“I Want To See Him Tell Evan Smith To Shut Up”

August 3rd, 2015
Seems Bucs OC Dirk Koetter is irritated with C Evan Smith, too.

Seems offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter is irritated by Evan Smith, too.

It seems like the lone Buccaneer who refuses to call “America’s Quarterback,” Jameis Winston, by his first name must be awfully mouthy in the huddle.

That’s the impression Joe has from the words of Bucs offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter.

Koetter was asked about Jameis preparing to be a starter and progressing in training camp, and Koetter responded that among the things he wants to see from Jameis, “I want to see him tell Evan Smith to shut up.”

It was part of Koetter saying he wants Jameis to take command of the offense.

Joe finds it curious that Smith is loud in the huddle, can call the rest of his teammates by their first name, but the guy who just might save Smith’s job and who Team Glazer is paying millions to save the franchise, Smith can’t lower himself to call him by his first name.

And for weeks we’ve known Smith doesn’t respect rookies.

As part of his excellent Bucs coverage last night on 10 Sports Sunday, WTSP-TV Channel 10 sports anchor Chris Fischer shared video on Kenny Bell, Derrick Brooks, Mike Alstott, Hooters Calendar girls (!), Bucs co-chairman Bryan Glazer and, of course, Koetter.

Feel free to watch Fischer’s video below with Koetter’s excellent quote, courtesy of WTSP-TV Channel 10.

37 Responses to ““I Want To See Him Tell Evan Smith To Shut Up””

  1. Arealbucsfan Says:

    Id love to see that. EDS was horrid last year. Maybe Jameis should jud call him “the current center”

  2. JerseyBucsFan Says:

    Seems Koetter is irritated with him….

  3. JB Says:

    Evan Smith sounds like he needs to grow up.

  4. BuccaneEric75 Says:

    Would any of us really have a problem with Winston if he went all “Dez Bryant” on Evan Smith?

  5. Kalind Says:

    Real buc. Perfect!

  6. The Other Side of the Coin Says:

    I think it is good for Winston to have a nay-sayer. Just someone to keep him grounded amongst all the adoration. Smith will come around in time – or he will be sent packing.

  7. BucTrooper Says:

    I have a great video of EDS giving up on a block and letting the RB get blown up behind the line. If I was Jameis I would just keep bringing up the OL poor play last year. “I should be quiet..after all you helped get the Bucs to 30th in rushing. I should know my place.”

  8. Clodhopper Says:


    I remember that play. It was the last straw for me with EDS. IIRC it was Charles Sims fighting for his life and EDS just stopped and turned around and didnt even have the decency to watch the damn play. He even had jerk look on his face. It was textbook loafing!

  9. Buccfan37 Says:

    He looks like a jerk in the picture too.

  10. thunderchunkyPA Says:

    We all know he will NOT be back next year, this attitude towards Jameis is a joke. I wonder if Rodgers treated him like this? My question is what the HELL has he ever done? It’s not like this is Jeff Saturday who was a multi time pro bowler and has a ring. If I were GMC, or VJAX, I would tell Mr. Smith to shut his pie hole, or hit the road. It says a TON that Dirk is already ticked by this dude who played like crap all of last year.

  11. Tom Edrington Says:

    I’d like to see Smith botching snaps for another team.

  12. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    This says a lot about Koetter…..I love that he calls players out….we need a real leader as OC….and I think we finally have one…..

  13. Dick2111 Says:

    Joe, you kinda left out a couple things about Dirk Koetter’s comments about Evan Smith.

    For one, he laughed when he said that Jameis needs to tell Evan Smith to shut up. Obviously he was being a facetious.

    For another, he added that Evan Smith is ‘a great leader in there’ (said the same about Logan Mankins by the way).

    I get that you don’t like Smith but you’re overdoing it. Jameis can take care of himself for one thing. And since the center calls the protections for the OLine, I would expect Smith to be loud. Also he might be just following orders from the OC to get Jameis to step up his command of the huddle even more. We simply don’t know what really goes on behind the scenes.

    It’d be nice if we all let the coaches coach, and let this thing play out. We’ll know soon enough how well the OLine is coming together, and who’s best at each position.

