Jay Glazer: Bucs Should Hire LovieOctober 2nd, 2013
Wow, it has gotten so crazy over at One Buc Palace — Joe has seen saner kindergarten classes — that insiders with a pulse of the team are already stating the Bucs should be looking for a new coach immediately, despite the fact Bucs commander Greg Schiano is still at the helm.
That coach should be former Bears coach Lovie Smith, says FOX NFL insider Jay Glazer.
In an odd twist of events, if one is to believe Glazer (who has one of the better batting averages of any NFL writer), Bucs commander Greg Schiano asked Josh Freeman to skip a meeting (or meetings) to create the impression to the other 52 men on the Bucs roster that Freeman once again missed a team meeting.
Now, why Schiano would go through such a time-consuming, elaborate ruse to shame a No. 3 quarterback whose days are numbered when there are bigger fish to fry — you know, like winning the first game of the year? This is beyond Joe.
Bucs rock star general manager Mark Dominik told Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times, (hidden behind the Times’ dastardly paywall) that he asked Freeman to stay in the training room (but his missed meeting would be an excused absence) and not attend a team meeting because Schiano wanted to speak with him about the turn of events Monday evening that rocked the very foundation of One Buc Palace.
But Glazer, in his Twitter feed, claims the timeline of events does not jive with Dominik’s explanation to Stroud.
This is all very confusing.
Joe’s head is spinning from the daily bombshells out of One Buc Palace and beyond. Each day it is dizzying.
Joe does know one thing, Schiano must have really PO’ed enough people that they are working overtime with their hand-picked favorite national writers to distribute scandalous information about Schiano in order to motivate Team Glazer to pull the rug out from under him before he finishes his second season.
As for Lovie Smith, color Joe lukewarm. He’s a Father Dungy football clone through and through. He rode the coattails of a fantastic defensive coordinator (Rod Marinelli) and his offense and hand-picked offensive assistants were, well, meh. Look, Mike Tice as an offensive coordinator? No wonder bratty Jay Culter was a mental patient last year. There’s a reason the Bears jettisoned Smith after posting a 10-win season in 2012 (think Father Dungy in 2001).
If the Bucs plan on developing a quarterback via the draft next spring, you don’t want someone like Lovie Smith picking the offensive coaches, unless you want him to produce Rex Grossman II and be right back where you started without a Bucs signal-caller in 2018.