Lovie Watches Film, Dishes Out PraiseAugust 17th, 2014
Head coach Lovie Smith watched last night’s game film and emerged for media this afternoon at One Buc Palace.
Lovie had plenty to say about the offensive line and more.
Starting left tackle Anthony Collins got firm praise from Lovie; center Evan Dietrich-Smith was next. New starting right guard Patrick Omameh “played well his first time out,” Lovie said.
On the downside, Lovie said right tackle Demar Dotson wasn’t as good as he played in Jacksonville. Left guard Oneil Cousins wasn’t mentioned (gulp).
When pressed about the first-team offensive line, Lovie didn’t want to offer more detail because he won’t talk to his players until tomorrow. But Lovie wanted it known he had a good vibe – “I’m not frowning right now.” — and strongly implied there was no reason to break up the band on the O-line.
On Mike Evans’ fumble, Lovie said “we’re not going to give him a life sentence for having the ball in the wrong arm and fumbling.”
In addition to heaping lots of love on Gerald McCoy, Lovie added that “Michael Johnson was ok” and “Clinton McConald played well.”
Wide receiver Solomon Patton and defensive end Scott Solomon drew the head coach’s love, too.
Lovie also said he was disappointed with the play of many of his second-unit players but his glass almost always is half full.