Donovan Smith Crushed Cowboys

September 11th, 2021

Punishing defenders.

It wasn’t just Vita Vea.

When you think of teams that average over 30 points a game, you know, like the Bucs (!), you usually think of a team that’s slightly on the genteel side.

You know, all speed, all finesse, all skill and little physicality.

That sure isn’t the case with the Bucs. Joe has already documented just how much of a wrecking ball Vita Vea was in the 31-29 win over the Cowboys.

Then there was Donovan Smith. The veteran left tackle was part of that awesome Bucs offensive line that gave Tom Brady all sorts of time to pick apart the Cowboys’ defense.

Also, there was this play. Smith was abusing people. It looked like he was in a saloon brawl you see in an old western movie where dudes just look for guys to belt.

Looks like some Cowboys have damn sore ribs this weekend.

36 Responses to “Donovan Smith Crushed Cowboys”

  1. Medicated Pete Says:

    Best game he’s ever played. Now, be consistent.

  2. Buxszntkt Says:

    Joe, building up DS while Pete makes every effort to tear him down, lol!

  3. All lives matter Says:

    He really has played some inspired football since the bye last season. I was really down on him before that and was advocating moving him to RT but since then he’s really made me eat crow and I’m actually glad he proved me wrong. Keep it up DS78

  4. August 1976 Buc Says:

    All it took was Brady coming and D Smith is playing consistent now.
    He was solid in the postseason, and doing well again now.
    Is he perfect no, but a solid LT now.
    All along we see now it was his focus, not ability, when making some of his previous knucklehead plays of seasons past.

    The Brady affect is alive and well.

    GO BUCS!!!!!

  5. Delaware Bucs Fan Says:

    D Smith out there stacking bodies. Seems like a good dude and is dependable to show up for work every week. Glad he’s around. Once he leaves it’s going to be tough finding the next guy since we’ll be picking in the 30’s. Does Tristan do LT?

  6. Mike Says:

    Yep, I think Donovan is ready to be considered in the top eschelon of LT’s. He looks great out there!

  7. Devin DiPalma Says:

    Donovan has been the man for a while now. People need to just accept that he’s our left tackle and be grateful for what we have. He’s honestly top ten in the league at this point!

  8. lambeau Says:

    Delaware, Donny is only 28. Hell, Andrew Whitworth is going to be 40 this season. And I know a QB who can introduce Donny to some age-defying tricks.

  9. Jason Says:

    Pete nailed it. The biggest hole in Donovan Smith’s game has always been consistency. Last year he greatly improved in that area (I wonder what caused that lol). Now keep it up the rest of your career and you might just get a gold jacket! That’s right. I said gold jacket.

  10. SufferingSince76 Says:

    That was awesome to see. It’s great that he finally found his groove.

  11. DoooshLaRue Says:

    He is giving more effort, I’ll give him that.
    Watch the other linemen though. When they finish their first man they look for another one to block.
    Not Durable Donnie though.
    One and done.

    Top tier?

  12. Beeej Says:

    Blocking for the GOAT took Smith from a 5 (on a scale of 10) to an 8…mebbe 9. Saved us from having to spend another #1 pick on a LT

  13. godlovesbucs Says:

    Doosh- in the video posted, he literally did just that. Blocked 2 guys. #94 then #91. And Smith has typically done poorly against smaller faster ends/olb’s. Yet Micah parsons did little against him.

  14. Defense Rules Says:

    Bucs’ OLine used to be on the smallish side a number of years ago, but not any longer.

    o LT – Donovan Smith … 6’6″ and 338 lbs
    o LG – Ali Marpet … 6’4″ and 307 lbs
    o C – Ryan Jensen … 6’4″ and 319 lbs
    o RG – Alex Cappa … 6’6″ and 305 lbs
    o RT – Tristan Wirfs … 6’5″ and 320 lbs

    Not only are they some big guys, but they’re nasty when it comes to protecting Tom Brady. Our OLine’s can play smash-mouth football with anyone.

  15. Chris K Says:

    That was beautiful

  16. Kgh4life Says:

    Donovan Smith has always been a talented player, it’s his consistency which was the problem. He would games where be would look downright awful and others where he was dominant.

  17. firethecannons Says:

    finding motivation after multiple picks by Jameis was always the challenge

  18. Pewter Power Says:

    Yes great job helping chipping some other lineman’s defender. Where are the couple plays where his guy got around him with ease and into Brady’s face? Brady has such great pocket awareness he makes smith looks better than he is. Winston does not at all hence holding on to the ball and smith looking like the average tackle he is.

  19. Joe in Michigan Says:

    DoooshLaRue Says:
    September 11th, 2021 at 11:03 am
    He is giving more effort, I’ll give him that.
    Watch the other linemen though. When they finish their first man they look for another one to block.
    Not Durable Donnie though.
    One and done.
    Did you watch the video (above)? The video makes a mockery of your post.

