Three Flinches, No Sacks

November 16th, 2015
Bucs rookie left tackle Donovan Smith

Bucs rookie LT Donovan Smith

Where was Cowboys demon seed Greg Hardy yesterday? Lots of people thought he would mop the Tampa turf with rookie left tackle Donovan Smith.

Smith, the second-rounder out of Penn State, was whistled for three false starts against the Cowboys. Yeah, that’s probably at least the equivalent of one sack allowed on a data nerd’s computer somewhere, but in reality, Smith stood tall against Hardy the Pro Bowler and woman abuser.

That’s a strong showing for Smith. False starts can be cleaned up, even an unthinkable number like that in front of a friendly home crowd.

Per BSPN stats, Hardy finished with no hits on Jameis Winston, America’s Quarterback. And he registered just one tackle and no assists, his lowest output of 2015.

21 Responses to “Three Flinches, No Sacks”

  1. Justin Says:

    Maybe if Winston wore a dress, Hardy would have had a few more hits on him.

  2. StPeteBucsFan Says:


    That will easily be the very best line of the day!!!

  3. Patrick in VA Says:

    I think we can close the comment section out on this article. Justin nailed it. Everyone’s just playing for second place now.

  4. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Our Oline played well again…..the run blocking wasn’t as good….but pass protection was solid. D Smith is getting a baptism of fire….he will be solid for us for years to come.

  5. Nole on Sat.-Bucc on Sun. Says:

    What you just said Tampabaybucfan,Smith will be solid for years. Pieces are in place,give Loveable one defensive draft and we begin to make real noise.

  6. GhostofSchiano Says:

    Justin for comment of the year

  7. Patrick in VA Says:

    For as porous as the Oline was supposed to be this year, they have gone up against some of the biggest names that the NFL has to offer (Watt, Hardy, everyone on the Panthers, JPP, etc.) and none have been terribly impressive. They’re not the Redskins’ Hogs of yesteryear, yet, but it’s encouraging.

  8. Buccfan37 Says:

    Hardy hardly har har.

  9. ShutTheBucUp Says:

    From where I was standing, the O-Line and offense in general sucked. Got most of our yardage from penalties. And Smith was responsible for ending at least 2 of our drives. Glad we go the W though.

  10. ShutTheBucUp Says:

    Not to mention Winston nearly fumbling the game away. Saved by a penalty.

  11. StPeteBucsFan Says:

    Not to mention Winston nearly had the play of the day diving for the TD
    ‘Boy’s saved by six inches…six more inches the ball breaks the plane and it’s six.

  12. OneLove Says:

    Justin Says:
    November 16th, 2015 at 9:43 am
    Maybe if Winston wore a dress, Hardy would have had a few more hits on him.


    LMAO!! This was a matchup I was focusing on from the stands and our boy held up nicely!!

  13. Eric Says:

    One of the great successes of the Smith regime has been the revamping of the oline.

    With two rookies contributing.

    This after all the criticism on here that they had destroyed it.

  14. R.O Says:

    At least one if those penalties should have been called on the d-line for simulating a start of the play as they shifted on purpose. That was supposed to be a point of emphasis the last couple years.

  15. R.O Says:

    Run blocking not good? 5 on 8 and 9? Dallas was not going to let Martin & Sims beat them. It was be design.

  16. mike10 Says:

    Haha Justin.

    Na I take my hat off to Smith, I was severely concerned!

    Now back to the easy stuff, get your head in the game Smith, you’re one of 11 people in the world that knows the snap count.

  17. Bucco Brice Says:

    a franchise QB and three other starters from this rookie class! I hope everyone is aware of how historic this draft might be. The beginning of new territory for the Bucs. Winners!!!!

  18. Dave Says:

    2 OL STARTERS Marpet and Smith
    ILB Alexander
    QB and team leader – Winston
    Now a rookie at CB

    Draft this well next year and DE and DB and another WR….
    Skies the limit

  19. dreambig Says:

    No question this was a pretty impressive draft. Kwon is playing lights out, both rookie Olinemen holding their own, then we have Jameis, rookie leader of the year!

  20. godzilla13 Says:

    Donovan Smith just has to keep his head in the game. Donovan you graduated from Penn State. I just do not get the false starts? You don’t move until you hear the right count. It is all about focus and concentration. He held his own against bad boy Greg Hardy. This week Smith is going to have his hands full with Fletcher Cox. He has one of the best motors in the game. Never lets up or takes a play off.

  21. No_Bucs_Given Says:

    Everywhere i read says our OL rookies are doing well, but everytime i watch DSmith i am just NOT seeing it. He is easily beaten with speed and all he tries to do is push the end past the qb. He has cement feet…terrible.