“A Little Bit Worried About The Consequences”

January 2nd, 2014

Respect returns to the Bucs locker room

It’s culture-change time again at One Buc Palace.

The “ultimate respect” new head coach Lovie Smith will command in the Bucs locker room will change the culture immediately at One Buc Palace. Former Bucs tight end Anthony Becht explained while talking all things Smith and regime change this morning on WDAE-AM 620.

“It gets you out of your comfort zone as a player. … They’re a little bit worried more about the consequences of not doing it right,” Becht said, saying players will know Smith and his experienced staff know what they’re evaluating. The contrast should be evident after the New Schiano Order, Becht said.

Joe’s willing to wager Gerald McCoy won’t be marching into defensive coaches’ offices begging to rush the passer without dancing first.

Interestingly, Becht said he believes Mike Glennon very well could be the guy for the new regime. But Becht cited the dropoff in performance quarterbacks often make from Year 1 to Year 2 could be among the factors that will have the new staff taking a strong look at other QBs. Repairing the plummeting performance of the offensive line, Becht said, very well may be the biggest priority.

Becht cautioned Bucs fans seeking immediate gratification. He reminded that Smith built a true lasting contender in Chicago and that doesn’t happen with quick fixes.

Enjoy the entire interview below. Joe recommends it.

32 Responses to ““A Little Bit Worried About The Consequences””

  1. adambomb418 Says:

    Lovie will demand a winning culture. In the words of Leeman Bennett, “I’m in favor of it.”

  2. Patrick in VA Says:

    I’m not sure that Becht has a good idea about the who Bucs’ fanbase is comprised of. After reading these blogs and the comments left by readers for a couple years now, I’m pretty sure that patience is not a virtue that is in abundance around these parts.

  3. Bobby Says:

    Yeah…they’ll be calling for Lovie’s head at the end of next season if we don’t make the playoffs. I mean after all, we only have to replace the entire offensive line, get a DE that can actually rush the QB, get a WR that can separate from a CB, and possibly replace the QB. But hey…we just have ‘too much talent’ to miss the playoffs again next year.

    I think Lovie will be light years better than Schiano but it won’t happen overnight.

  4. SSG Mike Says:

    Did he mention anything about the Consequences of inaction? Better coaching and schemes, while not easy to learn, are easy to adjust to when they make you better. Winning still cures all ails. Schiano couldn’t stitch together anymore than a few wins and that was the consequence. No wins = Fired for any coach. While I think most coaches should get 3 years if progress is being, Schiano’s teams didn’t show much progress at all. The best players on our team were still playing how they played and the lesser players still played how they played. Schiano couldn’t get more from any of his players on a consistent basis. Change was inevitable. Go Bucs!

  5. fritz50 Says:

    “I’m in favor of it.”

    Not sure, but I think you’re referencing John McKay’s comment about the the team’s ‘Execution’ following a particularly bad game. Still one of the most beloved of a multitude of McKay quips.

  6. fritz50 Says:

    Another (applicable to the previous regime) was one to the effect that ‘we couldn’t run, block, or tacle, but other than that we did OK’.
    Just a little , gratuitous pileing on, there.

  7. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    There is a very thin difference in talent between NFL caliber players and good coaching is essential toward maximizing that talent. This is what makes some players better when they change coaches.

  8. Oil Derrick Brooks Says:

    Bears under Lovie:

    1st – playoffs
    1st – playoffs
    1st – playoffs

    3 times to the playoffs in 9 years. You guys are really jazzed about this?


  9. Patrick in VA Says:

    @ODB – You’re right, we should have gotten one of the other coaches on the market with a better record. Better yet, we should’ve just gotten belichik from NE. He’s got a great playoff appearance record. Let’s just go grab him since clearly we can just go demand whatever we want and aren’t restricted to simply what is available to us.

  10. Oil Derrick Brooks Says:

    Or, instead of billionaires who don’t know football better than you or I, they could have hired an executive VP to make the hire. When have the Glazer sons ever shown the ability to make a good football hire?

    The boys probably have Malcolm locked up in a room on a ventilator somewhere. Malcolm is the only Glazer who knew anything.

    Tell me one time where trying to recreate something worked. Joe Gibbs?

    Is someone trying to tell me that the Tampa2 can be coached better than the guy who created it? Look at Dallas’ defense.

    And most of all, why the h_ell wouldn’t you hire your GM first?

    It couldn’t be a worse way of doing things.

  11. BigMacAttack Says:

    I’m looking for improvement and competitiveness. I would love to win right now and the Bucs very well may become the 2014′ Chiefs, but Lovie is Competent and not a rookie HC trying to reinvent the NFL like Dumbassano. Rod Marinelli, you know will do well, just by the way his former players talk about him and his defensive prowess.

