Donovan Smith Talks Chemistry

November 25th, 2022

Has something changed on the Buccaneers’ offensive line or are guys just playing a little better, along with Nick Leverett being an upgrade at left guard?

Left tackle Donovan Smith was asked about the biggest key to improvement on the the O-line during his chat with the Salty Dogs website, an official team show.

Joe thought Smith would just say something vanilla like players are just executing better, but he went a little deeper.

“Just chemistry, honestly,” Smith replied. “To be able to understand and know how players play and what, you know, what’s needed, how they think on the field and everything like that plays a part. So chemistry as well, but then just everybody progressing as a player, winning your 1-on-1 battles. That’s the biggest thing out there.”

Joe hopes Smith is accurate. Because if chemistry was an issue and it’s now improved, then that shouldn’t fade away. That would represent lasting change if the current line can stay healthy.

Smith is very confident. “Put it on our back,” he says.

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14 Responses to “Donovan Smith Talks Chemistry”

  1. George Says:

    Need to bench Goedeke and play Leverett for rest of season

  2. SB~LV Says:

    Results from an established roster does not equate with the record

  3. Beeej Says:

    It has to be awkward for Donnie to say “We’re tons better with Nick in at left guard”

  4. D-Rok Says:

    We need to have a poll:

    Chance of fan mutiny if Goedeke plays and Leverett does not:
    A: 98%
    B: 97%
    C: 96%
    D: 95%

    Margin of error: 2%.

    All sarcasm aside, let’s hope the line continues to improve and play well.

  5. Goatfarmer Says:

    Chemistry, and Goedonkey plays like a matador.


  6. Hodad Says:

    Goedeke needs to eat more glass.

  7. Redeemer Says:

    Doesn’t chemistry on an offensive line, come with playing with the same group? Goedeke got benched, so I guess not. Leverett just isn’t a turnstile, and can actually move a defensive lineman.

  8. D-Rok Says:

    Speaking of chemistry, how ya feeling this fine day, Redeemer? I believe you stated yesterday you were imbibing a Tom Brady special rehydration elixir; namely, EtOH-laden dihydrogen monoxide, with hints of oak.

    Me, I’m good. Went clean and dry yesterday so as not to bring family shame (again) on Thanksgiving, but now I’m back to my normal routine, now that the relatives dissolved back into their respective domiciles, and it’s business as usual!

    Oh yeah, GO BUCS!!! chemistry and stuff.

  9. Redeemer Says:

    Thankfully D-Rok, I ate enough to mitigate the hangover.

  10. Kgh4life Says:

    Garret gonna turn Smith into a turnstile come Sunday. No amount of chemistry is going to fix that. Brady better get the ball out quickly.

  11. steele Says:

    It goes without saying that the longer a unit works together, the better the chemistry. The issue is the quality of this unit versus last season’s and before. Whether Jensen/Marpet/Cappa have been completely replaced and, yes, upgraded, and whether they did anything at all to address the glaring hole in this, a final Tom Brady season. If the answer is no, then the job is not done, and questions remain.

  12. Goatfarmer Says:

    You fans that criticize the Bucs aren’t real fans. Real fans only splat out empty platitudes about loving the team right or wrong and all.

    Yay Todd! Yay ByMron! You guys can almost score 20 points a game, sometimes 21!


  13. garro Says:

    The Chemistry word is over used. Yes you do have to know what the guys next to you are doing on any particular front. But after the preseason and after getting the game plan installed it should just be execution. These guys are pros.

  14. Buddylove Says:

    You can’t just replace guys that have played together for the last 2 years and not expect hiccups. Jensen going down, along with his attitude was big. He is the anchor of that line. You got 2 rookies in there and a new guy, then Stinnie goes down. What Smith said is correct, it’s an intricate ballet of sorts with big guys and communication, just like a receiver group and the QB.