“This Has Been The Best Locker Room I’ve Been In And I Really Mean It.”

December 17th, 2020

Former Bucs right tackle Demar Dotson, now with the Broncos, looks at Ryan Jensen

Those who enjoy Bucs history should be intrigued by this post.

Broncos right tackle Demar Doston was a Buccaneer from 2009 through 2019 — 11 seasons of sitting at home in January.

In Denver, Dotson seems beloved; he quickly went from backup to starter and some of the stat outfits report he has yet to allow a sack this season. Joe’s also seen Broncos fan blogs lauding his play.

Recently, Joe listened to Dotson on KOA radio in Denver and Dotson was his usual candid self. One co-host started asking Dotson about coaching and listed many of the alleged great coaches Dotson has been around. When the host got to Greg Schiano, Dotson laughed.

Dotson went on to say how much he likes playing for Denver, in part because Hall of Fame ex-guard Mike Munchak is such an amazing offensive line coach. That discussion featured Dotson explaining that far too many NFL coaches only know how to coach from the coaching perspective and don’t understand players.

Munchak, Dotson said, never screams and is a very different breed. The only Bucs coaches Dotson referenced (both positively) were Raheem Morris and George Warhop, his offensive line coach from 2014 through 2018.

What got Joe to hit the rewind button was Dotson saying of the Broncos, “This has been the best locker room I’ve been in and I really mean it.”

Now Joe has spent a lot of time around Dotson, including outside One Buc Palace. Dotson even joined Joe and sage JoeBucsFan.com columnist Ira Kaufman at the defunct Lee Roy Selmon’s restaurant in Tampa for a long sitdown. So Joe can confidently say that if Doston says the 5-8 Broncos have a better locker room than he saw in 11 Tampa seasons with five head coaches, then Dotson means it.

So Joe found that take very intriguing.

Asked to compare Broncos quarterback Drew Lock to former Bucs QB Josh Freeman, Dotson said Freeman, “didn’t have the work ethic behind him.”

Lastly, on the fun front, the radio hosts asked Dotson why he chose to sign with the Broncos and thought it would be a good place to play. Dotson promptly replied that Denver was the only team that wanted to pay him.

16 Responses to ““This Has Been The Best Locker Room I’ve Been In And I Really Mean It.””

  1. unbelievable Says:

    Wirfs > Dotson

    Simple as that.

  2. catcard202 Says:

    Pass blocking was never a real concern – run blocking was…Glad he’s playing well in Denver & helping another young gunslinger stay clean…But it was time for Dotson to be replaced in Tampa.

  3. The Red Mirage Says:

    How many False Starts did Dot have during the interview?

  4. gp Says:

    Happy to see Dot earn a few more paychecks before hanging up his cleats.
    12 plus seasons, mostly as a starter, after going undrafted (correct me if wrong) is a very strong career in the NFL. Many first round picks don’t last as long.

  5. Dr. ClodHopper Says:

    Seems like all the signs about Freeman point to…. to put it politely, the same “Unproven allegation”

  6. TheBucsAnthem Says:

    Honestly, his play started slippin After Jameis Winston got drafted

    ………….cause he had to hold his blocks longer due to Jameis holding onto the ball WAY TOO LONG.

    Demar Dotson was elite in his prime and he’s he was never a good run blocker ever.

    Dotson has had a great career and I’m happy for him to collect a few more checks before he retires.

    I hope Demar comes back to live in the Tampa Bay area to live and joins the local sports media because his interviews were always the best out of anyone because he was honest and candid.

  7. Defense Rules Says:

    I’m with you Joe about Dots … How can you not love the guy?

    Always wondered catcard202 if maybe Dots had trouble with run-blocking because of his height. At 6’9″ it might’ve been hard to get good leverage on some of these quick DEs & DTs.

  8. AlteredEgo Say: Your comment is awaiting moderation. Says:

    Congratulations on a great career Dot .. but if you have ever heard one of these new guy interviews you have heard them all.. predicable responses … they always love everything about there new team .. in this case I hope it is true… Dot earned every snap and every penny in the NFL

  9. webster Says:

    There it is, its jameis fault. Happens every article.

  10. webster Says:

    Article…..kicker missed two fgs

    Poster…..if jameis had of made it to the 10 yard line and not the 20, then the kick would not have been as long.

    Article…..kicker missed extra point.

    Poster….if jameis had of scored in 5 plays and not eight. The kicker had to wait too long to kick.

    Article…..devin white bad in coverage

    Poster….if jameis had stayed on the field then devin would not be targeted as much.

    Article….pass rush sucks

    Poster…….if jameis could get the bucs up by 4 tds then the defense would know that only the pass was coming and the pass rush would be better.

  11. Garv Says:

    Always liked Dotson, still do. He’s had a solid career and is obviously a good man. His interviews were and are always candid, interesting. I wish him the best.
    As of today however, I’ll take Wirfs over him. But who would not?

  12. Bojim Says:

    Go Dot!!!

  13. Pewter Power Says:

    Compares drew lock to josh freeman? Lol really and dot it’s the only other locker room you’ve been in. Locker rooms probably suck when your losing all the time but of that seems like a stupid interview asking about josh freeman, who knows even knows him

  14. SirClicksAlot Says:

    Too many haters here of one Tampa’s best tackles. Dotson was the only year to year reliable player on offense outside of Mike Evans for a long time. He deserves respect for everything he did; always a class act.

    I think we should pay attention. Freeman was talented but lazy. Schiano was a joke. Raheem was the best coach we had before BA; look what he did with a bunch of scrubs that didn’t last 3 years in the league after his tenure was over. Now Rah is making an Atl defense that has horrible talent look average. Dot’s takes are spot on. It was definitely time for this team to move on, but that doesn’t take away from anything the guy accomplished in pewter, which was being our best o-lineman over his tenure.

  15. Bucsfan951 Says:

    Article: Winston with 5 ints in today’s game.

    Webby: yeah but he threw for 450 yards.

    Article: Winston with 30 ints in the season.

    Webby: yeah but he threw 33 tds.

    Article: Winston handed the other team 7.5 points per game on average.

    Webby: yeah but he threw for over 5k yards.

    Article; Bucs finish with another 6-11 disappointing season.

    Webby: yeah but Winston had 5k yards and 33 tds.

    I guess it just depends on which side on the coin you’re looking at, right webby?

  16. webster Says:

    @ bucfan

    Nope it does not depend on what side of the coin you are on. Like i said every thing was not winston fault. And every article no matter the topic idiots like u bring up winston. Do u see posters bringing up 5 thousand yards on every post? Oh and by the way…every”article” in your analogy started out talking about winston so obviously the posters response should be about winston. The “articles” in my analogy had nothing to do with winston yet birdbrains will still talk about winston. Sorry you missed that in your failed attempt to yet again talk about and bash winston. You are to slow to understand you just proved my point. Too funny