    I bet Steve White was jumping up and down on the bed last night.

  12. Bucs Fan Since '76 Says:

    Oil DB is exactly right. We need to take a deep breath because this smells of panic. Lovie may be the be all end all but this scattershot process is not the model followed by successful organizations.

  13. Bucs Fan Since '76 Says:

    Bucs Fan Since ’76 Says:
    January 2nd, 2014 at 10:00 am
    PRBucFan – I sure hope you are right, but what makes you think they have a plan? They’ve never had one before, botching the Gruden firing, the Brooks release, and two consecutive coaching hires. This smells of panic, and appears really disjointed to me, like they have no clue what they are doing in terms of big picture, long range, strategic planning.

    For example, since when does an organization hire a coach with no front office structure in place. Frankly, that is an absurd move. What? We are going to allow a coach to pick a GM? That worked well with Gruden and Bruce Allen, right? Or are we going to let Lovie serve as the GM? If so, that would be a convenient way for the Glazers to offset Schiano’s remaining contract.

    And why all of a sudden is there talk about dropping Revis and his contract? If that happens it is a salary dump, pure and simple, regardless of the spin others put on it.

    Look, I am not trying to throw cold water on this thing. And frankly, I love the enthusiasm most are showing. We love the Bucs and want them to do well, but I have watched how differently the Boyz manage the Bucs versus Man U and I am troubled.

    Joe’s “Tap the Brakes” line seems appropriate for this whole damn thing. As badly as we have been screwed the last five years, we should demand a well thought process before letting the Boyz believe they’ve pacified us so they can get back to Man U.

  14. Patrick in VA Says:

    @ODB and Bucs Fan – What’s to say that we don’t have someone in place? I’ve heard some rumblings that Butch Davis may be taking over as GM. I don’t see how that would be implausible. Perhaps they’ve been looking in to this since we were 0-8

  15. Oil Derrick Brooks Says:


    And Butch Davis makes you feel hopeful? I have totally lost faith in the Glazers.

    This didn’t have to happen this way. The playoffs haven’t even started. There was plenty of time to do this the right way.

    I can’t believe people are hopeful about a Lovie Smith and possibly Butch Davis led team. The options are out there. Sometimes the best option is something you never considered. That’s why you hire a pro to lead the job search. This just strikes me as desperation. They want to sell tickets with a name, as opposed to actually building something important.

  16. BucNasty!!! Says:

    Bottom line is that we have a top 5 defense already with the addition of lovie so all we need is a competent oc to get our running back some stability we have a stable of great backs pound that rock till u need a breather then next man up until u catch your breath an when u stack the box we need a competent oc to mix up some screens and rub routes with multiple set formations to make easier throws and we’re set. We don’t need the next Peyton Manning. …Although if we can find him em I’m not opposed but we can be successful building and moving forward rather quickly . As long as the right structure is put out to help us succeed on the field…schiano that’s your cue to exit stage left lmao couldn’t resist 1 last dig at him ant the pop tart/pop star 🙂

  17. Bucnjim Says:

    I would guess they have someone and he has given the Bucs his blessing with the hiring of Smith. We’ll see the next few days though.

  18. Eric Says:

    Were jazzed because we’ve had zero playoffs for six years and total disaster for the last five.

    And Lovie went 10-6 his last year.

    Besides we had a coach who had six Division Titles in 11 years of coaching, with seven winning seasons and only three losing ones, and a Super Bowl, but everyone was overjoyed to run him out of town. Dungy only had one losing season here and multiple playoff appearances and he was run out of town.

    Hard to make folks happy around here. Coaches who make the playoffs every year and win multiple super bowls are kinda hard to find. Only one out there really and he is already employed.

    Ill totally take 81-63, that’s a damn good winning %. Compared to the last five years its awesome.

  19. BucNasty!!! Says:

    Odb could it be that they found there candidate they wanted and pounced on him? It’s not like he didn’t have other suitors beating down his doors for interviews so he clearly is doing something correct no? And maybe they valued lovie more then bevel and Roman and whoever else YOU thought was a better candidate. And how do u smell desperation because they didn’t throw there big fish on hold to wait to appease u lmao by the way I don’t kno for sure how competent the glazers football knowledge is but to say u kno better then the billionaires who owned a team for several years have been around football and business dam beer all there life’s but I guess your more qualified because u get a big birds eye view from nfl total access lmao I mean u may have extensive knowledge I don’t no sir but to paint your opinion as smarter then there’s because they’ve made mistakes on the way and u merely speculate is pretty absurd and asinine Imo but hey I personally know we’ll have a top 5 defense next year we just gotta spend our resources on making sure the offense catches up and hopefully exceeds our defensive expectations and we straight

  20. Eric Says:

    I have no idea why people keep bringing up Butch Davis as GM. That is not happening in a million years.

