Insider Insight On Lovie SmithJanuary 2nd, 2014
Gabe Gabriel was a football operations staffer and scout with the Chicago Bears when new Bucs coach Lovie Smith ran the team. He offered insight this morning on the “Ron and Ian Show,” heard on WDAE-AM 620, as to what made Lovie click in Chicago and what his weakness were.
Gabriel also explained what the hiring of Lovie before a general manager may mean for the power structure at One Buc Palace.
Gabriel touched what Joe speculated earlier, that the timing of Lovie’s hire is an indicator of the new chain of command.
“Lovie was hired first, which usually means he has the power, the control over the roster,” Gabriel said. “When Jerry [Angelo] was in Chicago [as GM], he had control of the roster. You know, whether Jerry would be interested in that [structure] remains to be seen.”
Of course, Bucs fans likely will never know whether Smith also is the new personnel chief, regardless of his title or the presence of a new GM. Can Lovie deliver with that kind of control? Bucs fans might be seeing a slightly different look than what was on the field in Chicago.
Enjoy the interview. Gabriel’s a fan of Lovie and goes into his focus on offense and much more.