Lovie Wants 49ers, Seahawks ModelJanuary 14th, 2014
New Bucs head coach Lovie Smith took a year off from football to recharge, relax and re-evaluate all things Lovieball.
He handpicked his offensive guru in Jeff Tedford, but don’t expect significant changes from the head coach.
During his recent visit on Pro Football Live, Lovie explained that his desires and principles haven’t changed.
“Your core system on what you believe is always tested. And that’s what happened with me in Chicago,” Lovie said. “I came in with a way in mind that we were going to win football games, and I believed in that. And I’m talking about, you know, a physical running attack on the offensive side of the ball with big play ability in the passing game, a defense that played hard every down, that relied on takeaways, you know the turnover ratio determines the winner of the game. And then putting a big emphasis on special teams, having a special returner that can change the game. And then having good skill specialists. We’re going to try to use the same format.”
Interestingly, Lovie said he thought his Bears had “an efficient offense that played to the strengths of, you know, what we were as a defensive team in Chicago.” Joe’s not sure what that actually means. Is Lovie talking about time of possession and keeping his defense off the field?
Lovie went on to say he likes this season’s versions of San Francisco, Seattle and Carolina, and “how they’re set up to win football games.”
“That was a model that we had while we were in Chicago, and a model that we’re going to bring to Tampa Bay,” Lovie said.
Of course, that begs the question of how exactly Mike Glennon fits in to the models Lovie is referring to — ones led by Colin Kaepernick, Russell Wilson and Cam Newton.