Evaluating The Roster Through Lovie GogglesJanuary 23rd, 2014
Other than calling it the “Rutgers defense,” Joe’s not quite sure what the heck kind of defense the Bucs were playing on many snaps last season. Clearly, Darrelle Revis and Dashon Goldson didn’t think the scheme made a load of sense, and neither did many former Buccaneers chiming in via various media.
That makes the current job of Lovie Smith and his staff that much harder.
Bucs icon Derrick Brooks joined Steve Duemig on WDAE-AM 620 yesterday and talked about how Bucs position coaches are now breaking down 2013 film of the roster and evaluating each player as to how he fits into Lovie Smith’s system, not how they performed with Greg Schiano. It’s an important and challenging detail, Brooks said.
“You can’t go out and improve this team until you understand what you got, and they’re going to go through and evaluate this team according to their rankings, their system of evaluation now that [Jason Licht] has been hired here,” Brooks said. “So you know you got the draft and free agency, all that stuff on one side, and obviously Lovie and his football staff evaluating the current team on this side. That’s what you go through the next couple of months in terms of building this team.”
Brook speculated that about 16 of the 2013 Bucs starters are in safe positions to return. Beyond that, it’s far more unknown.
As Joe has told readers, Andy Reid added more than 30 new players when he took over — and transformed — the Chiefs this season. Joe would be stunned if the Bucs don’t endure a similar house-cleaning, as well as the addition of Lovie’s former Bears players.
(Enjoy Brooks’ full interview below.)