“Old School To The Bone”August 28th, 2014
Don’t think for a minute that Lovie Smith isn’t yearning to run the football.
Lovie bought all kinds of offensive toys this offseason and in the draft, but that wasn’t necessarily to break new ground under Jeff Tedford’s mysterious offense.
Starting center Evan Dietrich-Smith joined SiriusXM NFL radio and co-hosts Bill Polian and Vic Carucci on Tuesday night and was asked whether Lovie is looking to pound the rock and grind out the game on the ground.
“He’s a very, very calm demeanor guy, but he is old school to the bone,” Dietrich-Smith said. “As far as football goes, you know he’s very old school about it. He believes in how the game should be played a certain way. He wants the game played a certain way. And I love playing for the guy. He treats us like men. He takes care of us, but at the end of the day he’s a very old school coach.
“He wants the defense to take the ball away, offense to protect the ball, run it and score points.”
Yes, folks, the “Buc Ball” Lovie references is very much about running the football. Think Father Dungy in Tampa.
Dietrich-Smith later called Jeff Tedford very innovative and a fascinating football mind to chat with about the game
But will Tedford be let loose, assuming he returns from his recent medical procedure?
Joe suspects Tedford will have plenty of freedom, even if his head coach has a conservative approach. Lovie gave his four offensive coordinators in Chicago (in nine seasons) plenty of independence.