More Lovie LoveMarch 30th, 2014
The theme continues with Bucs free agents. Last week, when the Bucs signed wide receiver Louis Murphy, the St. Petersburg native echoed what other free agents have said: they were wooed and wowed by head coach Lovie Smith.
Sure, the check is nice. But Smith is a major reason they put ink to paper. In a video interview by multimedia guru Scott Smith of Buccaneers.com, Murphy made no secrets he will be playing for his childhood favorite NFL team because of Lovie.
“Coach Smith is a great guy, a great stand-up guy,” Murphy said. From “friends who have played with him in Chicago, they have said nothing but great things about him. He’s looking for a lot out of me.”
Murphy, who played at Lakewood High School and at the University of Florida, had a couple of decent seasons with the Raiders in 2009 and 2010. While he has yet to crack the 1,000-yard (609 yards in 2010)plateau for a season, Joe really likes his average yards per catch.
For those still irked that Lovie is not going to throw fellow wide receiver Mike Williams overboard, Murphy’s yards per catch isn’t a whole lot different than Williams’ numbers, if you feel like reading anything into Murphy’s signing.
“It’s a dream come true for me and my family to finally come home,” Murphy said. “Being a Bucs fan growing up, it’s just awesome.”