Lovie Sings Praises Of Tim WrightAugust 21st, 2014
The ups and downs and twists and turns of Bucs preseason, the inaugural season of the Lovie Smith regime, took another hard left turn in the straightaway today. In a slightly surprising move during his post-practice presser, Lovie sang the song of satisfaction when discussing Bucs tight end Tim Wright.
Mind you, this is the same Tim Wright who found himself in Lovie’s doghouse when Lovie called out Wright for suddenly displaying inconsistent hands and not being the most crisp blocker.
Granted, no one expected Wright to block like Jimmie Giles, but Lovie’s stern words earlier were a surprise.
When asked today if Wright now found himself on the bubble, Lovie made certain everyone watching knew Lovie really, really liked Wright.
“He’s responded well,” Lovie said of his public spanking on Wright. “Let me go back and talk on Tim, I love Tim Wright as a football player. You go through spells where you don’t play your best ball for a short period of time. When I talked then, it was a little period of time where Tim hadn’t played his best ball, but you look at the big picture, Tim Wright has been a good football player for us, we like what he’ll be able to do.
“There have been other days where I talked about going forward what we’re going to do with him, you can split him out and the matchups we’ll have with safeties and linebackers. You can catch me at any time and I might be disappointed in a player, but big picture, no there’s no disappointment with Tim Wright. We like him being on our football team.”
It was a stunning development to Joe earlier this week when Lovie called out Wright. Some even speculated he might not be on the team after the Bucs cut down to the final-53 in two weeks.
Joe guesses now Bucs fans, after the latest Lovie curveball, can start to wonder if it is now Luke Stocker who needs to be renting.