Lovie: I Didn’t Want To Put Points On The Board

September 14th, 2014


Right before the half, I didn’t want to put more points on the board. I didn’t feel like we could, only thing that could happen was something bad then.– Lovie Smith on why he didn’t run a play with 11 seconds left in the first half from the Buccaneers’ 40 yard line, despite multiple timeouts available.

Joe’s really not sure what to make of Lovie’s postgame statement.

How could he really believe that the “only thing that could happen was something bad?” That’s ludicrous.

That’s not aggressive, own-your-home-turf football. That’s not why the Bucs invested heavily in Vincent Jackson and Mike Evans, and hired a 35-year-old quarterback they allegedly trust.

117 Responses to “Lovie: I Didn’t Want To Put Points On The Board”

  1. DallasBuc Says:

    Do-no-wrong Lovie!

  2. Jason Aviles Says:

    I am already sick Lovie’s over conservative ways!!! How the hell do you tell grown men not to curse?!!! #firelovie.

  3. BucIt941 Says:

    This whole conservative approach is killing is in the long run. Why can’t we just put our foot on their throats and hold it there the entire game? Can’t we be the aggressors rather then just defenders? I thought we were PIRATES more specifically Buccaneers. It’s time we TAKE a win instead of just hoping we don’t lose.

  4. ElioT Says:

    That’s series was very strange. Why the hell didn’t they just kneel the damn ball then? I don’t think they had a clue what they were trying to do.


  5. iamkingsu Says:

    If it was only 11 seconds and we were on our own 40 it’s understandable. A quick pass takes 5 or 6 seconds so the timeouts are irrelevant. Now if you’ll are asking why he didn’t take a shot at the endzone that’s something different

  6. What? Says:

    Meanwhile the Bears scored with 12 seconds left in the half. They used these weird things called timeouts to drive down the field.

  7. DallasBuc Says:

    There needs to be a public discussion about the unholy and unchecked HC/GM relationship that exists in Tampa Bay. A quality GM with actual talent eval rank over HC would go a long way…

  8. DB55 Says:

    Josh mccowns PC was just as terrifying. Uhm da ahh I uhm no yes ahh uhm da da da … #Iseebirdies

  9. Buc1987 Says:

    DallasBuc Says:
    September 14th, 2014 at 10:55 pm

    “Do-no-wrong Lovie!”

    & his lapdog GM Jason Licht.

    “We don’t expect the fans to be patient.” – Jason Licht

  10. Yar Says:

    Rut Row, sounds like dungyball to me.

  11. nate Says:

    You would of thought he learn from his chicago days…damn u lovie… were a losing team now soo goo all out..

  12. bucsd04 Says:

    This is hilarious because everyone is basically pining for schiano football. Grass is always greener right Joe?

  13. clafollett Says:

    *Sigh* I’m as speechless as Collins

  14. DallasBuc Says:

    “How the hell do you tell grown men not to curse?!!!”
    Effin hilarious!

  15. Buc1987 Says:

    Note to Bryan and Joel Glazer :

    The GM hires the head coach not the other way around.

  16. BucIt941 Says:

    Up until that mental mistake of a pick, the offense actually looked pretty good early on. Bobby Rainey was killing it. James couldn’t get a yard against the Rams, Rainey runs away with 144 against one of the better Defenses in the league. Rainey is Legit… #Bobby4BellCow

  17. Couch Fan Says:

    Any coach that is losing should want to put points on the board. This one statement alone scares the absolute hell out of me.

  18. Pelbuc Says:

    That philosophy is what drives fans away in droves. Sitting in his basement and hiring Tedford for that reasoning! Lovie’s fear of his own offense and lack of confidence in his players should not be the weekly gameplan. I fear the Bucs have made a HUGE MISTAKE IN HIRING LOVIE. Let’s not forget the defense and special teams was supposed to win us 8 games…..right!

  19. Hector Says:

    Should have never hired this bum of a coach in the first place!

  20. JTHV Says:

    But something bad did happen Lovie. The fans booed your team off the field for the 2nd game in a row.

    How much worse can it get? Glennon to an open guy down field for a touchdown?

    Yeah that would be bad. To have to admit you were wrong about you anointed one in Luke McCown.

  21. CC Says:

    Before Lovie s answer he was also asked why didn’t he take a timeout before the Rams kicked there field goal . That would also have saved time when they got the ball back.Lovie has been outclassed in both games. Sucks to be a Buc fan.

  22. DallasBuc Says:

    87- you get that my whole do-no-wrong and lapdog bit is about the fanboys & overall pass by the media, not them, right?

  23. trox Says:

    The bigger mistake was not taking a timeout after the 3rd down play. The Rams were not going to go for it after fumbling the snap. He needed to take a timeout and leave the offense with about 1:30 left and two timeouts.

