September 13th, 2020

It appears the Bucs had 65 plays of offense today and Donovan Smith played well for 60 and the others led fans to scream at their TVs.

(Damn, today felt so much like a 2019 reunion.)

This is the player Smith was for the past few years (better last year), but that was supposed to change.

Joe has to go back and watch the film, but Smith was beaten badly a few times today, and it appeared he was beaten another time while Scotty Miller ran into his back (though Miller isn’t exactly a burly tight end). Overall, it appeared that Smith didn’t fare as well as rookie right tackle Tristan Wirfs.

Was it effort, was it the Saints’ talent?

Again, Joe must take a closer look. But regardless, Smith had a day he’d like to have back. And it’s not like the Bucs were running left with a punishing ground game to make up for it.

69 Responses to “Unsteady”

  1. TheBucsAnthem Says:

    YOU SUCK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. TheBucsAnthem Says:

    Man……..this guy sucks as a LT

  3. TheBucsAnthem Says:

    He’s average to below average Joe

  4. TheBucsAnthem Says:

    Wirfs held his own except on ONE play…………and he’s a rookie!!!!!

    Smith has absolutely zero excuses today

  5. Jonathan Limpchimpi Says:

    Played like a fella who wasn’t all in from the beginning of the season.Probably his last season in Tampa…especially with the Wirfs selection.

  6. Bucsfan951 Says:

    So next years draft list goes…

    1. qb
    2. Lt
    3. Cb
    4. Dl


  7. Anonymous Says:

    Wirfs played ball

  8. Believe it when I see it Says:

    This guy has been a paycheck player for years…. he just plays for the check. NO PASSION!

  9. TheBucsAnthem Says:

    Why is it that in almost evey single game we gotta be talking about Smith getting beat????

    HE’S LAZY…………………that’s always been known.

    Hell…….that was one of his negatives coming outta college!!!!!

    geez louise…………this ain’t rocket science

  10. Dr. Buc Says:

    Wirfs also allowed that FG block

  11. SteveK Says:

    It Sucks to watch Cam Jordan feast on Smith and the Bucs, whole talk show host Dominik selected Adrian Clayborn @20, when Jordan landed to the Saints @24.

    Jordan- the son of an all pro.

    Clayborn, has known nerve damage and is restricted to how he can rush the passer.

    This is the same GM that let Mike Bennett wall bc DaQuan Bowers and his airport escapades.

    Jordan should be a Buc, and I blame Dominik each and every time he still haunts us.

  12. BUC CHEEKS Says:

    Did anybody else see when Donovan Smith went to help Brady up and spun him around?! I was like wtf, idiot… Hey guy, you trying to rip our QB’s throwing arm off or what?!

    Not impressed.

  13. TheBucsAnthem Says:

    Wirfs is a rookie and played damn good tonight…….especially against Cam Jordan

  14. Scotty in Fat Antonio Says:

    Did you see Cam Jordan’s quote after the game? Cam Jordan on the weirdness of no fans in the Superdome: “It felt like we were at a Tampa Bay game.”

    Is it too late for Smith to Opt Out?

  15. Bucsfan951 Says:

    D Smith is lazy and I pray he reads this

  16. james west Says:

    man oh man, i mean damn

  17. Buczilla Says:

    Donovan is above average on his best day and he makes elite tackle money?!? Management and others think that he is better than that, but I sure as hell don’t see it. We lost as a team today, but this dude was a big contributer.

    On a happy note, Wirfs looked freaking awesome for his first game ever.

  18. JimmyJack Says:

    Joe you will see that Scotty did take Smith out of that play…….But it was that one stretch just before halftime where donovan seemingly decided to take a few plays off. It’s the same thing it always is with Donavan. Just decides not to show up for a handful of snaps. And those were big snaps he cost us just before half……The blocked kick is as much on him then the guy who blocked air IMO.

  19. the_end Says:

    D. Smith = subhuman sloth

    What a disgrace of a football player

  20. Pewter Power Says:

    Over paid and what do you know the knock on him coming out of college is the knock on him this many years in. You mean you still gonna keep asking when this will change? Like when will Winston stop throwing picks? Who’s gonna be the vh3 of 2020. Maybe he needs to think about his performance from the bench

  21. monkey Says:

    i hope he gets pulled over by a cop………

  22. Miketb19 Says:

    Donovan Smith was trash today he was beat like a drum on a few plays especially on third down. He keeps this and he won’t get to finish out that big A** contract that he didn’t earn.

    On a positive note we gotta shout out to Tristan Wirfs who played really good for his first start there was only one play where Cam Jordan really did him dirty. But other than that he really held his own

    If Smith had held up his end of the bargain Brady barely would of been touched in that game

  23. Red86 Says:

    Wirf didn’t allow a block fg. It’s was Cappa that fell on his left, while Wirf was trying to stop 3 guys.

