No Controlled Scrimmages For LovieMay 27th, 2014
Some coaches are big believers that practicing against another team or, at least, someone with a different color jersey, not only gives a team a chance to see how players fare against fresh opposition, but it mentally breaks up the monotony of training camp.
It is sort of like having a fifth preseason game.
Former Bucs commander Greg Schiano was a believer. So too is his hero, Bill Belicheat. In the past couple of years, the Bucs have had intersquad scrimmages with Belicheat and the Patriots.
Last week, it was announced Belicheat and his Pats would scrimmage against the Redskins. So, what about the Bucs?
Not happening, said Bucs coach Lovie Smith.
“Don’t plan on doing it,” Lovie said. “I’m not one that buys into that. When we go against someone else, we want officials out there. We will use those for preseason games to get ready for the season.”
This is just another example of how Lovie differs from his mentor, Father Dungy. When Father Dungy ran the Bucs, he often had controlled scrimmages against other teams. Former Bucs star wide receiver Keyshawn Johnson popped into the media workroom at One Buc Palace and held court last year. One subject he discussed was how much he hated scrimmaging other teams.
Somewhere in SoCal, Johnson is nodding his head in approval of Lovie’s philosophy.