  24. csidedave Says:

    And even worse, immediately before that, why didn’t you call time out when the Rams were stopped on 4th down and lining up for a field goal, letting another 40 seconds run off the clock. Would have given us a lot more time for that last 1st half drive.

  25. BUCTROOPER Says:

    They should fire him for that comment alone.

  26. Buck Rogers Says:

    Get off the break Lovie and HIT THE GAS!!!!!!

  27. Buc1987 Says:

    “I Didn’t Want To Put Points On The Board”

    That should be the headline on the front page of the paper in the morning. I’m not talking the front of the sports page either. The main front page.

    Give me an %*^@#%ing break.

  28. Christopher Says:

    Is Lovie Smith absolutely insane!!?? What a complete asshole..

  29. yep Says:

    I’m sick of this crap,the players and coaches tell us to be “patient”, but it’s just like any other year. Sad part is, I think we would of won that game with Schiano as coach. Love is showing that the Bears knew what they were doing by letting him go. And yet we’ll be stuck with a back up quarterback throwing costly interceptions every week for the next 8 games until we lose enough to be eliminated from playoff contention.

  30. Buc1987 Says:

    DallasBuc…lol of course man. Damn man I told you I’ve been reading it all summer long from you. I know who it was intended for.

  31. DB55 Says:

    Buck Rodgers wins the internet tonight!

  32. DB55 Says:

    What exactly is Tedford doing in the press box? He looks like he’s hiding.

  33. Buc1987 Says:

    yep Says:
    September 14th, 2014 at 11:14 pm

    “I’m sick of this crap,the players and coaches tell us to be “patient”, but it’s just like any other year. ”

    No they told you “we don’t expect our fans to be patient any longer”.

  34. Killian Says:

    What’s even worse is the fact that we could have taken a timeout before their field goal and saved the team a lot of time for one last drive to close the half. This organization has been absolutely terrible at clock management the last several years. Why wouldn’t we want to try to put points on the board? Lovie is a coward!

  35. Buck Rogers Says:

    @ DB55 ??

  36. Prince Says:

    There was time for a chunk pass over the middle, and then a shot at the end zone, or maybe you break 20 yards on the chunk play.

    Shame on Lovie.

  37. Buc1987 Says:

    Killian Says:
    September 14th, 2014 at 11:17 pm

    “Lovie is a coward!”

    And a big talker as well.

    Don’t buy the lie.

  38. Keith Says:

    I didn’t pay $100, plus parking and beer gouging to watch the Bucs take a knee at midfield with timeouts in the bag. Bucs can eat my ass.

  39. DallasBuc Says:

    87- “DallasBuc…lol of course man. Damn man I told you I’ve been reading it all summer long from you. I know who it was intended for.”
    Reading is one thing. Understanding seems quite another. Glad to hear that you were with me. If you were truly reading all summer then you know I was regularly assaulted on these pages for what has now become common knowledge.

  40. Espo Says:

    Thank you for pointing that out Trox. It was evident from the end of the Rams possession they weren’t even going to try on offense.

  41. SomeGuyNamedGabbo Says:

    Lovie, this is why you lost. And why, if you don’t change, you will not last past 2016.

  42. Buc1987 Says:

    Keith come over to my house and I’ll only charge you $4.00 a beer, we have 77 degree air conditioning, a nice recliner, you can take a wizz without waiting, and watch them lose on my 50 inch TV screen.

    Parking is free too.

    Go Bucs!

  43. Buck Rogers Says:

    Lovie I hope your up watching your old team the Bears right now HITTING THE GAS and trying to win the game!!!!!!!

  44. Soggy Says:

    Just watched lovies press conference, I’m convinced – He’s on the pipe, That explains everything.. Also I could see him cursing with his eyes..

  45. AC DB Says:

    I am sorry lovie, u just lost me here
    Why would u draft a 9 foot player in the first round and rather give the ball to an un drafted player on key downs of the game
    Sorry call me stupid but I am lost here

  46. Mord Says:

    That opportunity and those timeouts? I don’t understand; there’s no excuse..

    But … the narrative in this post-game comment is illuminating what might arguably be some of the wrongest thinking ever articulated by the coach of a professional sports franchise.

    I’d say this is going to be a long season, but really, it could be a long 5 years, because this roster/regime might end up being yet the next installment in “playing just well enough to extend a coach’s job and avoid elite draft picks, despite badly needing the latter and needing to avoid the former”

    … Or maybe I’m just being a pessimist; yeah, yeah.. Game two and all … But I’ve been conditioned since 1976

  47. jo_mama Says:

    Only something Bad Could happen?

    Or Maybe something good could happen.

    Or maybe something in between can happen.