  24. Anonymous Says:

    I think he got beat by Henderson on three of the plays. Wirfs at least got beat by Can Jordan. Tough day for D Smith. I truly believe Tom Brady is someone who needs a good line. If he’s not trusting them he is very average.

  25. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    I’ve been saying we should draft a RT next year…..move Wirfs to LT & save $14 mil…..

  26. JimmyJack Says:

    As a side note when it comes to blocking I seen our RBs pick up two blitzes today. One for RoJo one for MCCoy. Both misses both costly. Fournette better be ready next week. We might need him.

  27. BUC CHEEKS Says:

    Damn! @monkey – buddy bringing with the heat!!!!

  28. mickman Says:

    smith took off at least three plays I went back and reviewed. he just quit blocking thinking the play should be over. I am done with this guy 16 million and he still can’t block for about 15 seconds!

    Wirfs got beat two times the worst one was on the field goal block it was all his fault.looked as though he had no idea which guy to block.

  29. the_end Says:


    Agreed sir. Buts lets not forget despite how bad Smith was today, Brady had time to throw and still he pooped the bed. I mean this dude is supposed to be the GOAT right?! Again same ol song and dance.

  30. Swampbuc Says:

    I’m a DSmith supporter but that was brutal. Dude should take his opt out package now and let Wirfs move over and put Haeg on at RT. Then trade the dude. He’s not passionate about football. Like the offensive version of Gerald McCoy.

  31. LUVMYBUCS Says:

    2021 Replace For LT Donovan Smith

  32. miller5252 Says:

    Save yourself the heartburn Joe and go watch anything else. Never really been down on Smith but his play today was bad. I don’t know if it was not being in game shape but he wasn’t the only one looking like that.

  33. Gofortheface30 Says:

    Bucsfan951. A cornerback? What in f…You know, it’s people like you that drive me crazy. The Bucs have 3 young studs at corner, the Bucs believe Carlton Davis is a top 10 cornerback, completely shut down Michael Thomas today – Brees did NOTHING, the saints had 140 total yards of offense going in to 4th quarter (can’t ask for a better performance statistically speaking) but THIS F’ing GUY wants to draft a corner. Unbelievable some of you

  34. LUVMYBUCS Says:


  35. ocala Says:

    He is awful.
    Wirfs has played one NFL game and is already much better than him.

  36. the_end Says:


    LMFAO I feel you dude but the Aints dropped 34 on us man (I am gonna count Kamara’s TD that was taken back. ) So these corners are not that great. But they are not that terrible either.

  37. Bejesus-belt Says:

    Average and lazy is never a good combination.

  38. rrsrq Says:

    didn’t some want Jason Peters, eagles gave up 8 sacks today

  39. DislocatedBucsFan Says:

    I’ve been saying he has sucked to average at best since he was drafted. This isn’t such a shocking revelation. Can’t believe Licht paid this man

  40. Dactime Says:

    You can thank the General Manager for insuring that we can experience this type of play for the next five years. He obviously came to the conclusion that Smith played so well the last five seasons that he was rewarded with five more.

  41. TheBucsAnthem Says:


    I was shocked too when the GM paid this lazy sloth with premeire LT money….

  42. Matt Says:

    @Monkey ur an ignorant F**k

  43. Gofortheface30 Says:

    The end. The defense did not give up 34 points dude come on. Carlton Davis put on damn near a masterclass performance and locked Michael Thomas up. Bunting was fantastic on the other side. The one major mistake was jamel Dean was caught sleeping. He is also our youngest corner. As if drafting and plugging in another 21yr old corner will never make any mistakes. There is a reason why YARDS and not points is used as THE METRIC when ranking defenses. Points are misleading and happens in a variety of ways. Yards given up is binary. Either you can stop an offense from moving the ball or you can’t. The Bucs were PHYSICAL and tossed Kamara around like a rag doll. The mistakes will be cleaned up. Good lord. Don’t you guys remember it took Peyton Manning and the broncos a solid half year to figure it out.

  44. NPRSageBoy Says:

    Smith is gonna get TB12 killed before the bye week.

    Peace, out

  45. Rod Munch Says:


  46. Swampbuc Says:

    Josh Rosen is your QB by week 12.

  47. lowercaseg Says:

    He is that bad

  48. William Berry Says:

    Yep. Donovan Smith is playing for a check for sure. Oh, I just found a list of all the NFL players that don’t. I’ll paste it right here:

    And here it is again

    And one more time for the readers in Pinellas Park:

    (Man, I love sarcasm.)

