Donovan Smith Vs. Greg Hardy

November 15th, 2015
Hands full today.

Hands full today.

If you want a key to today’s game, it is pretty simple: Keep Greg Hardy off America’s Quarterback, Bucs signal-caller Jameis Winston. And that responsibility lies with rookie left tackle Donovan Smith.

Smith is getting mixed reviews. No, he’s not a seasoned vet. No, he’s not going to the Pro Bowl. But Joe thinks he is doing just fine. Remember, he is a rookie. He’s learning. He’s just now halfway through his first season.

Only the crazies folks with the attention span of a common house fly expect Smith to be veteran-ready right now.

Smith admitted to Joe earlier this week Hardy is one helluva challenge, but blocking him is really not a whole lot different than other top defensive linemen.

“He is one that closes to the quarterback fast,” Smith said. “You have to use your hands and your technique to block him.”

Smith admitted he’s getting better as a pro, but that just comes as a result of working on fundamentals and experience. Smith also noted his primary goal hasn’t changed from the first day of training camp, when it comes to pass blocking.

“Being able to get [Jameis] time to sit through his progressions and do what he has to do,” Smith said.

7 Responses to “Donovan Smith Vs. Greg Hardy”

  1. holymoly13 Says:

    Be nice if he breaks hardy’s leg.

  2. Kalind Says:

    Just rag doll the guy. Donovan is huge (Trump/Fallon ‘huge’), just grab him and toss him down.

  3. Newbucsfan2 Says:

    Keep that monster off jameis…pleease!!!

  4. James Walker Says:

    After seeing the pics of Hardy’s ex, it’s hard not to want to see the bucs violently late hit the guy. Let’s put it this way, I wouldn’t care about the 15 yards.

  5. StPeteBucsFan Says:

    I hope everybody gets a chance to read Tom Jones this morning!!!

    Many of you are Christians and will attend church today. Many of you view me as the blog liberal. And I’m trying to become more enlightened, I want to do the right thing and support people who do the right thing morally. But as you Christians have heard…the spirit is willing but the flesh is weak and so I apologize to any of you I offend with my violent wish for today..

    I hope Greg Hardy has a catostrophic knee injury today. I hope he blows out his MCL, ACL and shreds his meniscus. I hope P O S Jerry Jones gets to see his investment and his team’s future this year go right down the drain watching Hardy lie on the ground screaming in pain.

    Why would I wish such horrible things? Read Tom Jones article this morning to get a clue.

    As for me I grew up in a home with an abusive father. I can still clearly recall one incident out of the dozens that impacted my life dramatically.

    I was about 8 at the time and my father came home in his drunken fashion and when my mother who sadly was feisty and wouldn’t back down to anybody set him off. He took her head between his hands…he was 10 inches taller and 100 lbs heavier…and began pounding it against the hall wall. My sister ran screaming to her room, I ran and hid under the bed hearing that awful almost hollow sound you hear when somebody’s skull is bouncing off the wall.

    For the next 3-4 decades of my life I faced the belief that I was a coward for not rescuing my mother or even attempting but instead hiding under a bed cowering in fear and protecting myself not my mother.

    I tried to live down my cowardly self image by volunteering for a war zone to prove my courage…I jumped out of planes…rode a bull (or tried lol)..raced cars…anything that made me feel like I wasn’t really a coward. I had a hot temper and got into too many fights. But none of that really made me a man or proved my courage.

    I did the research and found out that generally speaking boys raised in abusive women beating homes go one of two ways. They either mimic learned behavior and abuse as well…or they become so disturbed the react violently against woman beaters. Luckily I ended up in the latter group. I say luckily although I’ve almost gotten my butt kicked on a couple of occasions for intervening in a public situation. I may yet get killed here in Florida if I stop a guy from hitting a woman and he simply “stands his ground” and draws down on me. I do not pack or carry although I certainly have a shotgun in my home for protection.

    Read Tom Jones! Visit CASA.

    Greg Hardy is NOT Ray Rice. I do not condone what Rice did but I believe alcohool was involved and that Rice at least has tried to learn and grow.
    Hardy has not only not learned he doesn’t even care.

    Hardy should be suspended for life. It’s not just the horrible incident that he paid his way out of but also his continuing behavior. He is not civilized enough to be in our society much less earning millions and getting rewarded.

    BTW I did not post this for any kind of sympathy. I consider myself one of the luckiest people on this blog. Life has more than made up for my horrible start with a wonderful finish and that’s what counts now isn’t it.

    I just want all of you to realize that abusing women has far reaching effects on more than just the battered wife/GF.

  6. Bucnut2 Says:

    wow St. Pete- great post. My heart goes out to you.

  7. StPeteBucsFan Says:

    Thanks Bucnut. Again though while appreciate anybody’s best wishes the horrible start ended very well for me. I consider myself blessed.

    And my situation is nothing compared to others. Read about the poor Clearwater girl in Tom Jone’s piece. Just gut wrenching.

    Just wanted to put a face on beating women and the effects.