“That’s Just What We Need As A Team And As A Unit”

March 19th, 2019

It sounds like Donovan Smith wants or needs a proverbial kick in the ass.

J.R. Sweezy is the nasty tough guy we need, Smith and other Bucs linemen said in past years. Last year it was Ryan Jensen who was supposed to fill the this-guy’s-fire-will-rub-off-on-us role.

Man, Joe would love to wire guys like Smith and Ali Marpet to a lie detector and ask them why they can’t motivate themselves to be the mean-streak linemen they aspire to be? Why do do they think they need a teammate to get them there?

Of course, Bucco Bruce Arians already has addressed how he’ll handle loafing on the Bucs. So that was comforting and encouraging. And it appears Smith thinks Arians’ no-BS attitude will deliver what Sweezy, Jensen and Dirk Koetter-era coaches could not.

“With [Arians] coming in, he has a lot of fire and that’s just what we need as a team and as a unit, to get things going,” Smith told SiriusXM NFL Radio recently.

That sounds nice, but why does Smith think the Bucs offensive line needs a lot of fire from a coach? They’ve got three young guys — Smith, Marpet and Jensen — making mega-millions. And they have fiery and intense quarterback in Jameis Winston?

For Joe, the whole Bucs mentality is off. And hopefully Arians can fix that in one season.

43 Responses to ““That’s Just What We Need As A Team And As A Unit””

  1. Bird Says:

    If coaches can take him from a 5/6 out of 10 to even a 7 out of 10 , the contract is fine with me.

  2. Darin Says:

    Amen. Thats why i wanted Dirk out years ago, the others too. If a coach doesn’t instill the right mentality then he shouldnt be around long. And yes I agres it shouldnt have to come from the coach. But its human nature. These are young men. Most people just aren’t self motivated daily. Most show up to work to eat next week.

  3. EvolvingBucsfan Says:

    Warhop was here too long so was M smith and now the writing is on the wall.

    Also the musical chairs of the o-line and Marpet was head scratching at times especially when they talked about continuity.

    The Koetter legacy was consistently inconsistent in all areas and I hope Arians and crew can help fix it. Accountability might be just what the doctor ordered.

  4. MarkV Says:

    I understand why the Bucs felt they needed to keep Smith around, but this is a part of the reason I was against a big dollar extension. Average is seemingly what he aspires to be, and so far, he’s almost there.

  5. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Cappa has the fire…..does he have the skill?…..adding him should help…..and, of course coaching can help bring the fire out of players. I think we knew when we drafted Smith that he didn’t have a mean streak….but I think he can play (when he wants to)

  6. Clodhopper Says:

    I havent listened for a while but when Smith and Marpet did their weekly interview, they were chill asf. That’s just who some people are. Made the podcast fun but I could see them needing a little extra fire implanted in their asses.

  7. Bucsfanman Says:

    I’m sure there’s a whole host of people that would line up to give Donovan a “kick in the pants”.
    It goes toward the culture of this organization. Yea, not everyone is motivated the moment their feet hit the floor, but GEEZ, can you get excited about playing a GAME for a living, part-time at that?!

  8. AKickInTheBucNuts Says:

    Fear not! We are Superbowl bound!
    We just signed S Kentrell Brice to a one-year deal.

  9. Kevin Manning Says:

    Ask Paul Gruber Buc ol Ring of Honor if you need a mean streak to excel in the NFL. For that matter Tony Dungy didn’t get hired at first as a head coach because he wouldn’t swear at his players. The offense was good enough to win last year. Let’s see what the D makeover will bring us.

  10. Hodad Says:

    And after years of no fire, or kick ass attitude, and years of losing, they, Marpet, and Smith were rewarded with mega contracts.

  11. Defense Rules Says:

    Bucsfanman … With Donovan being 6’6″ & 338 lbs, I WON’T be one of those lining up to give him a “kick in the pants”. Much rather have BA and Joe Gilbert do it. And do it they will I’m sure, unless Donovan gives himself a “kick in the pants” first.

    TBBF … I still don’t know what to think of Cappa. At 6’6″ & 305 lbs he seems to have decent size for an OLineman, but the hit on him coming out of college as I remember was that he wasn’t that strong. If that’s still true, hopefully our new conditioning coaches can beef him up so DLinemen like Vea don’t rag-doll him.

  12. tmaxcon Says:

    pretty damn sad when highly paid professional athletes need a kick in the a$$…. what ever happened to pride and drive to be great…. oh I remember now, the mentally weak libtards started that trophies and hugs for all BS and now everyone needs to be coddled… feelings do not matter people results do.

  13. Wausa Says:

    Coaching has stunk.

    I get it that everyone is jaded, but the Bucs have had arguably the worst defense and special teams in the NFL over the past three years. If the new coaches can make these groups average then the Bucs can be significantly better in 2019.

  14. Tackleblockwin Says:

    This Oline needs to play with a smartstreak before they can play with a meanstreak. Don’t forget the snap count, don’t fall asleep, use proper technique, etc.

  15. AlteredEgo Says:

    Big uglies with 1st and 2nd pick…..DL then OL…

  16. Jamaal Stanley Says:

    To piggyback you Wausa many here wanna add wiry 238lbs josh Allen (from basketball U Kentucky). Lamar Woolley 6’2 256lbs,James Farrior 6’2 243lbs,James Harrison 6’0 275lbs,Larry Foote 6’1 239lbs. The line backing Corp of what at one point the #1 rank defenses in nfl. You know the names and they played for AND what scheme they were in.

  17. Jamaal Stanley Says:

    And there happens to be this freak lb from LSU available. Just imagine..

  18. Bucsfanman Says:

    Defense Rules- LOL! I probably should’ve said “want”!!!! You gotta know your limitations! At 6’4 210 lbs, I’m not even sure I can outrun him at my age!

