Unhappy Lovie Focuses On Lost Takeaway ShotsAugust 8th, 2014
The smile in Lovie Smith’s voice disappeared tonight.
Yeah, it’s just a preseason game, but the leader of Lovieball doesn’t like to lose and his tone was clear on the Buccaneers Radio Network after the game.
“We didn’t do anything well enough,” Lovie said. “It starts up front. Protection-wise … we weren’t able to secure enough holes to run the football.”
But it was the defense that was under Lovie’s skin. There is one crystal clear hot button for Lovie since the day he arrived: takeaways. Lovie expects his defense to lead the NFL in that critical category, like his defenses did a few times in Chicago.
So it was no surprise Lovie was dialed into those lost opportunities. Joe sure wouldn’t want to be Major Wright, who dropped a first-quarter interception chance on a ball thrown into his belly.
“Three balls we had our hands on [on defense.] That’s the difference. They converted. We didn’t,” Lovie said.
If you’re wondering what the Bucs’ defense will be drilled on in their meetings rooms on Sunday morning at One Buc Palace, you can safely bet it will be locking down takeaways. Lovie surely knows he won’t win a lot of games this year without them.