earn their respect. Not everyone hands out respect like Incompetent Lovie hands out starting jobs.

  28. Mo_Downs Says:

    EDS seems to like to dwell in traditions (Rookies DKS) that only have meaning when the vets have accomplished something.

    Look, I get where he’s coming from (rookie hazing traditions) but I don’t think it’s wise to be the source of distractions when the team needs all their focus on the field.

  29. IdahoBucsfan Says:

    Joe sometimes comes across as a hack who’s only function is to try to drum up drama. Perhaps there are weak-minded fans out there whom this impresses, but for a lot of us, Not so Much! 😉

  30. bigsombrero Says:

    If it were a big deal I doubt Carter would’ve brought it up. That being said, Smith is mentally weak on the football field, the exact opposite of Winston. The center needs to assist, not argue. Smith is easily replaceable if he plays like he did last year. He’ll get the boot well before Jameis. He should keep that in mind.

  31. distraughtfan Says:

    How is it that no one is keeping count of how many Interceptions Winston has thrown? Everyday I read how he keeps throwing multiple picks and bad over throws. I watched NFL network the other day and they said the guy who couldn’t throw accurate and would fail because he was never in a huddle has yet to throw one int. Mariota according to NFL network reporters has been razor sharp and has complete command of the huddle, not to mention hasn’t even mishandled a snap unlike our guy. Looks like we grabbed the wrong QB. Of course the Joes will say something different but I doubt they know more on the subject than the NFL network. So far it’s not evne close who looks better so far. Imagine how bad it’s goona look when Mariota outshines Winston….AGAIN! Just another Buc blunder!

  32. LJS4th Says:

    Winston will be a bust….just saying. Haters call me what you want, but you play like you practice and JW is practicing poorly. The center has to be in control of line calls and helping the offense set, while the bust, JW, does not seem to understand this and wants to be in control. Learn from vets don’t tell them what to do. How many more days until the Titans come and beat the Bucs?

  33. King James Says:

    It will never be his fault. How are the season ticket sales going Joe?

  34. Joe Says:

    Bucs do not release ticket sales details. Bryan Glazer did say sales up “dramatically.”