Lovie Says He’s Watching Johnny FootballMarch 26th, 2014
Joe just finished breakfast with Lovie Smith at the NFL Owners Meetings in Orlando. (Poor Lovie, he was talking so much that he didn’t touch his Danish and fresh fruit.)
Lovie said he was heading directly from Orlando to watch Johnny Football’s Pro Day in Texas. Joe asked Lovie about what he takes away from watching a Pro Day, any Pro Day, and Lovie had plenty to say about Johnny specifically.
“I had a chance to watch [Johnny Football] a lot [during my time off last year,] Lovie said. “So you add all that up, to be able to talk to people that you trust that know each player. You use every tool that you can to make an evaluation. Just not that player, all players. What do I want to see? I want to see how he handles a different environment. He’s played in front of big crowds. He hasn’t had to perform on one day like this. This is a big day for him coming up, one of many.”
Lovie went on to day he was very impressed with University of Central Florida quarterback Blake Bortles, whose Pro Day he witnessed last week.
“A guy with a lot of potential, poise, young also, who has a bright future ahead of him. I haven’t seen anything that makes you say, “No,” or something you really don’t like about him,” Lovie said of Bortles.
Regarding what he expects from Johnny Football in the NFL, Lovie wasn’t afraid to call it as he sees it.
“Most outstanding players in college, a lot of them, end up being very good football players in the NFL. Football really is football. Some of the things he’s done, I know he’s not your typical prototype quarterback, drop back into the pocket, but there are a lot of quarterbacks doing very well in the league that aren’t your prototypical quarterback.”
Sometimes you get a vibe from a sit-down with a head coach, and Joe really felt Lovie was genuinely eager to add a quality quarterback in the draft, if the opportunity arises.