Lovie Loves LeanJune 2nd, 2014
Updated 5:56 p.m. Five years ago, the new Bucs regime promptly grabbed its defensive troops and told them to fatten up in a hurry.
Stuff your face and hit the weights! The Jim Bates system demands it!
Guys like Roy Miller, Kyle Moore and others will tell you their rapid weight gain seriously hurt their careers. No wonder Moore was snoozing. Perhaps it was all the extra turkey and beef?
They even had glass-armed Jermaine Phillips fattening up to replace Derrick Brooks.
Lovie Smith is just the opposite. He wants athletes — all over the field. Lovie doesn’t care much about scales. He wants speed and talent, and he celebrates height.
Joe already reported Mason Foster’s 10-pound weight loss and new speed focus, and that’s why Joe got permission from the Bucs to use the recent practice photo above. It’s an excellent illustration of how lean Foster has become.
Hardy Nickerson played at 6-2, 230 pounds as a nasty, bone-rattling intimidator in the glory days Bucs defense. And it looks like Foster will have the same measurements come opening day.
The Bucs’ front-7 is going to be nasty fast and should hunt the football — and quarterbacks — like Bucs fans haven’t seen in years.
(Another image here of Foster. Dude looks like a wide receiver.)