It Was The Staff, TooMarch 23rd, 2014
When center Evan Dietrich-Smith signed with the Bucs, it marked yet another cog in the team’s massive roster makeover. Shoot, it seemed whenever Lovie was asked about the roster prior to the free agency dinner bell ringing, he would finish his answer with, “but we were 4-12.”
There was no question the Bucs didn’t think much of their offensive line. Three starters are gone and Joe wouldn’t be shocked if there is more movement.
Last week Dietrich-Smith appeared on “Movin’ the Chains,” co-hosted by Pat Kirwan and Jim Miller, heard exclusively on SiriusXM NFL Radio. And yes, a trend continued; Dietrich-Smith admitted a big reason he signed with the Bucs was Lovie.
But it wasn’t just because of Lovie, Dietrich-Smith noted an endorsement and assistants.
“Last year we had [running back] Kahlil Bell [in Green Bay] and he played multi-years with Lovie and had a lot of good things to say, and guys I know throughout the league who played for Lovie and had good things to say about how he ran his program,” Dietrich-Smith said.
“Then when you get down there, you can sense it. They have three head coaches on their staff. Leslie Frazier, Jeff Tedford and Lovie himself. The staff is stacked. It’s really cool. And that was a big part of the signing. If I wanted to go somewhere it would be; one, for a coach that knows how to win and, two, make sure he has a good staff.”
Sure, Tedford has never been a head coach on the NFL level but has significant college head coaching experience (as did Greg Schiano). But Joe understands where Dietrich-Smith was coming from. Tedford isn’t a football neophyte.
Joe assumes Dietrich-Smith meant he didn’t want to play for a coaching staff that had little experience, no matter how many zeros were on the check.