Lovie Talks Johnny, Praises Accuracy

April 25th, 2014

johnny football 0314Joe will let the video do the talking here.

Joe saw this for the first time yesterday courtesy of a reader. It’s Bucs head man Lovie Smith talking about Johnny Football.

Lovie is speaking after Johnny Football’s pro day at Texas A&M and Lovie comes in at about the 3:45 mark, followed by analysis from longtime Colts GM Bill Polian.

Lovie had more praise for Johnny Football this morning at a charity event in Tampa. Unfortunately, Lovie was chatting for a TV camera and Joe couldn’t take clear enough notes to share. But the message was clear, Lovie thinks Johnny Football is a special player. Of course, that means little in the Season of Smoke, aka the days leading up the NFL Draft.

47 Responses to “Lovie Talks Johnny, Praises Accuracy”

  1. bucrightoff Says:

    For Joe, it’s gotta be like sticking the knife in a little every time he sees an article saying the Bucs are interested in/want to draft Manziel. This is about as much of a smokescreen as you get when you walk into Snoop’s house.

  2. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Did you ever wonder why JF seems to always want to pose with a bunch of chicks?…..perhaps he’s trying to hide his locker room fantasies….or, maybe he just finds that they are usually shorter than he is.

  3. Scoobs Says:

    I was at Willie Nelson’s, out of the smoke came Johnny with five bikini babes!!

  4. OAR Says:

    Joe, Good thing you don’t have to pay Johnny ‘Beer Bong” everytime you use his picture (unlike his autograghs), because you would be broke.

  5. Nick H Says:

    I’m not a believer in the guy, but if he’s a Buc then I’ll be his biggest fan.

    This 2 week delay is total garbage.

  6. ShutTheBucUp Says:

    Johnny Dirtball will not be a Buc come May 8th

  7. mark2001 Says:

    The more you hear this time of year, the less the probability we will pick a player. You want people to think you aren’t going to take a guy that you want to fall to you, or you want a team to trade up and take him because they think you will, again increasing the probability of a guy you really want falling to you. Where else would there be any logical value of telling folks you love a guy?

  8. Kyle Says:

    Can we just draft this guy already so I can either watch him fail or be awesome…

  9. Nybucsfan Says:

    We need a QB. I love defense but you need to score to. The teams that make the playoffs every year have one.

  10. Maze Says:

    The truth was spoken. Johnny Football would be a draft day dream come true. Lovie seems like a very intelligent football coach. Finally actual football people are now running the show

  11. Pro Libertate Says:

    They would never be this vocal if he were the top guy on our list. I’ll bet they’ve caught wind that someone below us craves Manziel. We’re hoping to trade down, clearly.

  12. sam Says:

    one thing not too overlook here, is that lovie smith LOVES players from texas. He had a sparkle in his eye when he mentioned his hometown. That alone could be johnny footballs biggest selling point to our beloved headcoach.

  13. Sneedy16 Says:

    I think Lovie is pumping up Jonny so that someone will trade with the Bucs to get him. Draft can’t come fast enough.

  14. JBFstalkingjohnnyfootBALLS Says:

    All the QBs will be dropping in the draft. Carr and Bortles has the greater upside. Sorry Johnny Nutting Mob. But your dream guy is wreakless to play QB in the NFL. He would be a big star in the Arena League. Can the Storm draft his rights?

  15. bucrightoff Says:

    sam Says:
    April 25th, 2014 at 5:16 pm
    one thing not too overlook here, is that lovie smith LOVES players from texas. He had a sparkle in his eye when he mentioned his hometown. That alone could be johnny footballs biggest selling point to our beloved headcoach.
    _____________________________________________________________

    Wanna guess what state Josh McCown is from?

  16. Gusjackson Says:

    Dennis Allen was lying throughout his entire interview

  17. The don Says:

    Joe , I am with you on Johnny. Special special player. Just listen to polian. He said better arm strength than all qbs in draft. And he’s got the magic. And that is what the 32nd ranked offense needs.

    Love the kid. If they pass on him if he’s there , huge mistake. Dude was born to play ball.

  18. WalkdaPlank Says:

    NFL.com had an interesting piece about why Mike Evans would best fit in the Bucs offense followed by other potential teams.

    On their piece about which teams would best fit Johnny Mancrush, the Bucs were not listed.

  19. feelthepewterpower Says:

    Add Anthony Becht to the list of Johnny Manziel realists. His style just won’t work in today’s NFL, I’ve maintained that, and I’ll be the first I’m admit I am wrong and be more than happy to welcome as a starting qb if available…though hell likely be gone by the time we pick seventh unless we trade-up…and we dont have the ammo really to do so.

  20. Destinjohnny Says:

    I keep going back to dom not liking teddy- I think that will be our pick

  21. Hawaiian Buc Says:

    I would love Johnny and I believe that Lovie likes him, but I’m starting to believe more and more this is just a smokescreen. Teams usually hide their love of a player a little better than this.

