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    I know J Smith is disappointed. But, he will play and get some good snaps in. Plus, I do believe the starting line-up will change as needed. Go Bucs!

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    There will be plenty of snaps to go around.
    Perhaps Smith and Koetter feel the Falcons will lean more towards the run at the beginning of the game, as aspect that Gholston is better suited for defending.
    The more third and longs the defense puts the Falcons in, the more Smith will see the field.

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    Smith is a better pass rusher by far. I think they are just worried he might get injured trying to rotate guys and keep him fresh. Gholston is a better run stopper. Smith stays healthy guarantee he will have more sacks than Gholston.

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    This is a GOOD “problem!” Depth at DE! Gholston is, IMO, also valuable on the inside where there is more of a depth problem.
    But as of today, this team has made great strides as far as rushing the QB goes and that can only help our much improved secondary all the more.

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    Gholston has disappointed as and I thought he would become a force. I have no clue why J. Smith thinks he’s better as they manhandle him on most of the plays. Sure he gets some sacks, but he is not a run stopper and most time is taken out of the picture when pass rushing.

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    Smith is a pass rush specialist, not an evrry down player

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    The Defense really looked good in the Preseason, and if that continues we are really going to have an exciting team this year. The Bucs led the NFL during the preseason with 16 sacks. I just hope we can stay healthy and our backups show us more if they are called upon. Smith will probably see plenty of action. I think the big surprise is that Noah Spence may not see much at all. I wonder if his problem if there is one is that he is basically a tweener ? Not big enough to play end, not small enough and fast enough to play linebacker. It will be interesting to see if he plays in obvious passing downs.

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    Gholston has improved every year. He’s just not an off the edge sack artist that folks tend to notice. He’s a good all around DE who doesn’t get driven off the ball on running plays. My guess is that all of the defensive linemen will play. Who runs out of the tunnel is insignificant.

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      Yup. Who starts in the rotation this season is not the point. ALL those guys are going to get significant snaps. McCoy and Ayers probably the most. REALLY am excited over the prospect of actually having an effective pass rush again!

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        Agree, I’m excited to see what N. spense will bring to the rush which I believe will be more than J. Smith. Heck I hope both are big time sackers. Go Bucs!

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    Gholston will move inside on most passing downs anyway so Smith will see the field plenty.

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    Smith doesnt see it but this is actually a good thing for him. He’s too slight of build to be an every down DE and is at his best on 3rd and longs. Bringing a fresh Spence and Smith in on 3rd downs will be scary.

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    It’s because he seriously is the best run stopping DE in the league . I know it seems crazy , but focus on just his game more often and see how he changes the run game . He’s a boy 6-7 and has a 7 foot wingspan . His long arms just grab ball carriers as they are trying too run past him . He usually has a RT on him and he still manages too bring down the RB haha. Problem is he ha no pass rush moves really , or maybe he does but he’s just too slow . I really doubt he’s too weak . He’s aggressive and is a beast . He’s gonna serve a great purpose on this run game . My only question is why wouldn’t he play on the other side ? Just for run down plays of course . Ball carriers usually go left and if he can stop #1 rbs from going left he basically shuts down every teams running game virtually . That’s gonna be important if teams get ahead of us and we want too try too come back and make it a game . Guess it don’t quite matter now because ayers is good at stopping the run too.

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      Could be because Ayers and L. David are there on the right side. Might be McCoy and Gholston discourage running on the left side and they spring the trap on the right side with L. David quickness?

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    I’m not sure Smith is only a pass specialist and slight of build at 6’2″ 260? Gholston is 6’6″ and 280. Smith does need to improve in run game though. He’s been unlucky with injury but the guy has played 1 year so not enough data for me to say he’s too small to stay healthy or can’t play every down. Gholston is a non-factor in pass game to me. I’ve watched him and have hoped he would do something but he hasn’t.

    It does sound like doesn’t matter much who starts as Smitty really likes to rotate guys.

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    I think we’re all aligned here that this seems like a good decision…I suspect the coaches went back and watched how Washington ran all over us (yes it was preseason) and wanted to make sure ATL didn’t get any fancy ideas about doing the same…Gholston much better against the run!

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