History Shows Lovie Likes OffenseMay 4th, 2014
Yes, most believe there is no closer disciple in football principle to Father Dungy than Lovie Smith.
Just recently, when asked (again) if his philosophy of ground-and-pound football with a stingy defense was the way to win after sitting out of football for a year, Lovie shook his head, smiled and emphatically stated he’s convinced his way is the way to win.
But first round drafting with Chicago, where Lovie spent nine seasons leading the Bears, suggests a different man, per the research of Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times. Auman studied the Bears’ six total first-round picks under Lovie.
[Cedric] Benson was unremarkable in three seasons with the Bears, only got to 1,000 yards later with Bengals. DT Tommie Harris (2004, 14th) was a starter for Smith’s first seven seasons in Chicago, and OT Chris Williams (2008, 14th) was limited by injuries, started at guard and tackle and eventually cut in 2012. You know Gabe Carimi (29th, 2011) as the guy the Bucs gave up a sixth-rounder for last year and then cut after using him primarly as a sixth lineman. Tight end Greg Olsen (31st, 2007) had 20 touchdowns in four years with the Bears, averaging just under 50 catches a year, and that leaves DE/LB Shea McClellan, the 19th pick in 2012 — started 10 games last year, has 6.5 sacks in two seasons.
How about that, four out of six picks were on the offense. This for a defensive guy. To be fair, per Auman, slightly more than half of the draft picks under Lovie went defense.
So while Lovie is a proud defense-wins-games man, he’s not afraid to go after offensive players high in the draft.