  22. sam Says:

    Your right bucrightoff! I totally overlooked the McCown Texas connection hmmmm very interesting!

  23. Hawaiian Buc Says:

    @feelthepewterpower,

    Admirable position, and definitely the right attitude to take. Johnny has said himself he can’t play the way he played at A&M in the NFL. He knows he’ll get killed. However, I think he’s smart enough and accurate enough to adjust his game accordingly. People compare him to different players, but I see Doug Flutie more than anyone else, but Manziel is a better QB. Flutie was a good NFL QB, but never got the chance because he played in the era of tall, pocket passers. The game is much different now.

  24. Tristan Berry Says:

    The difficulty in trading down in a draft this deep is that everyone wants to trade down, but nobody wants to trade up. The Bucs aren’t going to lock themselves into a single strategy. I think they might most like to trade down (like a whole lot of other teams sitting at the top of the draft board), but if so, they have to do something to make sure it’s the Bucs’ phone that rings when they go on the clock. If that phone doesn’t ring and they’re stuck with the 7th pick, they need to have a plan in advance.

    Manziel, Mack, Watkins, Evans, a lot of the guys they’re talking to could be “trade us your picks for our spot or we’re taking him away from you” signals. What’s the truth? Well, considering how many different ways things can go and how many scenarios they have to plan for, every single rumor is conditionally true.

  25. Eric Says:

    Man seems like yesterday when Earl Morral was playing for the fins during that perfect season.

    Time is flying by.

  26. Bucfan#37 Says:

    Earl Morrall had a good long career, passing away at 79 today. Rest in peace.

  27. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    bucrightoff Says
    “For Joe, it’s gotta be like sticking the knife in a little every time he sees an article saying the Bucs are interested in/want to draft Manziel. This is about as much of a smokescreen as you get…”

    Unless…

    …he knows everyone will believe it is a smoke screen and so is stating his true plans. ;)

    Btw, saw on NFLN that Atlanta might be trading up to the #1 pick to get Clowney.

  28. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    By the way, anyone else see Draft Day? Opinions?

  29. Buc1987 Says:

    Evans at 7. 2 – 6’5 WR’s in Evans and Vjax would force safeties to come over and help leaving the middle vulnerable as all hell. They can’t double both of them and if they do they’ll be effed.

    It will be Evans at 7, not only because of need, but also because it would be dangerous to opposing defenses. No matter who the QB is.

    We’ll see, but I wanted Evans or O-line long before a few of these mocks even placed his name in the Bucs slot.

  30. Buc1987 Says:

    Again Bonzai. Yes that’s what I think THEY will do and what I want them to do. Lovie and me are brothers from another mother and we think alike.lol

  31. Chris@Apple Roof Cleaning Says:

    Tampabaybucfan Says:
    April 25th, 2014 at 4:12 pm
    Did you ever wonder why JF seems to always want to pose with a bunch of chicks?…..perhaps he’s trying to hide his locker room fantasies….or, maybe he just finds that they are usually shorter than he is.

    ————————————————————————————-

    In case you have ever wondered why the girls with Johnny Manziel are always smiling, just take a look at the size of his Hands!
    My niece is a big time football fan, who is quite open with her comments about him. She said she noticed this right away about him, because she looks at these kinds of things.

  32. RastaMon Says:

    Joe and Johnny….Rachel sining…
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KEm8gj1J6co

  33. NY Buc Says:

    Headlines during next year’s football season recap…Johnny Manziel led the to the 32nd best NFL offense. Many current Manziel crushers will claim they knew he was a bust in waiting all along and praise Lovie for not wasting the #7 pick on him. “Check the archives” will be a quote used often and by many of us on JBF.

  34. NY Buc Says:

    led the (insert team)…got omitted?

  35. Buc1987 Says:

    The pic looks like he’s in an ice cream shop. To sum up the pic. 6 girls go into an ice cream shop. JF walks into the shop. 1 girl asks “hey Johnny can we get our picture with you?” Johnny replies “Of course” and promptly poses for the picture as one of the girls takes the pic. 6 girls then walk out of an ice cream shop with a picture of JF and them. End of story.

    Fast forward. Joe finds pictures like these and posts them. Instantaneously Buc fans everywhere think Johnny is a stud with all the ladies. Not that any of that matters on the football field, but Buc fans love to think and comment about it as if it he’s some kind of stud. To me it makes them look silly. It was just a picture at an ice cream shop. Nothing more.

  36. RastaMon Says:

    I’m holding out for a photo of Joe & Johnny….

  37. FLBoyInDallas Says:

    Lovie is doing his level best to drum up a panic-trade-up scenario for someone to grab Manziel so the Bucs can get the QB they really want: Derek Carr. Crazy, you say? Yeah…remember that name come draft day.

  38. mpmalloy Says:

    Lol!….

    How Joe tingles when he passes by.