  14. Pickgrin Says:

    I think we all wish that EDS would just shut up and play. He talks like he’s a pro bowler but played like a rookie last year. Lets hope that Arroyo was the main problem in 2014 and that Smith, Mankins and Dotson will all be much better players this year – because they were ALL bad linemen last year.

  15. D-Rome Says:

    I’m OK with EDS’s being difficult with rookies. After all, Jameis hasn’t actually accomplished anything in his NFL career.

  16. tmaxcon Says:

    EDS was part of the line that got Rogers killed the year they gave up record sacks per game and Rogers was knocked out with collarbone fracture. I’d love to see him rolling the ball for another team by week 1. Jameis can let EDS kiss his superbowl ring in few years when Jameis is buying a life insurance policy from him.

  17. pick6 Says:

    i think it was just an offhand example, as in taking charge of the huddle and your line and not shrinking around veterans. evans, signed about 16 months ago is the second-longest tenured buc on the starting OL, dotson doesn’t seem like the type to chatter in the huddle, and you just don’t tell logan mankins to shut up. so, that leaves smith or winston’s fellow rookies

  18. You Go Joe Says:

    Maybe we got a cancer in the locker room…..

  19. JP Says:

    I don’t think Koetter is irritated as much as he just wants to see Jameis command the respect of the vets. I love that Evan isn’t making it easy for him. What it looks like to me is that Smith is holding Winston to a high standard and until he proves himself Smith will likely continue to be hard on him. Smith did come from an elite organization so he knows what higher standards look like, unlike a lot of our Buccaneers in the recent past. I think if anything this excites Koetter. This type of relationship and situation will provide Koetter with a great platform for teaching moments.

  20. Waterboy Says:

    I didn’t realize until recently that EDS and Mariota both have the same contract agency representing them. I’m starting to wonder if maybe he was pulling for the team to draft Mariota and carrying a slight grudge.

  21. drdneast Says:

    Sorry Joe , but maybe Smith doesn’t want to kiss his ass like the rest of his sycophants. Your included.
    Maybe Smith is testing his mettle in much the same manner Warren Sapp used to do.
    Sapp used to ride guys until they challenged him to a fight or came back with twice the trash.
    The NFL is no place for shrinking violets and I can assure you the opposition isn’t going to show any respect to Winston until he earns it.

  22. drdneast Says:

    Great post JP. Well said.
    The complete opposite of Waterboro thoughts.

  23. Joe Says:

    The NFL is no place for shrinking violets and I can assure you the opposition isn’t going to show any respect to Winston until he earns it.

    If you think Winston is a shrinking violet, you’ve never watched him play much less practice.

  24. Mike10 Says:

    Smith played in front of Aaron Rodgers, I’m going to trust that he knows what he’s doing w Winston. Maybe his final “test” is for Winston to shut him up.

  25. LargoBuc Says:

    Cool. Then Winston should have no trouble commandind the huddle on gameday. I want Winston to be the best quarterbqck in the league for the next 15 years. But he’s gotta prove it.
    However, ES is in no posistion to be all high and might. He’s lucky he still has a job. The guy sucked last year. He got beat so often last year. Not to mention the bad snap IN A DOME no less. Then this year he shows up all fat and out of shape. Looks like he’s expecting twins before opening day. And he wants to act all superior to Jameis and act like a tough guy in front of the media. The guy that got curb stomped by Suh. We dont hear about it, but im sure Suh did that to him just because, right?
    Jameis needs to be held accountable, but ES is hardly the guy to give his two cents.

  26. Buc1987 Says:

    JP….some fans above made a very good point about Evan Smith. Yours is not one of them.

    If Evan Smith was actually an okay O-lineman then he act the way he does and it would be fine. Unfortunately he’s far from being even an okay lineman. He actually sucks the big one. So I don’t see how any rookie QB would respect this low rated clown. Nor should they.

    Apparently you and drdneast think he’s a stud though…

  27. The original "Kevin" Says:

    Just get rid of this clown already….hes got an attitude and im sure hes camp mear at this point. Is it really gonna hurt the team to lose him.

    Just keep him until as late as possible than throw him out.

  28. The original "Kevin" Says:

    Sapp had room to talk trash….he backed it up. Evan doesnt. And can you imagine the national attention it would get if winston stepped up got rowdy with smith. Hed be criticized and be in every news paper. Evan smith however nibidy knows who he is because he sucks.

