Offensive Head Coach Is CriticalDecember 31st, 2013
Joe’s got nothing against Lovie Smith or his five winning seasons in nine years in Chicago, but the dreadful offenses he consistently produced represent a red flag as huge as the one that swirled around the Bucs offense in 2013. You remember, the one that only scored 83 points in the second half of 16 games this season.
Anything that ugly is on the head coach. Is Lovie really the guy to pull the NFL’s worst offense from the depths of hell?
The reality is the Bucs need a new quarterback to compete.
They need a franchise-caliber quarterback, and an offense-first head coach is the best way to solidify the position for years to come.
The Bucs don’t need a defense-first head coach who will bring in a shiny, new offensive coordinator that will bolt for a head coaching job the minute he’s successful.
Let’s play fantasy for a moment: Imagine if the Bucs offense this year, under Josh Freeman or Mike Glennon, matched its 2012 performance (9th ranked in the NFL). Sullivan surely would have been lost this offseason for a head coaching job somewhere. Glennon or Freeman would have been stuck with a new system to learn, which is risky and typically bad for a young quarterback.
The best option for long term success is to have an offensive mind at head coach. Joe can’t see anything wrong with Ken Whisenhunt. The man is proven. He got it done in Pittsburgh as offensive coordinator with a young Ben Roethlisberger. He took Arizona to the Super Bowl. This year, he resurrected Phillip Rivers in San Diego.
Lovie Smith never had an offense ranked better than 15th in nine years. Joe just can’t embrace that, not in the NFC South, not with an offense that’s currently in shambles.