  20. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    No sacks….two hits…..not bad for an entire Oline…..can’t do much better than that.

  21. RachelWatsonsThong Says:

    soooo, that wasn’t him with the false start at the begining of the game?
    Joe, if I want to change my name on here do I just start posting with it?

  22. godlovesbucs Says:

    Isn’t the job of the tackles to filter rushers around the pocket? The guard and center keep the front clean for the qb to step up. The tackles push the rushers around the back. Again, 2 hits all game and no sacks shows me they all did a good job against the pass rush. Remember, our d line got 7 hits and a sack on a more mobile qb, yet people are complaining about how we didn’t get enough pressure.

  23. buxszntkt Says:

    TB12 also helps these guys. If the play is not there he throws it away ! They do not have to protect as long as they had to with Jameis. They are all doing well, but they have the advantage over the past two years of very few prolonged plays.
    The TD to AB on Thursday seemed like an eternity watching TB hold that ball before launch.

  24. SB~LV Says:

    Finally he has a QB that follows the script and throws on time from the spot… if ya know what I mean Vern 😇

  25. Joe Says:

    Did you watch the video (above)? The video makes a mockery of your post.

    Of course he didn’t watch the video. Doosh has his mind made up Donovan Smith is rotten to the core and not a damn thing he does can convince Doosh otherwise. So why would he watch the video?

    The way (some) people b!tch about the Bucs cornerbacks and Donovan Smith, it’s a wonder the Bucs won six games last year never mind a Super Bowl. smh

  26. GMC hater Says:

    He’s definitely stepped up since Brady replaced Winston.

  27. Joe in Michigan Says:

    Good point, Joe!

  28. Brandon Says:

    Funny how a positive article about a guy that most intelligent people already knew was good and now people are changing their tunes. You people are so easy to manipulate. Smith has been solid for a long time, every game going against the opposing teams best pass rushers protecting the blind side… Brady made a difference, sure. Him getting the ball out on time was the biggest difference maker. You dummies ran Donald Penn out of town way before his time because he played in Arroyo’s awful offense protecting QBs that held onto the ball way way too long.

  29. DoooshLaRue Says:

    You guys are correct, I did not watch the video.

    I did however watch the whole game.
    He’s giving more effort and that’s a great thing for a 15 million dollar man to finally get motivated.

    Let me correct my statement above…..

    Durable Donnie RARELY takes on another defender after his initial assignment.

    I’ll keep my fingers crossed that he can stay “motivated” for the entire season.

  30. Joe in Michigan Says:

    Brandon: I know you watch film, so I’ll take your word for it. Dooosh, on the other hand, will only watch the film that’ll fit his narrative.

  31. godlovesbucs Says:

    I’m pretty tired of fans trying to run off solid players for their weaknesses. If some in the fan base had their way, this team would not have Mike Evans (no yac, effort), Vita Vea (health), Shaq Barrett (one year wonder), LVD (not a leader), D Smith (consistency), A.B. (crazy), Brady (old), Cappa and Marpet (small school guys), dean (inconsistent), SMB (soft) fournette (attitude, effort) Rojo (can’t catch, fumbles).


    I am not saying they are all stars with no holes in their game, but for most if not all of them, their strengths far outweigh their weaknesses. Let’s focus on that for a change.

    D Smith has battled consistency in his career. He has not battled injury. Frankly, a left tackle who at times blocks like a top 5 and at times blocks like a top 20 that you can count on to lace em up every week year in and out is a top 5-10 left tackle. And he should he paid like it. And as far as consistency goes, that has gotten much better over the last year or so.

    Look at the positive in these players, because their positives is why Tampa hoisted the Lombardi at Ray Jay last year.

  32. Joe Says:

    Look at the positive in these players, because their positives is why Tampa hoisted the Lombardi at Ray Jay last year.

    Amen. If these guys were the dogs some claim they are, no way Bucs make the playoffs.

  33. David Says:

    Some will just hate because that’s how they are.
    Donovan Smith is a top 1/3 left tackle now for the last couple of years.
    As the line has matured and gelled together throughout last year he has played better and better and is probably rather easily top 10 now.

  34. DoooshLaRue Says:

    Brady’s quick release and the fact that we rarely run to Durable Donnie’s side helps him look a lot better than he is.

    Top 1/3 OT the last couple of years?

    Go back and watch some film on DD from the first few games last year.

    Some of you guys …….. I swear

  35. unbelievable Says:

    Lol what a dooosh

  36. godlovesbucs Says:

    Some clamored to get Collins. The guy who just got benched for 5 games cause of ped’s and missed time last year. The durability alone puts “durable Donnie” in the top 1/3. If guys are missing they become much less valuable to the team, especially along the oline