Lovie Praises Greg Schiano LeadershipJanuary 7th, 2014
Life wasn’t all bad under Greg Schiano. Well, maybe it was, if you just look at wins and losses, but new Bucs head coach Lovie Smith digs a little deeper.
Speaking on WDAE-AM 620 this morning, co-host Tom Jones asked Lovie to share his thoughts when he watched the Bucs during the second half of the 2013 season.
Potential and unity impressed him, as well as Greg Schiano’s leadership.
“Seeing the potential to do better things,” Lovie said. “Of course I brought up the Seattle game, you know to be able to go on the road in a hostile environment like that and have the type of effort that we saw from our Buccaneer football team. And there was a lot of things going on through the course of the season, just keeping the group together. I thought Greg did a great job keeping the team together and kept fighting right up until through the last game played. I saw a lot of potential offensively, defensively throughout. [They dealt] with a lot of adversity but still finished strong.”
Joe’s not surprised Lovie acknowledged his predecessor. There was a lot of bizarre baloney swirling around the Bucs and they battled consistently, though a good chunk of that drama falls on Schiano and former rockstar general manager Mark Dominik for allowing it to happen and to infect the environment (No, that isn’t a MRSA reference.).
Lovie must be encouraged. He saw an immensely talented Bucs defense playing hard and failing. That had to tell him coaching was at the root of the problem.
Lovie can fix that defense quickly, and as he said yesterday, that will be good enough to avoid a losing season.
Enjoy Lovie’s complete Tuesday interview below.