Burned Now; Lock Down Later

June 15th, 2017

Talks DeSean Jackson.

America’s Quarterback, Pro Bowler Jameis Winston, likes to say “iron sharpens iron.” That means practicing with and/or against good players makes everyone better.

And it seems that is the case with speedy DeSean Jackson.

While winning Bucs coach Dirk Koetter recently said his defensive backs are “shocked” by how fast Jackson is, defensive coordinator Mike Smith believes that shock will pay off.

Bucs corners may be grumbling how Jackson makes them look mortal or worse — gasp! — slow, but Smith is secretly liking what Jackson is doing to the secondary in underwear football.

“It helps immensely,” Smith said of his defense going against Jackson. “We have one of the fastest players in the NFL but we are practicing and getting snaps against [him] every day. It is a challenge because he is superfast.”

If the Bucs can find a way, somehow, to slow Jackson in practice, or at least contain him, then other speedy receivers they may face in the regular system should seem like a breeze to defend by comparison.

11 Responses to “Burned Now; Lock Down Later”

  1. BigHogHaynes Says:

    Jam him at the line!!!

  2. Dreambig Says:

    Anyone else having problems with the pages on Joebucfan keep reloading in the middle of trying to read the articles? It reloaded twice while I tried to type this comment, wiping out what I typed each time.

  3. Dreambig Says:

    Dont think its my ipad because it doesnt happen on other sites

  4. Dreambig Says:

    I’d love to believe in the whole iron sharpens iron thing, and I do to an extent. Having said that, it didn’t help the skins much last year as their pass D was near the bottom. How many times have we seen ATL and NO have stellar offenses and horrible defenses. Have to have great iron (players) to work with to begin with.

  5. Defense Rules Says:

    Like you’ve said before Joe, underwear football ain’t real football. If speed were the only factor, DJax would have a million TDs by now (and he’d be making a lot more $$$). Have to think though that having our defense practicing against someone like DJax will help pound home the need for better communications among all of the defensive players, and especially the secondary. Revis may have been an island, but no one in our secondary is.

  6. Dewey Selmon Says:

    There are only 4-5 guys like Jackson that can blow by cb’s. The problem is they get manhandled by bigger wr’s like the oakland game last year. They practice vs Evans and OJ. I hope that pays off more.

  7. mark2001 Says:

    Hog…you miss that jam, and it is 6 almost every time. No safety can come close to keeping up with him.

  8. JOEinPHX Says:

    People who say ‘iron sharpens iron’ don’t understand metallurgy. It might be the most inane, misguided cliche out there.

  9. tmaxcon Says:


    Defense Wins Championships is the worst and most misleading cliche in football.

    Franchise Quarterbacks win championships with talent around them is more accurate. take out dilfer, johnson and there are nothing but franchise qb’s winning rings recently.

    VH3 and Ryan Smith need all the help they can get in practice.

  10. BucsFam Says:

    Yo, JOEinPHX, I just found it funny enough that you seemed to boast like a metallurgy expert so I just wanted to call you out.

    First off, iron sharpens iron is a biblical metaphor. Back then they didn’t have all the alloys that we have. To sharpen iron nowadays, we would use steel because it’s more practical. But even in modern day, there’s a thing called temperature in action which would allow a cold piece of iron to easily sharpen a hot piece of iron which is what they did in old times.

    And your statement “don’t understand metallurgy” should be “doesn’t understand metallurgy” as well since you don’t understand metallurgy or English.

  11. mrcajones Says: