“There’s So Many Different Styles To It”

June 3rd, 2016
Will Gholston sheds more light on the Mike Smith defense. (Photo courtesy of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers)

Will Gholston sheds more light on the Mike Smith defense. (Photo courtesy of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers)

Bucs defensive end Will Gholston is damn glad to be a veteran player.

The fourth-year man explained to Joe yesterday that his third NFL defense, Mike Smith’s defense, would have been very tough to learn as a rookie.

“Ooohh,” Gholston said making a shivering-type sound. “Playing in all the other defenses really helped me out for this defense, there are so many different styles to it.”

Of course, Gholston is a manbeast at 6-7 and near 290 pounds, a fit 290 pounds. He rushes inside and outside plays both sides of the D-line. So he’s got a lot on his plate.

Gholston also passionate raved about his new defensive line coach, Jay Hayes, who spent the last 13 years with the Bengals. Gholston said he’s had great D-line coaches with the Bucs, but Hayes is a cut above.

There’s always a positive-coaching presentation when mistakes are made, Gholston said, and Hayes’ experience as a professional player (several years in the USFL) brings an added dimension to his coaching. That’s the same kind of on-field knowledge Clinton McDonald talked to Joe about last month, when he referred to Hayes as a great translator.

19 Responses to ““There’s So Many Different Styles To It””

  1. Danati74 Says:

    This guy I put big expectations on him when he was drafted. I guess for his stature and blood line. For the opportunities he’s had, he has done some things. However I only consider him a rotation player or back up. There is nothing special about him. Maybe we will see more of him since I believe he is in a contract year.

  2. Bird Says:

    Excited to see defense. Including on new jumbo HD boards. An aggressive multiple look blitzing D may be worth the price of being a season ticket holder from Orlando. Can’t wait. Go bucs! Only Few months to go. Got to stay healthy

  3. Erik w/ Clean Athletics 'The Kwon Alexander of Bucs Fans' Says:

    Sounds like the makings of a Top-10 Defense at least.

    And when you combine that with our Top-5 Offense, it’s gonna be VERY difficult to beat the Bucs this year!


  4. Defense Rules Says:

    Will Gholston is a manbeast like you said Joe. But not just because of his size, but also because of his heart. Tough as nails … Played in all 16 games last season despite being banged up quite a bit. His 3 sacks may not stand out for a DE, but his 46 tackles and 20 assists sure do … significantly more than any other DLineman. I’m convinced that he’s going to really break out this year in this defense, and will be a Buc for many years to come. Favorite player on the DLine along with Clinton McDonald.

  5. MadMax Says:

    Sucking for so many years has brought us some great draft picks like Mr. Gholston. How in the hell will we win less than 7 games this season? With these kind of players and the new Coaches! Just how will we?


    THE ROAD TO 10!!

  6. Cobraboy Says:

    A Top 10 D and Top 5 O would make for a most entertaining 2016 season…

  7. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Gholston has been a decent 4th round pick……even if he is a solid rotational player….his versatility & staying healthy has made his pick pay off. I hope we are able to extend his contract…..something we haven’t done much of with Dominick picks.
    Spence and Tandy are two other decent later round picks…..the same goes for them.

  8. Guzzie Says:

    Dlineman take time to perfect their roles and techniques, Gholston is going to be a very expensive to keep after this year, hopefully Licht locks him up before he goes all gangbusters on the league

  9. BigPoppaBuc Says:

    I like me some Will Gholston. He’s one of our best in stopping the run and just brings a physical style of play that we need in the trenches. We’re all pretty obsessed with pass rush these days, but 92 brings it on Sundays and is a big time contributor on 1st and 2nd down.

  10. LargoBuc Says:

    I think Jay Hayes’ coaching mixed with Mike Smiths defense will help Gholston reach that next level.

  11. OneBuc55 Says:

    Honestly if I were Licht I’d give him a raise now while we can still afford him…last season (with the exception of GMC of course ) Gholston was imo our best D Lineman…He was really raw when we drafted him but the light seemed to come on for him last year…He’s still young, and hasn’t reached his ceiling; I love his effort, with the right coach to help him he can really be a problem for opposing offenses…

  12. skoubaissi Says:

    This team defense/ ofense reminds of how the SF 49ers took off after harbaugh become coach. Years of suffering, losing and embarrassment under different coaches especially under singleton (L smith). I have a feeling this team is going to be a whole lot better. Fingers crossed go bucs!

  13. William Walls Says:

    Y’all might think I’ve lost my last marble, but I think 12-4 is very do-able with this roster, staff, and front office.


    aka “i’m glad to still be in this league”

  15. Waterboy Says:

    Gholston is a real solid player. If he can eliminate the penalties he may be able to take his game to the next level this season.

  16. WheresYourBuccaneers? Says:

    Before all of you start seeing us in the superbowl, check our 2016-17 schedule first…

  17. Markjl Says:

    Look forward to #92 taking his game up a notch. Really like his motor and passion!

  18. Owlykat Says:

    I have been a Gholsten fan from the start. It is very valuable to have a DE who can both stop the run and rush the passer too. Our three speed rushers can’t hold our ends on run plays. We need to give Gholsten a raise now before we can’t afford him! Especially we need him when we play Charlotte twice a year and have to contain their QB!!!

  19. Pick6 Says:

    Makes plenty of sense to try to lock Gholston up to a moderate deal before he proves he’s worth more, but from his perspective he’s probably better off betting on himself in a contract year. If he has a down year he doesn’t lose much, and if he just plays at last year’s level he loses nothing. However, if breaks out as a versatile threat in Mike Smith’s scheme, he can shoot for Malik Jackson money in the free agency sweepstakes