    Seeing how the game is geared towards offense I would lean towards good.

    Fire Lovie

  48. Buc1987 Says:

    Mord Says:
    September 14th, 2014 at 11:27 pm

    “… Or maybe I’m just being a pessimist; yeah, yeah.. Game two and all … But I’ve been conditioned since 1976.”


  49. Andrew 1 Says:

    HELLO! has anybody been paying attention!? They didnt trust McCown enough to put the ball in his hands during pressure situations!!! It was the same reason they ran the ball in the redzone instead of letting McCown pass the ball. You see it all the time, when an offense is reeling, they are more content with just letting the clock run out before half instead of forcing the issue. Why you ask? because that’s how you go down by more points before the half. But sure, you can twist Lovie’s words any way you’d like. smdh.

  50. Buck Rogers Says:

    Willie Young free agent this year picked up by Bears . 2 sacks in 4th q
    Mr. Johnson can’t even sniff the qb. Young didn’t even get half the money Mr. Johnson received!

  51. Couch Fan Says:

    “Dont worry guys its only 2 games now.”

  52. DallasBuc Says:

    Soggyass- “.. Also I could see him cursing with his eyes..”
    Eff!! Respect. Well played sir

  53. Buc1987 Says:

    Why in the hell do you draft Godzilla (Evans) and not use him in the red zone?

    Mike “Godzilla” Evans. I own that. Feel free to steal it.

  54. Andrew 1 Says:

    Now this also begs the question, If the bucs dont trust McCown that much then why is he in the game? The only answer I have is that they think he is the better option than Glennon right now. I wouldnt be surprised to see Glennon in there within the next couple of games though.

  55. Buc1987 Says:

    Buck Rogers Says:
    September 14th, 2014 at 11:33 pm

    “Mr. Johnson can’t even sniff the qb”

    I thought he was out for this game???

    Did Johnson play?

  56. buc40 Says:

    Very sad. Lovie is disappointing to say the least. His ignorance will cost him his job. When I heard the Jamie Dukes interview about the bucs having stallions as receivers but no o line. He was dead on. I say put Glennon in and let him throw the ball. It can’t hurt. This is a rebuilding season. When you have players that say it will take years to master this defense. I can not help but laugh at this ludicrous statement. This is the nfl people. Not For Long and you will end up unemployed.

  57. Buck Rogers Says:

    Johnson didn’t play. Based of week 1 it would not have mattered

  58. ManzielMadness Says:


    LOL all game I was screaming “do the coaches not realize we have two 6’5 receivers on the field!”. We spent our #7 draft pick on a WR that we do not use

  59. Soggy Says:

    @DallasBuc, I thought somebody would comment about that, Please just soggy will be fine..

  60. Buc1987 Says:

    ManzielMadness…I said the same thing more than a few times.

  61. Buck Rogers Says:

    In 2 games they haven’t thrown a deep pass to stretch the safeties! With Jackson and Evans you would think that would happen often. SMH

  62. CJO Says:

    This loss is utterly pathetic… This game should’ve never even come down to the Bucs needing a game winning FG attempt… The Rams came in here with their 3rd string QB and carved the Bucs defense up..running and passing the ball all day long just like the Panthers did with their 2nd string QB… I thought we’re supposed to be improved defensively.. ? We look as soft as we were last year.

    Win now? That’s funny the season is already over after 2 conference losses at home.. Can’t wait for Thursday against a fully healthy Falcons team on national TV. This franchise is so frustrating to back year after year… I will never leave but soon we will be as futile as the Browns…

  63. Buc1987 Says:

    “Please just soggy will be fine..”

    I almost pissed myself when I read that. Made my night. Thanks Soggy.

  64. DallasBuc Says:

    Soggy- I think Soggyass is cool but if you aren’t down then that’s fine. I have no malice in tune so we can get along any way you want. Soggy it is.

  65. Soggy Says:

    @Buc1987, This is a great place to vent and have some fun.. OH Ya…

  66. DallasBuc Says:


  67. Soggy Says:

    @DallasBuc, Thanks man, It just looks wrong..

  68. Hawaiian Buc Says:

    I like Lovie, a lot. That being said, this loss is on him. I’m not saying fire him or anything stupid like that, but there’s no doubt in my mind that he is responsible for this loss. He is trying to put all his trust on his defense that frankly isn’t that good, at least not yet. He’s literally doing the exact same thing Schiano did, and we are getting the same results. I really thought all that time in his famous basement would have woken him up to the reality that you can’t win like that, but apparently not.

    Our pass rush is pathetic. It really seems like we are sitting in a soft zone all game long and letting the QB pick us apart. I feel like we are running the Tampa 2 100% of the time. Why aren’t we blitzing to create some pressure? To me, the defense is just as conservative as the offense, and we are letting teams just march up and down the field on us. It looks way too easy. Thursday is going to be a loooooong game if we don’t change some things up.

