“Fast-Linebacker Speed”

October 9th, 2015

Jacquies SmithIs Jacquies Smith a damn good defensive end, like he has been since he got a chance to play with the Bucs?

Or is he just a fading wonder who soon will be a Bucs trivia question?

Joe thinks Smith is the real deal, not a star, but an above average football player. And his learning curve has been darn short. The Bucs are Smith’s first legitimate shot in the NFL, after the Bills dumped him in September 2014, and after stops in multiple cities and leagues.

Lovie Smith is fully on the Smith bandwagon, too, and the head coach painted him as a complete player earlier this week. Lovie says Smith is equally good against run and pass, and stressed his raw talent.

“You just look at his ability. He has linebacker speed. No, he has fast linebacker speed,” Lovie said. “He’s a 4.6 [40-yard dash] type guy. Normally you don’t get that at the defensive end position. But he has that type of ability where he looks comfortable, you know, in space. And when you get a guy like that coming off an edge, and you can get him matched up against an offensive tackle with less ability, you have something.”

Jacquies Smith has been shutout from sacks the past two Sundays, but with four sacks, he still is just a half-sack off the league lead.

Lovie noted that without being asked, and he said Jacquies Smith “has a chance” to be the Bucs’ first double-digit sack man since Simeon Rice.

Smith has 10.5 sacks in his last 13 games.

On Sunday against Jacksonville, Smith might face his toughest matchup of 2015, Jags right tackle Jermey Parnell, a big bucks free agent who played for Dallas last year.

15 Responses to ““Fast-Linebacker Speed””

  1. j dubb Says:

    Real deal…he had newton in his sights a couple times but newton was able to scramble out of it

  2. Jeff Says:

    I think the sample size is too small to really tell if Smith is the real deal or not. Remember, Freeman had a 13 game stretch where he looked pretty good, too. Hopefully Smith smokes less weed than Freeman.

  3. Lord Cornelius Says:

    “Or is he just a fading wonder who soon will be Bucs trivia question?”

    Lol I duno we might as well ask that about every player who has ever done well if we want to panic about everything possible. Crikey man

    I feel like if the Bucs start winning a lot the ratings on JBF would drop since this site has been a home of fans that enjoy worrying and complaining about everything the last couple years lol. Understood with the losing but so much of it is over the top.

    Scott Reynols wrote an article talking about how Lovie should be fired if they lose this game. This guy is like a company man and even he has the panic-loser mentality that most fans have now. Sad days

  4. Buccfan37 Says:

    The opponents know full well his recent success, that’s why he is sackless in the last two games. Lovie likes to talk about what is going right, the rest is getting better.

  5. Buccfan37 Says:

    Believe me there is no panic when it comes to the Bucs product on the field. You don’t panic when you are seeing history repeat itself, you just become numb to the losing.

  6. Lord Cornelius Says:

    “Believe me there is no panic when it comes to the Bucs product on the field.”

    Dude there is total panic when 1/2 the fan base calls for the coaches head after a loss 4 games into the season that had nothing to do with coaching.. (i.e. 5 turnovers by Winston).

    In the last 3 games the defense has only given up 4 total drives for points that weren’t off turnovers (2 TDs / 2 FGs). But yeah firing Lovie will fix everything..

  7. Bucs or gtfo Says:

    @Jeff whoever said anything about Freeman smoking weed?

  8. Tampa Tony Says:

    Every game the Bucs have had under loser Lovie, they’ve committed at least one turnover. That’s a trend. Dude has gotta fix something by week 17 or count his millions on the beach or basement

  9. 813bucboi Says:

    I hope he can get 10sacks but it will mean nothing if we don’t have a winning record..GO BUCS!!!

  10. Fsuking Says:

    Oh Josh Freeman smoked weed. He did hard drugs and drank too much. These are just things he does, if you wanna question it, just ask him

  11. Charlie V Says:

    Its reassuring to know that the Buc’s are preparing diligently to end this home losing streak they are on. Great team leadership and hard nosed coaching. Not …. smh

    Greg Auman
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  12. DB55 Says:

    So I hear the Chicago Cubs are in the thick of the pennant race. Good thing coaching has nothing to do with players performance on the field. Just saying…

  13. bucsbedabest Says:

    Sometimes when I wonder what is wrong with the defense? What changed? Go back to last year. Mason Foster, Mark Barron, Dashon Goldson, Adrian Clayborn, Da”Quan Bowers, Akeem Spence and Michael Johnson (who by the way is better than no-show George Johnson), who has 13 QB pressures so far for Cincinnati when he only had 3 this same time last year for the Bucs. What is it with players who are great before they come here, stink when they are here, then go back to there former self when they return? I would still take Barron and Goldson over the Safeties we have now. Scheme bleeme! Foster over Kwon all day long. Clayborn over Johnson and I miss Bowers and Spence? Anyone see the game Josh McCown had? 32 of 41, 78%, 2 TD, 0 INT. C’mon Gods of bad teams, this is B$%& S%&*..

  14. StPeteBucsFan Says:


    Thanks for bringing some perspective to our playground. Lovie finds himself in a perfect storm…outta time…with a rookie QB who is going to clearly require time!

    If the Bucs play well tomorrow and Fameis gives the fans just a glimmer into the future the next two weeks will go very well. If we lose tomorrow the next two weeks are going to be very, very, very loud.

  15. Johnny Dejay Says:

    SPBF, Lovie and Licht drafted Winston because he was an NFL Ready prospect. They knew they didn’t have time to develop a QB, and that’s one reason why they passed on Mariota.

    The funny thing is, had the Bucs drafted either Winston or Mariota and committed to having them learn from the sidelines this year while Glennon took the field, it’s likely the Bucs would have won at least 2 maybe 3 games at this point, and Lovie’s seat would be nice and cool.

    Quick Fixes are very rare in the NFL. Teams have to draft good players and give them time to develop. Another year under Glennon would have taken the pressure off of Lovie, raised Glennon’s trade value this offseason, and given the Rookie QB time to develop.

    I wonder if the ownership is pressuring Lovie to play Winston right away? Sacrificing the future for a quick dollar seems like a very Glazerly thing to do.