The signing of Daryl Smith on March 17 didn’t get as much attention as the Brent Grimes or Robert Ayers additions, but the 34-year old linebacker comes in with a fairly impressive resume of his own and should bring more veteran leadership to Tampa Bay. Not to mention experience in Mike Smith’s defense.
Daryl Smith: Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images
On Monday head coach Dirk Koetter, who also knew Smith from his time in Jacksonville, said Smith’s knowledge of the game would be just as beneficial for the defense as his ability on the field.
“Not only is he a really good football player, but once you get to know Daryl and the type of guy he is, I think Daryl will be a really good sounding board,” Koetter said. “His experience, the players he’s played with in his career and the things he’s accomplished in his career I think will do nothing but help Lavonte (David) and Kwon (Alexander) continue to advance as players.”
Smith’s career, spanning over 12 seasons with the Jaguars and Ravens, consists of three postseason trips and two playoff wins. He’s played along side linebackers like Ray Lewis and Terrell Suggs, to name a few. And over the last three seasons in Baltimore, he’s posted 197 tackles, nine sacks and five interceptions while starting in all 50 games including postseason.
So while Danny Lansanah, the Bucs former Sam linebacker and current free agent, had a solid two seasons in Tampa Bay and was a practice squad-turned-starter success story, it’s clear the Bucs wanted veteran winning experience in the linebacker corps. In believing they have one of the best duos in the league in David and Alexander, the team looked to capitalize by adding a mentor on the field to help those two reach their potential.
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Hes a stop gap solution, but a darn good one. He can provide consistency, veteran leadership, and knowledge of the system. He should also benefit from coming off the field on third down as an older player trying to stay fresh. Im guessing we spend a mid round pick on his replacement for next year.
So far, no one has picked up Lansanah.
drdneast, not sure how Lansanah would play out in DC Smith scheme of speed and then more speed? By mid season I thought Lansanah already had lost another step.
Anybody heard who was the missing player on Monday?
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