Glazers “Didn’t Like That Environment”January 10th, 2014
Lovie Smith landing as the 10th head coach in Bucs history wasn’t too much about Xs and Os, says Bucs icon and 2014 Hall of Fame finalist Derrick Brooks.
Team Glazer could not longer tolerate the New Schiano Order.
“Bringing the environment, and I think that was probably more critical in this interview [of Lovie]. They didn’t like that environment last year. That’s not the Glazers,” Brooks told Steve Duemig of WDAE-AM 620.
“And bringing a calmness to that, you know, some may argue (laughs) that probably could have been 60-to-70 percent of the interview and Xs and Os could have been another 30.
“You listen to their press conference when they talked about why [they hired Lovie]; “he’s the right guy at the right time, to be our head coach.’ That said everything to me. Xs and Os in that quote? We’re going to look at it and evaluate it. (laughs) But he’s the right guy. So they obviously were convinced in his plan and felt very good about him as a man and his plan for the entire organization and that environment.”
Brooks went on to say the Bucs got better “without taking a snap” and speculated that Lovie will have pressure on him to win very quickly, given the talent in place on the roster — talent Tony Dungy didn’t have in 1996.
“The results are going to have to be sooner rather than later, and I truly believe they will be,” Brooks said.