Lovie Talks Richie IncognitoAugust 25th, 2014
Today, Lovie Smith, in maybe one of the more testy press conferences a Bucs head coach has had in recent memory, was on the defensive about the team’s decision to bring in shady offensive guard Richie Incognito.
Lovie, over and over, stated bringing in Incognito is just an interview to gather information, despite CBSSports.com’s Jason LaCanfora’s report that a physical is scheduled.
“As I said all along, if there is an available free agent we need more information on, we will look at them all and compare them to current roster,” Lovie said. “Nothing more than a visit.
“I think we are jumping the gun a little bit on bringing someone in. He is coming in for a visit. It’s no more than that. We haven’t signed anyone. We owe it to ourselves to compare our roster to what is out there and Richie is part of that.
“I’ve heard what happened down there [in Miami] but to me, it doesn’t hurt to talk to someone face-to-face with anybody that is available.”
Despite Incognito being unemployed since the debacle in Miami last fall, Lovie said the last time he saw Incognito play a game, he thought Incognito was “a pretty good football player.”
Despite the charred remains of a locker room Incognito left behind in the wake of his antics last year in South Florida, Lovie insisted if he didn’t think Incognito would mesh with his team, then he wouldn’t bring him in.
“Would I have a player on our football that would mess up our team chemistry? No, simple as that,” Lovie said. “I can’t assume [Incognito would be] the case. And to me, as you go through the process you look and you talk, face-to-face. I think you guys know me well enough to know that would I bring someone in here who would hurt what we have in our locker room? The answer is no. I can’t go on hearsay. I have to see that for myself. For every decision I make, it’s not just me. It’s everyone. If you look at our final-53, everyone is on board.”
Lovie also implied that if Incognito was as bad as some suggest, he would be behind bars serving a sentence.
Team leaders would be consulted, Lovie said, before any potential signing of Incognito.