Brooks’ Respect Elevated LovieJanuary 7th, 2014
The A-Train, Mike Alstott, was among the ex-Buccaneers in the house yesterday when Team Glazer unveiled Lovie Smith as the 10th head coach in Bucs history.
Alstott had all kinds of great things to say about Lovie, and the two men, who clearly hadn’t seen each other years, embraced and talked about getting together as the crowd thinned out.
Joe asked Alstott if there was a time or moment when Lovie was a Bucs linebackers coach that let Alstott know Lovie was head-coach material.
Alstott explained that the level to which Derrick Brooks revered Lovie resonated throughout the Bucs during the Tony Dungy era.
“When you have the best linebacker in the history of football that respects the coach immensely, and [Lovie's] a father figure, you know, there’s just so much respect for that whole era of coaches that we had underneath Dungy,” Alstott said.
Alstott talked about how Lovie is a “big technique guy” and praised his “mentoring ability.”
Backhanded shots at Greg Schiano, Chucky and Raheem Morris were not Alstott’s goal, and he referenced that he wasn’t trying to bash prior regimes, but Alstott emphasized repeatedly that current Bucs are “going to be treated as a man” and that will make a difference.
He also said Lovie and the brand of football he’ll deliver should restore that “hunger” and “desire” for fans to get back in the stadium “and onto the bandwagon.”