McCarthy: Expect Energy, FundamentalsFebruary 21st, 2014
For the better part of the last decade, Mike McCarthy and the Green Bay Packers have pretty much owned the NFC North. That is, unless Lovie Smith and the Bears rose up and batted the Packers away with a big ol’ paw.
As we all know, Lovie is no longer in Chicago. He’s with the Bucs. And his old foe in the frozen, snowy north thinks the Bucs couldn’t have found a better man to lead the Pewter Pirates out of a playoffless rut.
The Super Bowl-winning coach had his moment with Joe and assembled NFL media in windy Indy today at Lucas Oil Stadium, and Joe was able to buttonhole McCarthy for his take on Lovie.
In short, McCarthy said, Bucs fans can look forward to good football.
“I think love an excellent coach,” McCarthy said. “The things I always look for in an opposing coach are, are the players doing what they are taught to do? His teams were always fundamentally strong. You could always see, schematically, what they were trying to do. They all did it the same way. They [brought] energy. I think Lovie will do a great job in Tampa Bay.”
That was refreshing. The Bucs will be fundamentally sound and bring energy? That’s what Joe calls good football. They won’t beat themselves too often.
The more Joe speaks to Lovie and Jason Licht, and the more Joe hears from the giants of the game about Lovie and Licht, the more Joe is anxious for football season.
Winter has returned to Indianapolis today. But Joe’s in a summer training camp frame of mind.