Lovie’s “Four Ps”January 8th, 2014
Every head coach has catch phrases, and they often come in fours.
With Raheem Morris, it was play “hard, fast, smart and consistent.”
Greg Schiano? “Toes on the line!” or “Just do your job!”
It seem Lovie Smith might have a favorite, as well.
Bucs coordinator of pro scouting, Shelton Quarles, a Bucs glory years starting linebacker, shared memories of Lovie in a Buccaneers.com video.
Quarles said Lovie “always talked about loafs” when he was the Bucs’ linebackers coach under Tony Dungy. Poor effort was not tolerated in practice, said Quarles, who recalled a time when Lovie transitioned into grading his linebackers in practice the same way he did a game, including, tackling “to the ground.”
And then there was the catch phrase:
“One of the things that he talked about all the time was the four Ps: preparation prevents a poor performance,” Quarles said. “And so, in saying that, he allowed me and motivated me to do the best I could when I was studying so that way I would be ready to go on the field.”
Joe likes the four Ps. Greg Schiano surely was a preparation freak, but working hard and working smart are two different things.
Under Lovie, Joe suspects the Bucs won’t wilt like a dead flower and get pummeled in the second halves of games.