“He Has Some Technique Issues”

September 17th, 2015
Is left tackle Donovan Smith getting coached up?

Is left tackle Donovan Smith getting coached up?

A former Buccaneer not named Ian Beckles served up tough talk about the technique of the No. 34 overall pick in the 2015 NFL Draft: Bucs left tackle Donovan Smith.

Former Bucs, Jets, Chiefs and Rams tight end Anthony Becht, who works for Buccaneers.com, weighed in with Ron and Ian on WDAE-AM 620 yesterday.

“He carries his hands very low for a tackle,” Becht said of Smith. “And to me, when you’re a first year guy, and you’re going against the best, you better get your hands in position to punch somebody and be prepared for those quick moves of the defensive end.

“Again, these are habits that were there on tape in college that he has to continue to work on and break.

“In order to get that done, it takes a lot of work. Sometimes it takes really a full season to go by and really get yourself adjusted, and get yourself better as a player. There’s no question, though, being a rookie at the left tackle position in Smith, he has some technique issues he needs to clean up.

“I’m sure they’re being addressed. The problem is, when the bullets are flying in the game, he might show good technique in practice, but when he gets out on the field, sometimes you reverberate back to what you do and what you’ve done before.

“And that’s a problem when you’re talking about rookie players.”

Joe can hear the George Warhop bashers lining up to verbally club the Bucs’ offensive line coach.

Relax. Let’s see what Sunday brings for Smith. It’s scary to think now there’s 60 minutes of film on him for a defense to dissect, but the rookie also has a that same film from which to improve.

10 Responses to ““He Has Some Technique Issues””

  1. NewTampaChris Says:

    I often reverberate when I’m under pressure.

  2. StPeteBucsFan Says:

    It’s scary to think now there’s 60 minutes of film on him for a defense to dissect, but the rookie also has a that same film from which to improve.

    And in addition perhaps Smith will catch the Saints off guard(pun intended) if he does make the changes. They may have scouted him one way expecting to feast and perhaps he can surprise them.

  3. BucFan20 Says:

    It’s always nice to listen to people that when they came out of college were perfect and had no issues to address. After all, that seems to be what all our former greats love to do. But then again they were not perfect when they were here.

  4. Stevek Says:

    Our captain on the OLine, how did he grade out?

    TheBucRealist thinks he won’t be in the league next year. And for that salary, I agree.

    Another complete meltdown on Sunday, and the Glazers better drop the ax. No bull crap, it stops here. One more pounding, and you are gone, Lovie!

  5. Dave Says:

    BucFan20. No one said Becht was perfect. He sure as hell didn’t. It’s called being an analyst. He is simply offering his opinion on what he observed.

  6. Dusthty Rhothdes Says:

    Im sure warflop is addressing it…..the lovie 2 is back baby

  7. Another J Says:

    I’m just here to bash Warhop!
    The offensive line sucked last preseason, This preason, and It sucks so far this season.
    There has to be a common denominator, Other line coaches have done more with less…

  8. vegabuc Says:

    Mr Smith has some upside, but he wasn’t second round worthy. That said, Jason and Mr Lova Lova better get their stuff together, because pretty soon we may see new coaches and new GM. I mean…..Damn Again?

  9. Tbbucs3 Says:

    Dont know how we will block Clowney, Wilfork and JJ Watt week 3.

  10. mike10 Says:

    I would love if he was developing behind a vet LT.. I hate our gameplan of developing talent and this roster. No surprise we’re cellar dwelling