“I Don’t Care If It’s July”

March 25th, 2014

Bucs special teams chief Kevin O’Dea has no room for loafers

Lovie Smith is steadfast in his expectations: every single one of his defensive players will pursue the football all-out hard on every snap, and his special teams will be a relentless band of brothers.

The offense? Well, that’s a mystery. But we’ll soon find out.

Joe recommends this Buccaneers.com video feature on special teams coordinator Kevin O’Dea, a 20-year NFL veteran, who in addition to working with Lovie in Tampa during the glory years, also was in Chicago with him, among other stops. Prior to his NFL days, O’Dea actually coached alongside Greg Schiano at Penn State.

The link above is Part II of the feature. Joe found O’Dea’s takes on what makes a special team player and loafing to be noteworthy.

“I don’t care if it’s July,” O’Dea says, in illustrating how players who don’t play hard for their teammates are the wrong players to have. “Cancer” was his choice of word.

In Part I here, O’Dea details how his grading system for players is fully transparent, so the roster knows who is performing and who isn’t. For example, he wants Doug Martin to know who’s excelling at blocking on the punt return team. It’s part of Lovie’s philosophy of accountability and building chemistry.

16 Responses to ““I Don’t Care If It’s July””

  1. biff barker Says:

    There are better ways to motivate people.

  2. RealityCheck Says:

    Share your knowledge with us Biff!

  3. tmaxcon Says:

    competition is good. point systems are easy to understand for all. I like this guy. keeping score is not a crime.

  4. bucsfan1979 Says:

    Biff< really!!! they make multi million dollars he needs to be like this.

  5. ToesOnTheLine Says:

    Sounds great and all, but as we’ve heard and seen NFL players have big egos. Seems like a real fine line trying to find what motivates and what gets tuned out. Based on history I’d say each assistant coach will get a two year window to figure it out

  6. FanOfBucs Says:

    When I was a kid I got a shiny star sticker for brushing my teeth for a full two minutes

  7. Drew Says:

    Biff = accountability

  8. Drew Says:

    Shiny star sticker = accountability

  9. snook Says:

    Can we stay remotely on topic, please. This is not a message board. –Joe

  10. theDON Says:

    who is our returner. Page? doesnt exactly strike fear….how about Jacoby Ford, dude is fast, just plain fast.

  11. LUVMYBUCS Says:

    Still irks me, when I recall last years training camp-When your boy Donald Penn-Was actually was walking around telling guys on the offensive line

    “To Not Go So Hard in Practice”-“To Save it For the Season”..I was like dude WHAT!

  12. Biff Barker Says:

    You are giving individual scores to a group. Each individual has responsibilities that differ in terms of importance. You need to measure the efficacy of the entire unit.
    Players who score lower will learn to resent those who receive top grades and also the coach who is grading them.
    The group watches film together right? They should each be allowed to critique their own performance.
    It’s High School and it reeks of Schiano.

  13. Orca Says:

    ^^ I think they’ve done this before, and it works… so your criticism might be, well… bullsh!te.

  14. Biff Barker Says:

    Orca, call em like you see em’ tough guy!

  15. zam Says:


    Trust Belief Accountability… proven formula for success! (if success = 11-21)

  16. unbelievable Says:

    So I guess now after Schiano the words “trust” or “accountability” should be banned from obp? I’m sure no other coach has ever preached accountability to their team…