  19. AlteredEgo Says:

    Cappa needs steroids…he has size and weight…muscle not so much

  20. stpetebucsfan Says:

    I think ultimately the “motivation” has to come from the coaches! They have the only leverage…playing time.

    The idea of a teammate supplying it is nice but I do not believe it’s effective. Logan Mankins may be the exception. But Jenkins did what he was paid to do. He got in several fights…mauled people long after the whistle…and did all this stuff by and large without stupid penalties…or should I say ill timed penalties. A fight or mauling a guy in the first half at mid field is not the same as doing it inside the red zone and getting backed out of scoring. Again by and large I thought Jenkins did this.

    It didn’t seem to rub off on the others however. BA won’t need to rub off on anybody. He’ll embarrass them in front of their peers first…and if that doesn’t work they’re out of here.

  21. SCBucsFan Says:

    Beau Allen just climbed Mount Kilimanjaro

  22. Adrnagy Says:

    Man …. I wish we can get rid of the current uniforms.

  23. 813bucboi Says:

    not only does the oline need a coach with a lot of fire but the team does as well…..the team takes on the personality of the HC…..


  24. Cobraboy Says:

    It goes back to Warhop.

  25. Bobby M. Says:

    Jensen was ranked in the bottom tier of centers last year….Smith was middle of the road….Marpet is the only legit top tier linemen we have. Collectively, that’s a ton of money on a unit that ranks avg.

    Can you improve their play….sure but they aren’t making tremendous strides 5 yrs into their careers. They are who they are at this point. At best they may gel as a unit better….but that assumes Licht doesn’t play musical chairs with their positions again.

  26. Owlykat Says:

    If BA can motivate D. Smith to start earning his money and turn him into an All Pro LT that actually can stop speed rushers and stop all his holding penalties we are going to need to start talking about BAMajic. Frankly I don’t think D. Smith is athletic enough to accomplish that at LT but he’d make a heck of a Pro Guard. I do believe, though, that BA can make him play to the whistle and teach him to yell loudly “Watch Out” if a rusher gets past him on Jameis’ backside so at least Jameis doesn’t get injured nor stripped of the ball. However, the best way to get top motivation out of a lazy player like D. Smith is to pick a OT like Greg Little who has great athleticism to play LT or RT and put pressure on Smith to try and keep his job. And brilliantly since the cap is figured on only the higher salaried players BA can hire just as many 4 million dollar prove it players he wants to create that same pressure at each position without hurting our cap. And with the extra coaches to give reps to the lower half of the roster he will develop every player to their full potential and find future stars even among our undrafted Free Agents and slowly trade or just cut the higher priced players who don’t earn their keep. That will soon restore our cap to where we can buy some Free Agent non selfish Stars to fill any remaining holes we have—BAMajic! Or just BAM for short. That is how to get a team to the Super Bowl!

  27. Loyaltotheend Says:

    You don’t reward soft players for being soft unless your Licht

  28. RODNEY J ALLEN Says:

    Bobby it takes about 3yrs for o lineman to get in a groove n musical chairs dont help at all but that was on koetter and Waltrip not Licht. I think a new offensive line coach and a new HC was just what them guys need to become at the least above average but we will find out this year

  29. zzbuc Says:

    I dont think Marpet or Jensen have an attitude problem, you can like it or not, but those guys bust their a***….I can´t say the same on Donovan Smith…….He seems as if he doesn´t care…….He is a lucky bastard, he was in the right place at the right moment…, so he got paid because the absence of OT……Just another lucky bastard that got overpaid.

  30. isrBuc Says:

    Last year around this time you could see countess of instagram videos of Ali and DS training like crazy. For some reason its not happening this year.

  31. PriMech54 Says:

    Warhop was straight trash. Harold Goodwin will get these guys pissed off.

    “act like the guy in front of ya stole ya momma’s lunch money, baby, yes indeed!” – BA, Buccaneers training camp 2019

  32. Season Is Over Says:

    This is what happens when you have a softball-media for a generation. It is funny when the media start to wake with this look of bewilderment. I wonder if they even know how they helped to reached this point.

  33. Bucnjim Says:

    Best time to get pissed off and motivated is in a contract year! Couldn’t even do that so yes it would be a miracle to turn him into anything more than what he was last year.

  34. GhostofSchiano Says:

    @ Jamal Stanley.

    I watched some tape on that man and I could not agree more.

  35. Z31 Says:

    Adrnagy Says:
    “Man …. I wish we can get rid of the current uniforms”


    Nobody cares.

  36. ChanEpic Says:

    A little OT: but I am reading about the Bucs drafting:
    Darrell Henderson

    LOVING what I am seeing in that highlight reel. Looks like a Better RoJo has speed and actually breaks tackles.

  37. Loyaltotheend Says:

    When Licht is fired the Glazers gotta ask him how in the F did you waste all that money into 3 o linemen who couldn’t open up any holes in the run game?

    Licht is awful at his job and is lucky he coaxed his friend out of retirement or he’d be unemployed

  38. Doctor_berto Says:

    Licht gonna screw up another draft and get booted

  39. SCBucsFan Says:

    I’m guessing the Joe’s are partying hard. Late night and early morning posts, none during the day.

  40. Lord Cornelius Says:

    you could say this about any Buc that has been around the last 4-5 years and any quote about what we need to change / culture sh1t / whatever.

    Will come down to coaching & talent

  41. Z31 Says:

    SCBucsFan Says:
    “I’m guessing the Joe’s are partying hard.”


    I’m guessing that probably nobody asked you.

  42. RustyRhinos Says:

    And here I thought Donovan Smith has had 6.068 million reason$ to have his head in the game.

  43. RustyRhinos Says:

    Without needing a kick in the Arse!