Adapting QuicklyJune 14th, 2014
Most reasonable NFL observers would give Lovie Smith a mulligan if the Bucs stink up the joint this season.
After all, it’s the first year of his administration. He’s getting used to his new players and the players are getting used to him. Often with first-year coaches, there is a learning curve.
Lovie doesn’t want to hear that.
Earlier this week, he remarked he is not interested in being 5-11, even thought that ugly mark would be an improvement.
Lovie noted after minicamp closed Thursday that fans aren’t interested in learning curves, and he doesn’t believe there will be one, primarily because Lovie and his coaches are used to teaching teams how to play Lovie’s defense.
“It was hard. I think it was harder back then,” Lovie said about installing defenses for past team. ” Since then we as coaches have gotten a lot better in the system. I’ve had a chance, I left here and went to St. Louis [Rams], we put the package in then, I went from St. Louis to Chicago, so we’ve had a chance to go places and install it and see how quick it can come together.
“And nowadays, there’s no rebuilding and, ‘Hey guys, you’re making progress.’ Nobody wants to hear about all that. That progress has to speed up fairly quickly and it has, and the players, we have a group that we’re playing a similar defense, that’s been easier also.”
Lovie emphatically has stated on many occasions that there is no rebuilding — that fans should not tolerate a rebuilding process. The time to win games is now.
Of course, if things go south, Lovie’s words could come back to haunt him. But Lovie is a smart guy. If he didn’t believe the team could improve significantly this year, then he wouldn’t be trying to paint himself into a corner.