Expecting Success From Lovie SmithJuly 7th, 2014
Yes, it is NFL siesta season. It is 18 days until the beginning of Bucs training camp, and those involved with the Bucs are in virtual hiding, even going so far as to hanging in Nicaragua, doing anything to get away and enjoy and decompress while they have the chance.
Once July 25 hits, it’s full-bore, non-stop football for at least the next five months.
Already, in part as filler, Joe is seeing season previews from various sources. Once such source is the NFL Network, the Man’s Channel.
In speaking about the NFC South, a division which has never had a team win consecutive titles, NFL Network analyst Willie McGinest believes the this fall is the turn for the Pewter Pirates to reign in the division, largely because of Bucs coach Lovie Smith.
“I have to go with the Bucs,” McGinest said. “I know that may be a surprise but I like what Lovie Smith is doing down there. He is a leader of men. Players love to play for him. One thing we know about Lovie Smith’s teams, they are going to play great defense. They are going to be aggressive. They are going to take the football away.”
McGinest has more to say about the Bucs, but a word of friendly advice for fellow NFL Network analyst, Jamie Dukes. Dude, Doug Martin’s nickname is not “Muscle Rat.”
Joe will have more to write about his guess for what the 2014 season has in store. At this point, Joe isn’t quite that optimistic the Bucs will win the division. Joe’s not there. Yet.