    @Buc1987
    YES! Exactly. Thank you. I feel better now hearing
    a sober voice in this sea of estrogen.

  39. BuccaneerBonzai Says:

    FLBoyInDallas

    I’ve been saying they want Carr as well. Although I wouldn’t be upset if the pick was Johnny Manziel.

    Here’s a thought. Is Johnny always with girls because he is secretly a cross dresser and needs fashion tips? Is he really just one of the girls? Theory paints a different pic of his ability to “pull.”

  40. Chris Says:

    Talked to two co-workers today both Texas A&M fans. One a niner fan. The other Texans fan. Both said to me that they love Johnny football as a college football player but in the nfl no way do they want their team taking that risk that high.

    Joe, 2 Texas am fans said that. Hm I wonder. Both played football and both said he can’t play in the pocket consistently and misses too many open reads and ran crazy for no reason when his oline is good. Holds te ball too long at times and makes dumb decisions.

    Hm…nfl success ?

    No doubt Manziel may have upside but you want to take him at 7 to find out? He’s a 3rd round prospect. He’s nothing like Russell Wilson who’s intangibles were off the charts and was a well developed pocket passer. Drew Brees has that intangible quick twitch. Johnny has neither.

  41. JBFstalkingjohnnyfootBALLS Says:

    @Joe.

    You know the Bucs will not be drafting Johnny Wreckless.

  42. Patrick Says:

    Mike Glennon is from Texas too.

  43. Luther Says:

    I will really pissed if we pick him with Evan on the board. The guy may turn out to be a good player but mobile QBs who depend heavily on their legs really scare me. I don’t want my QB running around wreckless. I want a guy that stays in the pocket but can scramble when needed and knows to get out of bounds. It’s the same reason I’m glad we didn’t get Vick.

  44. BoJim Says:

    The more I hear about Teddy the more I don’t want him. If JF is available to us, I would not be unhappy at all but I’d rather we picked up Derrick Carr. I think he can be a franchise QB. GAAAAAA. I don’t know any more!!

  45. owlykat Says:

    If we waste our pick at 7 on Evans I am going to go nuts. Haven’t you heard they are going to play Wright at WR too (which I suggested first you will remember)? When they do Josh will have the twin towers to pass to like he did at Chicago, but Josh has already shown in this minicamp that he doesn’t even need that to be successful. He was throwing the ball comfortably all over the field accurately to our many 4.3 speedy receivers, and for those of you who didn’t think Murphy would be starter material, think again. He has already learned Tedford’s playbook, thanks to Josh, who has gotten all his receivers together from the day they all got their playbooks April 7th and has been working out privately with all of them, and Murphy was running precise routes, and getting open and showing good awareness and getting a lot of yards after the catch and he is explosive. For you Watkins fans he isn’t even as fast as the second receiver on Clemson’s team this year according to NFLN. He couldn’t keep up with all the fast 4.3 receivers the Bucs have already! WE DON’T NEED ANY MORE RECEIVERS. Streeter, who is tall and built runs 4.3 and looked great in minicamp. Skye Dawson looked great too and also runs 4.3 and returns kicks. We also have Owusu with 4.3 speed too who is looking great making hard catches. Granted he faded on the field last year as a rookie, but if he makes this team this year it should be different because Tedford’s Offensive Scheme exploits mismatches and gets his receivers open. Right now Tedford has so many blazing wide receivers as well as three running backs with blazing speed who can catch passes too (including Demps who is the fastest player in the NFL) so this Bucs’ Offense is going to be a nightmare for any Defense in the NFL. (And you thought Philly was scary–we already are ahead of their offense). Tedford on top of that will be going up tempo and Josh can make calls on his own, and he can substitute all these 4.3 blazers keeping them fresh and the runners having fresh legs and we will wear out in our hot sun any NFL Defense by half time, and our Defense can shut their offenses down too if they get Mad Max at MLB out of the draft from Michigan State who can kill the run up the middle and cover the seam and knock down passes with his 6’3″ 260 pound frame. An Urlacher clone. Lovie/Licht/Tedford know exactly what they are doing and NFLN is already referring to the Bucs as the new KC this year. Our Division Foes better watch out! If we get our QB at 7, we will have a dynasty going long term. This is what the long time suffering Bucs fans have waited for all these years. Thanks Lovie!

  46. Luther Says:

    @owlykat I love Wright. The guy is most definitely a baller. However, he is a TE who has NEVER been a front line #1 WR. We need playmakers who have done it on any level. Evans is a sure fire starter while Wright is a project that we HOPE can do he job. We most certainly need receivers on this team.

  47. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    Chris Says
    “Talked to two co-workers today both Texas A&M fans. One a niner fan. The other Texans fan. Both said to me that they love Johnny football as a college football player but in the nfl no way do they want their team taking that risk that high. “

    Did they happen to mention which QB they liked?

    Also, “that high” is a comment I’m opposed to. If a player you want won’t be there when your next pick rolls around then it isn’t too high.

 
 

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