Mike Smith Dismisses Preseason Stats

September 8th, 2016

Be wary of preseason stats says Bucs DC Mike Smith.

If anyone thought preseason games were important, Bucs defensive coordinator Mike Smith had a word of caution. Actually, more than a few words.

Bucs fans have been starved for a double-digit sack man like Joe thirsts for a cold beer on a Florida summer Friday afternoon. So when the Bucs led the NFL in preseason with 16 sacks only fueled the fans’ hunger.

Simply put, Smith doesn’t think much of that preseason accomplishment.

“I don’t want to put a whole lot of stock on what happens in the preseason,” Smith said today at One Buc Palace in the first of his weekly in-season pressers. “I am very pleased and we as a staff are very pleased with the production we had in the preseason. There were a number of guys that were able to continue to the numbers we put up in the preseason.”

Later, when asked about preseason and prepping for the Dixie Chicks, Smith again waved off the notion that preseason is an indicator of the regular season.

“That is the great thing about the opening weekend in the NF,L there is a lot of gamesmanship that goes on in the preseason in terms of what you are going to show and what you are not going to show,” Smkth said. “I am sure we are going to see a lot of things [Sunday] with what we call ‘unscouted looks.’”

Another interesting side element about pass rushing that Smith said was that folks can expect a regular rotation of a lot of Bucs defensive linemen on passing downs. It’s all about stamina, Smith said.

“When you are rushing the passer, I think it may be the most draining thing you do on a football field.”

5 Responses to “Mike Smith Dismisses Preseason Stats”

  1. ColordoBuc Says:


  2. stpetebucsfan Says:

    Are you ready for some football? You bet your arse!

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

    You know I’m watching FS1’s new show “Undisputed” with Skip and Shannon. Skip said something about pre season that I am in total agreement with. He said when he watched pre season he’s looking for “flashes”. To me that means just little examples of what we as fans hope to see come the regular season. Mike Smith is suppose to make his troops feel like they accomplished nothing by way of rushing the passer in the pre season but as a fan I’m stoked by what I witnessed. Let me reiterate. We will lead the league in QB sacks and pressures this season. The Broncos lead last season with 52. You can mark us down this season for atleast 55.

  4. tmaxcon Says:

    Nole on Sat.-Bucc on Sun

    If they hit 55 it will be a very beautiful thing and most likely mean they challenging. Man you going awful bold with the superbowl and sack predictions. I hope you are onto something

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

    Tmax just watch’em unfold bro. Someone please toss Jay Hayes game ball🏈will ya.