Lovie Is All Smiles, Optimism And ConfidenceMay 2nd, 2014
NFL.com writer Michael Silver got exclusive time with Jason Licht and Lovie Smith for a new feature on the Bucs’ head coach.
Silver was all pitchforks for Greg Schiano shortly after he was hired, but Silver is all-in with Lovie. He paints a picture of nirvana in the bowels of One Buc Palace.
Joe recommends you read it. Licht even says Lovie’s unwavering confidence let’s him play a tough-guy role.
Though Smith is regarded as the quintessential players’ coach, Licht says his colleague’s perpetually sunny outlook gives the organization a somewhat counterintuitive edge when it comes to things like contract staredowns.
“Oh, it’s great,” Licht says. “If we have a player targeted in free agency, and negotiations are breaking down because the player wants too much, it actually works to our advantage. An agent might expect Lovie to come in and say, ‘Hey Jason, do whatever it takes to get him.’ Instead, he’s like, ‘Hey, if it doesn’t work out, just go on to the next guy. It’ll be fine. It all works out for a reason.’
“It gives you the Man Card.”
Among other interesting nuggets is that Lovie was troubled he didn’t get a job offer last year and that Aaron Rodgers pitched Jeff Tedford to Lovie.
Joe appreciates Lovie’s supreme confidence. But this is nothing really new revealed by Silver. Lovie boldly told local Tampa Bay media the day he was introduced that he could win 10 games with a turnover-machine defense, nasty-good special teams, and a nothing-special offense.
There’s definitely a clear confident plan in place at One Buc Palace. The biggest question mark is who will be throwing the football and leading the offense — one Lovie will need to get more than 10 wins. Thankfully, that answer should be much more clear next week.