  29. ocalbuc Says:

    Jameis’s center his heisman season, started for the Patriots and won a Superbowl last year. if anything ES needs to get his crap together.

  30. SOFIERCE Says:

    I need EDS to do the following two things:

    Shut his cock-holster
    Start playing at a high level

    He is already on our OC radar; watch out.

  31. tmaxcon Says:


    EDS was part of the line that was responsible for Rogers missing games with a collarbone fracture and setting single game sack records…. There is a reason GB got rid of him. Just another horrible Lovie Smith personnel move.


    Some sports fans crack me up ! Some act like 8 year olds. “My daddy is a policeman”, “Oh yea, my daddy is a fireman”,…” Well my daddy can beat up your daddy”. Thank goodness the season is so close so we can find out who has the best daddy. LOL GO BUCS !!!!!!!

  33. bucsbedabest Says:

    Dick2111 – For one, he laughed when he said that Jameis needs to tell Evan Smith to shut up. Obviously he was being a facetious. Excellent point!

    Mike10 – EDS was part of the line that was responsible for Rogers missing games with a collarbone fracture and setting single game sack records…

    The reason Green Bay got rid of Evan Smith was because they were so happy with JC Tretter, until of course he went down. Josh Sitton was injured in Week 12 of the 2011 season against Detroit. Evan Smith entered the lineup at right guard and became a household name. In his first significant game, when he was stomped on by Ndamukong Suh. ES got the start over Jeff Saturday at the end of the 2012 season and going into the playoffs. In 2013 he was ranked as Pro Football Focus‘ No. 1 center in the league in pass blocking. “Moreover, Evan Smith keeps quarterbacks off the ground”. From Bleacher Report. He had nine games in 2013 which he did not allow a single sack. His four sacks allowed are a small fraction of the 32 allowed on the season. In 2014 Evan Smith was ranked 12th by PFF in pass blocking efficiency and 13th overall for run and pass blocking. That means he is an above average center. ES also gave up the fewest number of sacks last year with just two. ES is a very good run blocker and scored a +7.2 score in run blocking by PFF.

    The other comment about ALL the Buccaneer lineman being BAD last year? Demar Dotson was ranked tied for 3rd overall for RT by PFF. Logan Mankins was ranked 21st overall by PFF and is a great run blocker as well. My point is Mankins and Smith played above average last year and Dotson played at a top level. Our core three OL are very good and they just need the two rookies to show up and the OL will be fine

  34. Trubucfan22 Says:

    As long as eds respects winston deep down, i dont mind the tough love. The rookie is still just that. He needs someone to knock him off that pedestal every once in a while. Eventually when winston wins games and proves to be the leader eds will show him more respect. But for now, the rookie needs a little tough love to go with all the ass kissing he’s been getting.

  35. Brett Says:

    I can’t believe that the Bucs thought Evan Smith was an upgrade over Zuttah. Predicting and hoping this is last year. Best case scenario is that Gilkey or one of last year’s rookies develop at G and Marpet takes over at C to anchor the line. I couldn’t believe what I heard when NFL Network played that same quote.

  36. Capt.Tim Says:

    Not gonna judge anyone by last yesr, as it was a ” lose for Jameis” mission- and with no O.C., its amazing they could manage to line up correctly.
    Still unreal that they played a season basically blind, without an O.C.

    Smith showed real talent in Green bay. More importantly to the Bucs- He is a leader. And a hard Ass. All of which the Bucs need. I think this year- Smith and Mankins are gonna beat the line into a cohesive unit. Thats what I believe.
    If im wrong, and he plays Badly- we have a couple gus that may take his job.

    Some of you are worried about Smith intimadating Jameis.
    Really? Have you ever watched this Kid? Lol

    Smith will be calling him”Mr.Winston,Sir” by the Time this season is over.
    A Mouthy Center is a good thing. As long as he backs it up

  37. BuccaneEric75 Says:

    I think at some point, I think very early in the season, Winston is going to have one of those crazy scrambles he had at FSU where he runs 20 yards and dives over people into the end zone head first as he’s being completely blown up. From that moment on, his teammates WILL recognize.