You Don’t Need Offense For 10 WinsJanuary 6th, 2014
During a candid moment this afternoon, Lovie Smith metaphorically dropped his pants and revealed a philosophy about winning in the NFL.
It was no surprise, but it was still telling. Lovie is a defensive-minded head coach to his core.
He explained just how far a great defense can take a team.
“If you play great defense, you can win eight games. If you have great special teams, you can win 10. From there, you need offense,” Lovie told Joe and other media following his news conference.
Lovie went on to say that offense, the one you need to win 11 or more games, often requires a special player. Watching the current playoffs, Lovie said, shows they are “a lot about the quarterback.”
The new Bucs head coach also quipped, “For me, I got fired at 10-6, I guess 11-5 is a good year.” Lovie also amended the comment about great defense to included forcing a high amount of turnovers.
Joe has no problem with Lovie’s defensive philosophies. It’s what made him a darn good NFL coach. Joe’s hoping Lovie can take that next step — with an offense he doesn’t have now.
As for how far away the Bucs are, Lovie likes that foundation but was clear. The 4-12 record and no playoff appearances since 2007 “tells you all you need to know.”