No Controlled Scrimmages For Lovie

May 27th, 2014
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Lovie is not fond of controlled scrimmages.

Some coaches are big believers that practicing against another team or, at least, someone with a different color jersey, not only gives a team a chance to see how players fare against fresh opposition, but it mentally breaks up the monotony of training camp.

It is sort of like having a fifth preseason game.

Former Bucs commander Greg Schiano was a believer. So too is his hero, Bill Belicheat. In the past couple of years, the Bucs have had intersquad scrimmages with Belicheat and the Patriots.

Last week, it was announced Belicheat and his Pats would scrimmage against the Redskins. So, what about the Bucs?

Not happening, said Bucs coach Lovie Smith.

“Don’t plan on doing it,” Lovie said. “I’m not one that buys into that. When we go against someone else, we want officials out there. We will use those for preseason games to get ready for the season.”

This is just another example of how Lovie differs from his mentor, Father Dungy. When Father Dungy ran the Bucs, he often had controlled scrimmages against other teams. Former Bucs star wide receiver Keyshawn Johnson popped into the media workroom at One Buc Palace and held court last year. One subject he discussed was how much he hated scrimmaging other teams.

Somewhere in SoCal, Johnson is nodding his head in approval of Lovie’s philosophy.

14 Responses to “No Controlled Scrimmages For Lovie”

  1. The_Buc_Realist Says:

    If they don’t do a scrimmage against another team this year, how is Clayborn going to get his sac this year???

  2. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    It makes sense. Lovie and company are going out of their way to keep some things from being seen by other teams.

    And, Realist, Clayborn is going to earn his spot this year. Just watch.

    You would be better off picky a real bust to pick on…like Mike Glennon.

  3. pablo Says:

    Lovie really doesn’t want anyone one to see Tedfords offense, Pablo understands but Pablo thinks this idea might backfire. Hopefully we run some in preseason. Pablo just doesn’t want to run it for the first time in live action during the season opener vs Carolina

  4. brandonbucfan Says:

    Agree to a point. All it really is is a controlled practice with different colored jerseys. The main problem is that we don’t “TRULY” practice enough with our own teams enough anymore. Too much “underwear” IMO. But I guess if their practices aren’t too tough that means they won’t be too tired to go to Vegas for the weekend! What is happening to football? Can you say Mark Cuban?

  5. Nick H Says:

    A 3rd round back up is a bust but a way under performing 1st round supposed starter isn’t? Lmao

    Anyways, I don’t think this is a big deal either way. You get plenty of different looks throughout the preseason and regular season so I’m not convinced 1 extra look will make or break a season.

  6. Macabee Says:

    Oh, I always thought this was a novel idea. Go to the NFL’s version of the CIA (Belichick) and open your playbook. Brilliant!

  7. Kevin Says:

    They won’t wait until week 1 to run the offense. They have to do it in preseason. I mean they don’t HAVE to but it would be foolish to wait until regular season week 1.

  8. Eric Says:

    Belicheat probably still laughs himself to sleep every night thinking of how the Glazer Boys and Dominik actually listened to him and hired Schiano.

  9. PRBucFan Says:

    Realist the same way he registered more than just 1 sack last year during the regular season 😉

  10. Shawnbucfan Says:

    Deacon Smith has a different homily then Father Dungy

  11. Goodolebucfan Says:

    Kind of hard to get sacks when the old coach has you covering Sporles out of the backfield and running dance stunts Realist.

  12. The_Buc_Realist Says:


    on average the Bucs had the worst D-line in the NFL the last five years, last year was actually the best out of all those years for sacs and qb hurries. Maybe they ran all the stunts and had DE drop in coverage cause they SUCK!

    there is a reason why Lovie and Licht replaced Clayborn as the first move in free-agency. Now pay attention and you might learn something.

  13. Goodolebucfan Says:

    We went out and got one of the best available free agent pass rushers and had to give him his right side. Are defense improved last year because we got some real CB’s forcing the Qb to hold on to the ball longer thus the pressure. So if your DE sucks you have him cover Sporles ok a DE cover a speedster keep covering for Schiano but than again just blame Dominick maybe or was it the left end Te’o-Nesheim that sucked the one that’s not on the team. Not saying Clayborn is all pro but he has a high motor and works hard. We will see we now have a coach that knows how to coach in the NFL.

  14. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    Clayborn will switch sides and find out he’s best suited to his new position.