Lovie: Offensive Mystery Will ContinueMarch 26th, 2014
Well, Joe tried. But Lovie Smith wouldn’t go there.
No, Lovie has no plans to talk before opening day about what will make Jeff Tedford’s new offense tick. Lovie explained and gave his reasoning today at the NFL Owners meetings in Orlando.
Joe asked Lovie to expand on the quote of new Bucs center Evan Dietrich Smith, who told SiriusXM NFL Radio that the Bucs offense would be “up tempo.”
Lovie said he will be keeping Tedford’s offense quiet because he believes the unknown surrounding it is a distinct competitive advantage. The head coach wasn’t blowing smoke. He clearly is pumped up at the chance to get defenses off balance.
The only insight he offered today were only were a few general statements: “We’re are a running attack that can pass the football when we want to,” said Lovie, who added that fullback won’t be a key position in his offense and Mike James is not a fullback candidate.
Lovie was clear that preseason games won’t reveal much.
Now Joe’s all for seizing the edge this secrecy and unknown provides. However, a new offensive line and a new quarterback in a brand new system, with a first-time NFL offensive coordinator, also need plenty of work to gel.
Hearing this reinforced to Joe that Josh McCown is a lock to start the regular season ahead of Mike Glennon or a rookie quarterback. The coaching staff is going to want an experienced had running the offensive show out of the gate.