Hoping For “Middle-Of-The-Road Offense”January 2nd, 2014
Seven-time Bears All-Pro center Jay Hilgenberg shared his deep angst — and deep love — for new Bucs head coach Lovie Smith today.
Hilgenberg has been part of the Bears Radio Network for years and spoke on WDAE-AM 620 this morning about how Lovie never could fix the Bears offense and forge a good offensive line.
But Hilgenberg wasn’t bashing in any way.
He’s a big Lovie fan, though Joe got queasy when Hilgenberg talked about how lucky the Bucs will be if Smith can develop “a middle-of-the-road offense,” then they’ll have a strong team.
“It is amazing the respect players have. If Lovie says, ‘Hey, you know, we need a little better pass rush this week,’ those guys come out and it’s noticeably different. He knows what buttons to push. The problem that Lovie got into in Chicago was the offense was never right. He could never get the offense right, mainly the offensive line,” Hilgenberg said. “I just think they had weak offensive lines for most of the time that Lovie was coaching here. And I think it kind of came down to the offensive line coaches. For some reason, Lovie just couldn’t get it fixed with the offensive line and what he wanted to do offensively.”
Hilgenberg also shared how much the New Lovie Order will resonate in the locker room. Players weren’t have fun, Hilgenberg said, under Greg Schiano. “The thing I like about Lovie is the players respect him, the players love to come to work. They want to win for Lovie, which is an amazing thing how he can create an atmosphere like that.”
Enjoy the entire Hilgenberg interview below.