Lovie & Staff Embrace Steve WhiteMay 21st, 2014
Hours after taking the Buccaneers head coaching gig, Lovie Smith said he was eager to get former Glory Days Bucs into the mix of his regime. They’d be welcome with open arms to mingle, mentor, or motivate, Lovie said.
Well, Lovie was true to his word.
Former Bucs defensive end Steve White (1996-2001), former author of the renowned “Bull Rush” column on JoeBucsFan.com, is now a coaching intern on Lovie’s staff. Of course, White’s focus is on the defensive line.
White is not new to coaching, having served on Jim Leavitt’s staff at South Florida.
Like Bucs defensive line coach Joe Cullen, White learned for years under Rod Marinelli, Lovie’s close friend and former Bears defensive coordinator, and the renowned D-line guru of the Bucs’ glory days.
Getting to know White personally over the years, Joe couldn’t be happier for White and the Bucs. Joe’s not sure he’s ever met a more devoted student of the game — who wasn’t actually employed in football. A devoted Bucs fan and local resident, White has reached out, at times over the years, to Bucs defensive linemen to offer his guidance free of charge. Joe won’t get into specifics, but White has gotten opportunities to share his wisdom.
Joe remembers White, on these here pages many years ago, documented why Michael Bennett had all the makings of a future superstar and should have been a starter in 2010, and White called for Bennett to get a contract extension before his breakout season of 2012. White’s been keeping busy in various sports media of late, but now he’s back in the game.
Again, White is a coaching intern. Those positions are very temporary, but Joe has a hunch White will make the most of the opportunity.
Good luck, Steve! And listen up, DaQuan!