Best Move: Lovie SmithJuly 3rd, 2014
Man, the offseason has been long for Joe. Long because there has been so much news over at One Buc Palace since the demise of Greg Schiano, it seems like two or three years ago.
New coaches and new players, coaches shown the door, players escorted out. A new general manager. It has been a whirlwind of activity.
Per Andrew Astleford of Fox Sports Florida, the best of all the moves made by the Bucs when was Team Glazer lured Lovie Smith out of his famous suburban Chicago basement to take over the team.
No debate here. Smith’s arrival to replace Greg Schiano brought instant credibility to a franchise in need of a strong leader on the sidelines. More than anything, Bucs fans needed a reason to believe in the direction of a team that had become lost during the failed Schiano and Raheem Morris eras.
Time will show if Smith has the acumen to lift Tampa Bay to the playoffs for the first time since the 2007 season. But here’s guessing he will achieve the goal sooner rather than later. His history says as much. He owns a valuable awareness for Tampa Bay after serving as the Bucs’ linebackers coach from 1996-2000, and his time leading the Chicago Bears from 2004-2012 (an 81-63 record with three playoff appearances) hints at future success. A fan base that needs reason to be eager again hopes similar results come their way.
Naturally, the defense is in good hands with Lovie. If the Bucs do nothing else this fall, they will go after the quarterback more and you won’t see bizarre, PlayStation-like defensive schemes, like having Adrian Clayborn cover Darren Sproles on pass plays.
Despite how good Lovie’s defense may be, in the end, he will be judged here by how the Tampa Bay offense develops.