  21. Oil Derrick Brooks Says:

    “Compared to the last five years its awesome.”

    In a nutshell, that’s the problem. No demand for true greatness. No vision. Looking to the past. Of course it will be better than the last 5 years. What wouldn’t be? It’s like a battered wife who just wants a husband that doesn’t beat her.

    But, you expect Lovie Smith to regularly win the NFC South and go deep into the playoffs? Lovie is going to outcoach Sean Payton on a normal basis?

    He did it every third year in Chicago, in a division not as strong as this division, with ownership who spent money.

    Tell me this, would you truly be happy with this?

    2014 no playoffs
    2015 no playoffs
    2016 playoffs
    2017 no playoffs
    2018 no playoffs
    2019 playoffs
    2020 no playoffs
    2021 no playoffs
    2022 playoffs

    That was the best he could do. Could he do better? Maybe, but, he could also do worse in this division.

  22. Bucs Fan Since '76 Says:

    Not that he needs it, but I have to take up for ODB here. His criticism, and mine, is based largely upon the lack of any coherent plan or process. Certainly, what they are doing is inconsistent with the model employed by the traditionally successful sports franchises. Just look at how the Lightning, Rays, and 1996-2002 Bucs were managed. Listen, I hope Lovie takes us to a Super Bowl, but if he does it won’t be because the Boyz followed the traditional strategic plan followed by the best organizations.

  23. Eric Says:

    @ Oil

    So who did you want that has all these multiple playoff appearances as a head coach?

  24. McBuc Says:

    Oil. By your logic New England would never have brought bill back. Lovie is a well respected proven coach. This could have been in the works for a long time. Not sure how you can say a group known to be secretive about their plans has no plan. Lovie is a top candidate, how is that desperate? Your own name sake says it is a great hire.

  25. Oil Derrick Brooks Says:


    So, tell me Nasty. Name one great hire by the Glazer sons. Not Malcolm, but the sons.

    Name one.

  26. Eric Says:

    Oil who did you wan as head coach ad how many playoff appearances have they made as a head coach in the NFL?

  27. louden Says:

    “I’m pretty sure that patience is not a virtue that is in abundance around these parts.” -from Patrick in VA
    I think Becht means the same as D.Williams when he said “Bucs fans should demand greatness” or sth. like that.
    Bucs Fans (not all, but many) seem to have little clue sometimes. As examples: Believing what Shiano/Dominik preached in last offseason, with help of media (especially tampa times is such a crime to football minds, its not funny) (some even now believing it): Win-now mode. Bucs never ever had enough talent on team to do anything, but media-brainwashed fans thought “this is the year” (Revis trade – no matter what, at the certain time was BS too, it costs 2 high draft picks and lots of cap, while the Bucs should have stick to their re-building plan). Shiano/Dom – the Shianomik demon had to go – at the end, suddenly Fans weren´t about winning SuperBowl, it was blah blah playoffs..

    And now: Bucs fans shouldn´t expect: Good HC, good team, yeah playoffs next season.. A lot of things have to fall in place (finally finishing that team building – that was the main thing, what doomed the Shianomik. They went win-now, even if it didnt make any sense at the time – just to sell the product to the brainwashed-stupid-fans!!)
    Thank god, there are Joe´s out there, looking to educate some Fans..

  28. OB Says:

    Does anyone know for sure who the OC is going to be or could he surprise us with say the coach we had for, I believe it was receivers, who is now a HC in the college ranks, I am not saying it is him just someone like him.

  29. Eric Says:

    Oil it appears you want to bitch but have no viable alternative candidate.

  30. BucYou Says:

    Butch Davis is a loser. He screwed UNC football program, is still being paid by them, hasn’t won anything since UM days when team was handed to him.

  31. trubucfan22 Says:

    Odb- if you have no faith in the glazers then you essentially have no faith in the bucs. since you have no faith just turn in your fancard and move on bro.

  32. Mike Says:

    Oil D.B., I believe you are jumping to conclusions way too fast. Lovie may very well turn out to be an awesome choice. Playoffs 3 times (w/One Super Bowl) in 9 years is better than we have done for the past 10 years. Secondly, he may have learned from his stint to keep hands off the offense and let the O.C. do that. If so, we are “golden”. Yes, i am juiced for the opportunity. Lovie is a good guy, good coach and will command respect. Give it a try and back off the negativity.

    If the real Derrick Brooks likes it, it is fine with me. You are a Derrick Brooks impersonator. Both Brooksie and Dungy love the hire. No offense, but I believe they may know a tad more than you do!