It’s Lovie!January 1st, 2014
Team Glazer went back to the future and is hiring former Bucs linebackers coach (1996-2000) and longtime Bears chief Lovie Smith to be the next Buccaneers head coach, NFL Network is reporting.
Joe suspects it cost Team Glazer a fortune to hire Smith so quickly, given that he was still in demand for head coaching interviews around the NFL.
Joe’s glad the Bucs moved swiftly. They surely could have done worse than Smith, but questions remain about Smith’s ability to build an offense. He never had one ranked higher than 15th in the NFL during nine seasons in Chicago.
Lovie surely must have come to his interview with a distinct plan for the Bucs’ quarterback position and offensive coordinator, in order to give Team Glazer utmost confidence.
One thing is certain, incessant wacky defensive line stunts and give-up-the-booty defense will now be history. Nasty, Tampa-2 defense will return.
There is no official word yet on the hire from the Buccaneers, and it’s unclear whether Smith will come as a package deal with a general manager, such has his former Chicago boss and Tampa local Jerry Angelo, also a former Bucs employee.
Stick with Joe through the night for much more on this historic event.