September 30th, 2016
Bucs LT talks about Jameis having his back.

Bucs LT talks about Jameis having his back.

One of the coolest things Joe has heard come from the mouth of America’s Quarterback, Pro Bowler Jameis Winston, was an indirect blast at the spreadsheeters (namely, the PFF tribe).

During his postgame press conference after the loss to the Rams, a reporter asked Jameis about the blocking of left tackle Donovan Smith.

Now before Joe brings Jameis’ quote, some background: For reasons unknown, the stat geeks go wild about Smith. For the PFF tribe, the Penn State product is fingernails on a blackboard — or in Joe’s world: a warm bottle of Miller Lite. They just think he’s the worst in their convoluted grading system (talk to NFL types about how the PFF tribe grades offensive linemen and you will hear grown men howl as if they are at a Chris Rock concert).

The only thing Joe has to say about Smith’s blocking? Do some research.

How many rushing yards did the Bucs rack up last year? Look at the right defensive ends Smith faced and add up the number of sacks they registered and then remember Smith was a rookie.

So last week when a reporter hit Jameis — who wasn’t in a good mood to begin with — about Smith’s blocking, specifically Robert Quinn’s lone sack, Jameis shot back, “Man, how many times did Robert get to me? That was one time, so I think Donovan Smith had a great day.”


And as we later found out, it was Jameis’ fault on that sack for dropping back in the pocket too far, allowing Quinn to dodge Smith and get to Jameis.

Joe spoke with Smith yesterday and he didn’t know anything about Jameis going to bat for him Sunday night. But he was impressed and humbled to learn.

“We are teammates for a reason,” Smith said. “We are not going to let anybody talk about anybody else, regardless. You know, it’s like anybody in your family or anything like that.

“That’s my brother and I’m his brother and you are going to protect your brother.”

This was pretty cool to Joe. It’s obvious Jameis and Smith are tight. They hang out together, go to Orlando Magic games together, play paintball together, all sorts of stuff.

So it seems when it comes to Jameis and the offensive line, it’s all one big family.

9 Responses to “Family”

  1. Miko Says:

    Great to hear. Regardless of this season, the future is bright. Need more “family” additions….

  2. Wombat Says:

    The darkest hour is right before the dawn… this team is building something special. patience is a virtue.

  3. Buc1987 Says:

    “That’s my brother and I’m his brother and you are going to protect your brother.”

    Basically quoting “The Blind Side.”

  4. Conte Piscateli Says:

    I can’t understand how anyone can think poorly of the o line from this game. Winston wasn’t running for his life, they weren’t called for a bunch of holding penalties, and I’m sorry but no one throws for 400 yrds if the o line has a bad day.

  5. D-Rome Says:

    The Buccaneers have given up the 2nd most QB hits in the league. This is why the stat geeks are hard on the Bucs O-Line. The Buccaneers are on pace to give up more QB hits than last year.

  6. Joseph Mamma Says:

    It was one time that led to a fumble that turned into seven points.

  7. Mike Johnson Says:

    Bucs need more than the family label. Sure, that’s good for Culture. But they need to..WIN. Everything else is..MOOT.

  8. 911bucs Says:

    You sir have a steel trap mind.

  9. DavidBigBucsFan99 Says:

    Smith didn’t give up that sack until Evan Dirtruck Smith went in for Hawley. If I’m right within a few plays of him being plugged in it happened because of his weak self! The rush up the middle forced back too far.