When it comes to describing the Bucs offensive line linebacker Danny Lansanah does it best.
"Oh definitely they are big nasty guys out here,” said Lansanah. “But they're lovey huggy bears in the lockeroom.”
Lovie likes his defense's perspective.
"Our defensive guys said that,” asked Smith with a smile. “Well, that's definitely a start. We would definitely like to be nasty and tough, physical when we describe our defensive and offensive line. That's the mentality, of course, that we are going to have. In our division that's a mentality we will have to have. I think we'll have it."
The Bucs lacked nasty last season and protection. They ranked 25th in the league and last when it came to penalties. It's the reason the Bucs used two second round picks in this year's draft for left tackle Donovan Smith and guard Ali Marpet. Center Evan Smith likes this lines potential and he has a prediction.
"Once we start getting that run game going, especially down here in this heat. It's going to be big trouble for a lot of teams,” said Evan Smith.
So far Doug Martin and company are find holes to run through.
"Hey man we need them to makes those holes and we need to do our job,” said defensive end William Gholston. ”That's the best thing about working with your teammates. They give us the best look they can and we give them the best look we can. We just counteract off of that."
For Jameis Winston to have success, it starts with the five men up front. In particular it starts with Logan Mankins, who Lovie Smith is pointing to as the offensive's leader.
"I think, specifically, you have to have a defensive lineman and an offensive lineman be leaders that you talk about,” said Smith. “That's why we have such a good locker room, because we have (defensive tackle) Gerald McCoy on the defensive side and we have (guard) Logan Mankins on the other side. It starts with them and it trickles down from there.”
The pieces are place and now they just have to perform.