Lovie Open To All OptionsAugust 10th, 2014
Bucs fans are getting up this morning, hoping their day-long bender made them think the Friday play of the Bucs’ offensive line was a mirage. Alas, once the hangover fog leaves, that nightmare was all too real.
Saturday online, whether it was this here corner of the Interwebs, or on Twitter, Bucs fans were freaking out, demanding a trade or even believing the impossible, that a man of morality and standards like Lovie Smith would actually stoop so low and go out and acquire that roided up piece of human debris known as Richie Incognito.
(For these same fans that believe in the tooth fairy, that believe a coach who ran a starting player out of town for having a mattress for a lawn ornament would infest his locker room with a skunk like Incognito, keep dreaming. Think about it: there is a [major] reason that dope got run from two teams and is currently walking the streets while 3/4 of the NFL is crying for a guard.)
Yesterday, in his day-after press conference, though cautioning folks not to jump off the Sunshine Skyway Bridge, Lovie inferred the team isn’t above looking outside the roster for offensive line help.
“As we said before, we’re always looking to improve our ball club,” Lovie said. “If there’s someone out there that can, we’re looking at them. But we feel comfortable with the guys [we have]. Again men, don’t overreact is what I would say. You guys don’t lead the charge to start overreacting. Let it play out a little bit through the preseason. Just like when you come out to practice after the first preseason game, don’t start printing up the Super Bowl tickets or cutting everybody on the team. Just let things play out a little bit, that’s what preseason games are for. The first live action this football team has had was last night. From there, give us a little bit of time and then we will see what we need, if we need something else.”
While Joe understands the reasoned approach is not to freak out, that it was only the first quarter of the first preseason game under new coaches, wasn’t the same patience urged last year when the Baltimore Crows had their way with the Bucs’ offensive line? And how did that offensive line grow and improve? Mind you this was the same offensive line Lovie gutted.
Look, Lovie said way back in May that the NFL is littered with good players who were not drafted on the first two days of the draft, and that good players are often plucked from the ash heaps towards the start of the season, castoffs from other clubs.
Let’s just say Joe is willing to lay cash on the starting lineup offensive line we just witnessed changes for the home opener against the Stinking Panthers.