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Last week head coach Lovie Smith said the decision at right tackle – to stay with Gosder Cherilus or reinsert Demar Dotson – would have nothing to do with keeping continuity along the offensive line, and everything to do with who they feel gives them the best chance to win. On Wednesday morning Smith concluded that that guy is Gosder Cherilus.

NFL: SEP 13 Titans at BuccaneersSpeaking in open locker room, a very honest Dotson admitted his disappointment about not getting back on the field, something he was led to believe would happen after being activated earlier this month.

“I was told last week that I would be back in the lineup and starting,” Dotson said. “But I was told this morning that I wasn’t and that Gosder was going to stay in there.”

Dotson, who was informed of the decision earlier in the day, seemed to feel deceived by Smith but said he understood the reasoning for keeping the same five men across the line.

“It’s tough, especially because I was told that I was (going to start),” Dotson said. “And then to be told next week that you aren’t… It’s hard to accept, but that’s the nature of the business. You kind of want to rely on what somebody tells you, but you have to realize that at the end of the day it’s a business.

“I was told that I guess continuity on the line (is a reason). They don’t want to take guys out right now and you can kind of understand that. But it’s still disappointing.”

Disappointing as it may be, Dotson realizes his commitment to the team and the fact that he, like Cherilus and Joe Hawley, is just one play away from the starting role.

NFL: OCT 26 Vikings at Buccaneers

“I just take it one day at a time,” he said. “I don’t know what tomorrow looks like or next week looks like. All I know is what I was told today, and that was that I’m not going to be the starting right tackle. That’s the way I’m approaching it.

“It’s hard right now, but I have to get into the mentality of being one play away. I just have to keep doing what I was doing and not worry about it.”

UPDATE (4:27 p.m.): Head coach Lovie Smith clarified his conversation with Dotson from last week, saying he would never make that kind of decision a week before Sunday.

“Demar Dotson was told last week that he would be active and ready to play this week,” Smith said. “I don’t give out starting positions a week in advance. I don’t know exactly where he got that. He was told he would be active and he practiced today.”

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Zach is entering his 3rd year covering the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as a writer for PewterReport.com. Since 2014, he's handled a large part of the beat reporting responsibilities at PR, attending all media gatherings and publishing and promoting content daily. Zach is a native of Sarasota, FL, and a graduate of the University of Tampa. He has also covered high school football for the Tampa Tribune and the NFL for Pro Player Insiders. Contact him at: zshapiro12@gmail.com
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pinkstob
pinkstob
5 years ago

The first two words I typed after PR posted a story that Dotson was holding out in hopes of a new contract were, “Trade him”. It may have seemed harsh at the time, but I consistently said that Dotson was overrated, especially as a run blocker. He also had too many penalties in pass protection. He may have been our best O-lineman at the time but so what, they all stunk! Now 4 of the 5 have been replaced and the 5th one (Mankins) did a major overhaul on himself this offseason and got better. Dotson was always a very… Read more »

drdneast
drdneast
5 years ago

To bad he can’t catch passes or we could use him as a TE instead of the malingering ASJ.

Horse
Horse
5 years ago

Pinkstob; I’m confused? How could we have traded Dotson before his injury; we needed him? He’s not a Free Agent next year and if we have to we can trade him later.

pinkstob
pinkstob
Reply to  Horse
5 years ago

No we didn’t need him that’s my point, that’s why I would have traded him. G. Cherilus was a free agent at the time Dotson held out so we could have traded Dotson and signed Cherilus and been in the same spot we are now. The 49ers has just had an injury to their RT so we could have potentially traded Dotson to the 49ers and signed Cherilus and not have any type of fall off. Or we could have traded Dotson and moved Pamphile to RT, he’s just as good as Dotson in my opinion. To your point, we… Read more »

Horse
Horse
Reply to  pinkstob
5 years ago

Pinkstob; got it. That does make sense.

macabee
macabee
5 years ago

If Dotson wants to start, then practice, perform, show them what you got. Lovie says he will play the best 11 on the field. Make sure you’re that guy. Make them play you! As Lovie likes to say, It’s as simple as that! Nice to have the depth though. Every week, it seems somebody limps off the field. Dotson will get his chance!

