A day after his offensive line, particularly the guards, struggled in the preseason opener, Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Lovie Smith had some words for fans ready to hit the panic button.

“'Don’t overreact,' is what I would say," Smith said. “[The media] don’t lead the charge to start overreacting. Let it play out a little bit in the preseason. Just like when you come out of the first preseason game, don’t start printing up the Super Bowl tickets or cutting everybody on the team. Just let things play out a little bit. That’s what preseason games are for. The first live action this football team has had was last night. From there, give us a little bit of time and then we’ll see what we need, if we need something else."

But Smith wasn’t defending what he saw out of the guards in Friday night’s 16-10 loss to Jacksonville.