Lovie: “No Such Thing As A Rebuilding Year”

February 21st, 2014

lovie smith 0106bJoe loves Lovie Smith’s win-now mindset.

On the heels of Lovie saying he wants to spend every nickel of available cash under the salary cap, Lovie’s urgency was on display this afternoon day before Joe and other media parked in front of the head coach at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis.

Lovie was asked about the bizarre statistic of the NFC South — that no team has every repeated as division champ. The Bucs head coach said he’s not taking things slowly.

“I think as you look at the league, not just in our division, there are some quick turnarounds that happen. There’s no such thing as a rebuilding year, and people what to see immediate improvements and success,” Lovie said. “I’ll just say that we have a plan in mind, a philosophy that we’re going to bring in. There is a good foundation [on the Bucs] and our plan is, of course, for us to go from 4-12 to becoming relevant again, you know, where it matters at the end.”

Of course, “matters at the end” means playoffs. Just the thought is enough to drive Joe to an adult celebration.

17 Responses to “Lovie: “No Such Thing As A Rebuilding Year””

  1. SteveK (MGM) Says:

    Can’t wait to see the direction of Licht/Lovie’s free agent and draft acquisitions.

    Also, can’t wait to see what Dennis Hickey does, now that he has taken his talents to South Beach.

    Does Eric Stokes still work with the Bucs?

  2. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    We will see a lot of new faces and probably won’t miss some of the old ones. Anyone that hasn’t produced better get their affairs in order.

  3. lurker Says:

    keep your adult celebration in your escalade please. oh, and enjoy the boston market shredded chicken.

  4. SAMCRO Says:

    Isn’t that what every new coach says. The almost verbatim what Schiano said, or Chip Kelly said last year, or Whisenhunt just said, etc.. The question is not Why? How? or What? it is When? 1st year? c’mon. 2nd or 3rd? A little more realistic.

  5. Patrick in VA Says:

    I’d be interested to see how many people are replaced this year. It seems like the team captains would have been brought in to review tape with the new staff so they can offer some insight into what was actually asked of the players on different plays or in different schemes so player’s abilities are assessed on their how they played within what was asked of them and not based on the actual production itself

  6. Eric Says:

    Exactly Lovie. No more sitting around bragging about the draft. Win football games.

    This guy is exactly what we needed.

  7. Snook Says:

    I like this guy more and more each day. Busting Mike Williams’ balls to the media yesterday was clutch.

  8. Barry Says:

    Here you go, now this is logical player evaluation. Joe, affairs of the heart is getting in the way of your opinion on Glennon. JM doesn’t love you and will never be yours. Let him go.


  9. The_Buc_Realist Says:

    Can’t wait until they turn the roster over, time to flush all of the “pop-star’s” mistakes.

  10. maxdrums Says:

    if we make the playoffs im going to party like mike williams!

  11. Chef Paul Says:

    I know this is completely irrelevant to his skills and success, but Man, Lovie is one cool looking mofo. The kind of guy that can command respect on body language and looks alone. Then when he speaks, OOOOH Doggy!!! You best listen up if you know what’s good for you.

  12. BucsfaninChina Says:

    BORTLES KOMBAT!!!!!!!!!!!

  13. ATLBucsFan Says:

    Sounds like what every new coach says.

  14. Architek Says:

    No there is a sense of reality and maturity that Lovie brings and I like it.

    It may sound cliche’ but at least he don’t use the terms – programs or refers to college regular season winning to justify coaching immaturity.

  15. Fritz50 Says:

    “team captains would have been brought in to review tape with the new staff so they can offer some insight into what was actually asked of the players on different plays or in different schemes”

    I’m thinking that would prolly be judged a form of ‘team activity’, which would be limited by the CBA. I’m sure it’ll happen in the individual position meetings , when they start happening. Seems like a pretty basic way to start finding out what went wrong &/or right, last year. Still, the staff’s pretty busy at the combine, right now, so stuffs like that will have to wait.

  16. Patrick in VA Says:

    @Fritz – good point. Hadn’t considered cba

  17. John F Ensch Says:

    I think you set the bar high and let the team push for that goal. It’s about time that that high priced over thought of offensive line gets it’s due. To many times our supposed good left tackle failed in protecting the QB’s blind side. If anyone on that line is overrated it’s Penn. He should be the first to go, then work on the rest of them.