Is Lovie Feeling The Loss?May 19th, 2014
The big news of the weekend was Bucs head coach Lovie Smith identifying an “area of concern.”
That was relatively harsh Lovie language in what has been a honeymoon-like overhaul period for the Bucs roster.
Punt returner was the named position of interest for Lovie, and that got Joe researching.
Of course, legendary Devin Hester was Lovie’s treasured return man for many seasons in Chicago. Joe learned that Hester claims the Bucs wanted to sign him and they made his final-4 among several teams interested.
Hester signed with the Falcons. And here’s his quote to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Q: What other teams were interested in signing you?
A: We had about 13 teams. We kind of (narrowed) it down to about four teams: Tampa, the 49ers, a little bit of Miami and Seattle came into the pict
Joe’s seen many reports out of Chicago claiming Hester and Lovie were very tight. So Joe’s going to guess Hester’s choice of Atlanta was about money, though Hester claims the Falcons showed the most interest and are on the cusp of a Super Bowl. Hester’s contract is three years/$3 million per year.
Joe’s going to guess Lovie and Jason Licht stood firm to their perceived financial value of Hester versus Eric Page, who was ranked tied for 13th among full-time, NFL punt returners last season.
But is Lovie regretting that stance? His comments this weekend sure made it sound like he is.