  49. lambchop Says:

    If Joe Haeg can play LT, bench DSmith for the next game. F the money. Make him ride the bench.

    Either he’s unfit to play a full game or he simply doesn’t have any pride and gives two deuces about the game.

  50. Buc4ever Says:

    Donny has feet made of lead. What a bum.

  51. Anonymous Says:

    We looked bad, sad, we got knocked around, then got knocked down, and we had no fight, no get up and go, no savior faire…no eating w’s, no nothing !!! And no one is feed up with THE GOAT!! It’s a systemic thing!!!HENNY AND HOG…get yo-self some!!!

  52. Donavan Smith sucks Says:

    Idk what we see in this guy ! He is horrible what surprised me is that WIRFS was handling vs Jordan the whole game but on the other side of the bull this guy Smith was garbage couldn’t block if he’s mom depended on it !!! Smh what going on here with donovan Smith . Get rid of him !!

  53. Donavan Smith sucks Says:

    He is a lazy piece of sh!t

  54. Donavan Smith sucks Says:

    The rookie played better than him ! Now that’s sad really sad !

  55. SOEbuc Says:

    The even worse thing is that the Bucs were calling running plays to the outside left when we couldn’t even get up the middle. Wirfs moving to LT or draft one in the third round.

  56. Bucsfan951 Says:

    Gofortheface30 Says:
    September 13th, 2020 at 9:48 pm
    Bucsfan951. A cornerback? What in f…You know, it’s people like you that drive me crazy. The Bucs have 3 young studs at corner

    Studs at corner? My bad. I didn’t know we had “studs” at the cb position.

  57. My Momma Says:

    I wonder if Donovan had to be talked into playing this year when he was considering opting out. I’m wondering if he’s wanting to get benched so he can continue to get his full pay . I wouldn’t put it past him.

  58. «Delusional Intelligence» Says:

    I dare say it was more than 5 plays, more like 8-10.

    The team should have made Donovan Smith do a post game press conference.

  59. AllTrueBucsFansAreMasochists Says:

    Donnie S. has done a great job auditioning for starting RT.

  60. Topcoach_78 Says:

    Joe you and I discussed this on Twitter over a year ago and claimed D. Smith wasn’t a problem at all! Remember Joe?!?!?

  61. Topcoach_78 Says:

    Trey Hendrickson murdered him and he is a backup!

  62. adam from ny Says:

    wirfs the rook played better than donovan…

    the breakfast egg droppings must be stuck in his beard from the morning buffet…


  63. Fan from Above Says:

    Sorry joe but Donovan had far more than 5 bad plays yesterday. And cam Jordan wasn’t even lined up against him. An average Lt would be an upgrade, this dude is terrible.

  64. Bobby M. Says:

    Smith is who he is…but collectively we just didn’t play well.. He’ll probably give us an excellent outing next week against Carolina. The offense simply had no chemistry, that was expected. IMO…..the defense looked much improved. you’re only going to hold Brees back for so long. Throw in bad field position, turnovers and stalled drives, its hard to not break. I would have liked to see us hold them to FGs a few more times but week 1 against the saints in their home with no offseason…..I felt like the defense showed up. Special teams was brutal…..again collectively sloppy and simply not going to cut it against a legit playoff team.

  65. richbucsfan Says:

    76 is not focused. He wants to play/doesn’t wNt to play. He’s concerned about COVID 19/not concerned about COVID 19. He’s for protesting/ not for protesting. He has to have a single focus…excel at his job. Hmmm, wonder if other Bucs have the same focus problems…

  66. Dubcity6 Says:

    I dont understand why one of the Joe’s bends over backwards to defend the OL. Its like he will refuse to ever admit he was wrong about the OL. The Tackles were terrible for a few years. But to him, its only the fans who think that…. man just hard headed. Dotson got replaced for good reason. And D Smith was actually worse than Dotson.

  67. The Coroner Says:

    It was Lack of Effort. He was the leaky sieve that put even more pressure on Tom Brady. He is the one who caused Brady to get hit almost exclusively. That needs to get Fixed right away, BUT you can’t force someone else to have that desire. I thought while watching the game that Tristan Wirfs played well enough that he should play left tackle and move Donovan Smith to right tackle where he is likely to cause less damage. Arians needs to take control and not jeopardize Tom Brady and the season by not trying Wirfs at left tackle.
    If they it keep Donovan Smith at left tackle they may have to play Anthony Auclair in the backfield to help Smith (and sneak him out on a pattern now and then).

  68. Anonymous Says:

    This dude is single handedly gonna derail yall season.

  69. Sorryjackchuckiesback Says:

    Maybe he should go for a jog!! 😂