plopes808
plopes808
5 years ago

The way the injury bug has been biting us lately, it’s good to see more depth. I say we hold onto everybody we got right now. Dotson will have his shot to play at some point regardless if he’s starting or not

owlykat
owlykat
5 years ago

It is correct that Dotson does not have great trade value now, but he has much greater depth value to us because he can start at either tackle position if one goes down and there will be no fall off. Just like EDS has proven he too has depth value because he was decent at Guard when we needed him. We also know that Pamphile played well at LG and we will start him there when Mankins retires. So we now have an OL with chemistry and good backups so we can fix the Defensive holes in the next draft… Read more »

drdneast
drdneast
5 years ago

Pinkstob, you’re reading way to much into the how’s and whys a team places value on players and trades.
GM’s have a book that spells out exactly what each players trade value is and where they rank as far as their performance at their position.
He’s fine where he is right now.

EastEndBoy
EastEndBoy
5 years ago

Demar: you have fallen for the same dribble that we fans have been fed for a long time…never believe anything the coach tells you…the reality is he doesn’t know, he doesn’t care, he hasn’t considered it, he does know but is in denial, he is really thinking about whether he left the milk out after breakfast rather than listening to your question, he is practicing his “coach’s speak” in case Bellichek happens to offer him a job, and/or he really couldn’t give two hoots about you or your question and to provide you with a real, well-thought-out answer would be… Read more »

AZ_BUC_FAN4LIFE
AZ_BUC_FAN4LIFE
5 years ago

WOW, some of the things you guys come up with…lol. First of all Dotson graded out as a top 10 RT last year. Which is why the Bucs were looking at redoing his contract early. As for continuety, the only continuety you need as a tackle is with the guard next to you. Not the whole line. Cherilus was on the street, which means he didnt grade out last year. So to think he is better than Dotson, is funny. Also if he were on any other team, he would have come back as the starter. Why, because he is… Read more »

pinkstob
pinkstob
Reply to  AZ_BUC_FAN4LIFE
5 years ago

Dotson graded as a top 10 RT. Not a single RT went to the Pro Bowl. We didn’t have any great RT’s in the NFL last year. The difference between the 10th best RT and 20th best RT in the NFL last year was negligible. I didn’t say Dotson sucked, I said he was very replaceable and ultimately we easily replaced him. Now we have a guy sitting on the bench making…what about $4 million when we could’ve created more cap space and maybe picked up a 5th or 6th round draft pick in 2016. We’re currently missing our 5th… Read more »

scubog
scubog
5 years ago

Who knows what words were said? Apparently Lovie and/or Warhop said one thing and Dotson heard another. I do know this much. Our OL and RT Cherilus have performed better than expected. I must agree with Pink that I always thought Dotson was a bit over-rated by what I saw……not by what some stat geek concluded. I agree with keeping status-quo for now, but at the same time, would have no problem with giving #69 a few snaps to evaluate and be sure the best guy gets the nod. Same goes for Evan Smith who also has lost his starting… Read more »

AZ_BUC_FAN4LIFE
AZ_BUC_FAN4LIFE
5 years ago

Because Hawley is an upgrade…..Cherilus….not so much

macabee
macabee
5 years ago

Big Dot needs to take the high road here. Won’t help his case to get into a squabble with his coach – a squabble that Dotson will surely lose!
Whether Dotson is better or worse than Cherilus is not the question. The Bucs are going nowhere this year regardless of who is starting at RT.
Dot needs to be sure he’s in good standing when the off-season decisions are made regarding who will be a Buc in 2016! Doesn’t have the strongest negotiating position at the moment!

Horse
Horse
Reply to  macabee
5 years ago

Agree macabee. Dotson should keep quiet; i think it’s too late unless he says it all got straightened out and we’re good.

ColoradoBuc
ColoradoBuc
5 years ago

1) We have depth that I’ve never seen before on the O-line. Of course Dotson wants to start – everyone that is a backup should want to start. That is what gives you the depth.
2) Regardless of what Dotson thinks he was told,as a fan I want the players that give us the best chance to win starting first. In the case of the O-line, it may be a case of the best combination of players, even if one individual is better than another.

GoldsonAges
GoldsonAges
5 years ago

“Demar Dotson was told last week that he would be active and ready to play this week,” Smith said.
Huh?
Active and ready to play…….but you aint playin.
Maybe Lovie is a poor communicator?
No wonder our defense looks so confused.

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