Lovie’s “Four Ps”

January 8th, 2014

Shelton Quarles explains

Every head coach has catch phrases, and they often come in fours.

With Raheem Morris, it was play “hard, fast, smart and consistent.”

Greg Schiano? “Toes on the line!” or “Just do your job!”

It seem Lovie Smith might have a favorite, as well.

Bucs coordinator of pro scouting, Shelton Quarles, a Bucs glory years starting linebacker, shared memories of Lovie in a Buccaneers.com video.

Quarles said Lovie “always talked about loafs” when he was the Bucs’ linebackers coach under Tony Dungy. Poor effort was not tolerated in practice, said Quarles, who recalled a time when Lovie transitioned into grading his linebackers in practice the same way he did a game, including, tackling “to the ground.”

And then there was the catch phrase:

“One of the things that he talked about all the time was the four Ps: preparation prevents a poor performance,” Quarles said. “And so, in saying that, he allowed me and motivated me to do the best I could when I was studying so that way I would be ready to go on the field.”

Joe likes the four Ps. Greg Schiano surely was a preparation freak, but working hard and working smart are two different things.

Under Lovie, Joe suspects the Bucs won’t wilt like a dead flower and get pummeled in the second halves of games.

19 Responses to “Lovie’s “Four Ps””

  1. Harry Says:

    “preparation prevents a poor performance,”

    That might be my favorite one ever. Very good for everyone

  2. juan0525 Says:

    I got one 4 you guys,” No punks,No Sorry Ass Bench Warmers Allowed”

  3. BHG Says:

    Actually, there are 5 P’s and only 4 are appropriate for the press…

  4. Patrick in VA Says:

    @juan – Thanks for coming out buddy…..

  5. bucsfan13 Says:

    Does nobody see the irony of how people are gushing over lovie when he says thing like strong defense and a good running game is the formula to win but when the previous coach said the same thing he was a stupid college coach?!?

  6. Analacubana Says:

    He was a stupid college coach!

  7. joseph mamma Says:

    Yes, Schiano said the same things also. Eventually maybe we need to come to the conclusion that none of these players are any good. Let’s face it we have one dominant lineman. One.

  8. You Go Joe Says:

    The difference is who’s doing that scheme. Lovie >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Schiano

  9. ROBERT6 Says:

    getting PAID to play, party and chase P…y

  10. Yar Says:

    It’s simple, run when they think you’re going to pass and pass when they think you’re going run, can’t pass or run all the time. Tedford seems to know how to call a game .

  11. Investwax Says:

    Put it this way. Every team should have a strong defense and good running game if they expect to win every coach is entitled to say it. Schiano said it but didn’t consistently produce a winner.

    I’m warming up to Lovie very slowly. All he can do right. Is is say the right things to give hope and assemble his staff. Even if we got Billichek, Gruden, Cowher, Shannahan, or Peyton Friggin Manning to come in as coach, that’s all they could do right now.

  12. Brandon Says:

    I still like “youngry” even though hearing that word often makes me “fangry”.

  13. Ed Says:

    At this point all Smith has to do is make the neccessary adjustments during the game. His new coaching staff has some veteran NFL coaches with HC experience so they know how to game-plan and adjust.

    As long as the 2014 Bucs play like an organized group of professionals we are in for improved football. I do think that his experience would have helped win a few more games this year. Greg Shiano’s staff never changed up their game plans based on the opponents strengths.

    Offensively it was too vanilla. There were too many times that Glennon had to hold on to the ball because the plays were long developing routes. Any coaching staff that has Glennon will have to develop more plays that get the ball out of his hands quicker. More screens to Martin and James will be neccessary. A pass catching tight end with size is urgently needed. Tim Wright was very good, he just isn’t a 6′ 5″ 250 lb guy that can physically push his way to the ball. These big tight ends are a big part of the success of the top QBs.

  14. Left_Coast_Bucs_Fan Says:

    5 P’s for Lovie: Please Produce a Prewter Product of Pride!

  15. Left_Coast_Bucs_Fan Says:

    Dah, PEWTER!

  16. WinterSpringsBucsFan Says:

    As long as Lovie does not run it on 3rd and 6 which was the norm for Schiano. Or run it over and over again when we are down by two scores in the 4th quarter (Dallas and NY 2012) GO BUCS

  17. WinterSpringsBucsFan Says:

    @ED, I agree. Biggest frustration to me was we never made any second half adjustments. Played a good first half and then…..I cannot find the words to describe it, we all know the second half woes.

  18. Hawk Says:

    @ WinterSpringsBucsFan
    Or worse yet, pull a ‘Dungy’ and throw a 2yd pass on 3rd and 6.
    I am *so* nervous about the next season.

  19. Red86 Says:

    Schiano was allergic to adjustments. The answer to the defense and offense problems were too obvious. Yet, nothing was done to fix it permanently.

    (Stunts, running the ball on 1st-3rd & 20, Revis not covering the best wr, 3 man down sets, no audible to fit what the defense is doing, refusing to run hurry up when it’s working better than regular speed, penalty penalty penalty, embracing penalty instead of punishing player by benching or yelling at them, getting our head beat in during the second half all year, and etc.)