  69. WalkdaPlank Says:

    I thought I misread that title, but now wish that I hadn’t read it at all. How embarrassing. That is just as bad IF NOT WORSE than Schiano’s comment on the hurry-up offense.
    “It doesn’t matter if it works, we didn’t practice it so we won’t run it.”

    What a joke.

  70. Broy3434 Says:

    Dallas Buc we get it dude. “You called it” congrats. U called something in the comment section on Joebucsfan.com. You’re not a celebrity bro. God u and kev were told once u were right and haven’t stopped. I’m trying to read comments and u guys r in here every article repeating yourselves. Ya, too conservative,outdated cover 2. U cant run a defense that literally makes it impossible to stop a tight end and WR both on streak routes. Safety had to choose and corner isn’t playing that deep. Regardless, the defense never blitzes and Derek Anderson and whatever the hell his name is on the Rams knew it too. Everybody knows what’s gnna happen. Who u more afraid to line up against. Rex Ryan’s d or lovie smiths. Knowing ur gnna get pressure or knowing ur gnna get time?(as a QB) I knew it too as far as Lovies system. Put brooks sapp ronde lynch Simeon all on the field idk if they stop any of these top offenses. CANT STOP THE RAMS

  71. Broy3434 Says:

    Worst part is: when a field goal wins it: you can’t run cover 2 saying hey “take the field goal”-to close dallas Buc just cuz a bunch of hothead fans said u were wrong doesn’t make u a god. How many analysts DIDNT pick the Bucs to win 7 games. Just stop

  72. chargedcbh Says:

    WTF? Lovie, are you trying to win, his pride has kicked in now. He knows Josh sucks but his pride won’t allow him to bench him. Sell the Bucs to Eddie….

  73. Delson Says:

    Tampa bays season is over almost as soon as it began. Not only will mccoy not play next week. Evans more than likely has a concussion. Martin is trash Michael Johnson is trash clayborn is trash stocker is trash evans herron asj n vjax have potential but our qb goes on auto pilot so whats the point of those 4? Even glennon looked more poised n in control of the offense last year as a rookie. One thing about conservative football it lessens ur chance of turning the ball over in crucial situations, but the lack of scoring points makes those crucial turnovers that much more crucial.

  74. Andrew 1 Says:

    @ Hawaiian Buc

    “He is trying to put all his trust on his defense that frankly isn’t that good, at least not yet.”

    Holy crap, somebody who actually knows what the hell is going on. I agree with that but he only difference is Lovie has proven he can win, in time, with his formula and Schiano hasn’t.

    The only reason I can think that Lovie isnt turning up the heat is that he wants to get his players used to the style of defense he plays. He wants his players to play up to his defense, not the other way around. It is true that Schiano tried this same thing, but again Lovie is proven and Schiano didnt prove much. I’ll stick with Lovie’s ways.

  75. Trubucfan22 Says:

    Ok I’m off the lovie bandwagon. These idiotic comments are what made me hate schiano. You can’t be conservative in the nfl. Why do these coaches keep putting us fans through this? If we are smarter than the coaches, then the players are in trouble. I really can’t believe lovie is this idiotic. It really makes me sad. I love this team, I pay hundreds of dollars every year to support this team, and I continually get shafted because our coaches are clueless. I won’t give up being a fan, but I just beg that something changes in lovie. For christ sake this is ridiculous. This is basically 2013 all over again. Talented team with idiots for coaches. At least we are better on offense than last season though.

  76. Hawaiian Buc Says:

    As bad as I think Lovie was tonight, I am honestly starting to feel like it’s bigger than that. I honestly feel like we are cursed, and I don’t even believe in that kind of stuff. We lose creatively! A dropped pick 6 in game 1 and an injury to run out the clock in game 2! A chip shot FG blocked. Closing in on half our starters with major injuries, including our best player. We just can’t catch a break. When is the ball going to roll our way? I feel like we need a damn voo doo doctor at One Buc Place tomorrow. I’m so frustrated, but the entire game I just couldn’t get past the feeling that we were going to find a way to lose. I just can’t help it. Are we cursed for firing Gruden? Was it cutting #55? To me honestly, it all goes back to the MNF game against Peyton and the Colts in 2003. We’ve just never been the same since then. We’ve just been exploring as many different ways to lose as possible since that awful night.

  77. DallasBuc Says:

    Broy- never suggested that I was a god but sadly I do take a victory lap on calling out the sht in front of all our faces. Excuse me for suggesting Josh McCown is not good. Hardly deity talk. Stop blaming fans for how they feel and start asking questions to the leaders responsible for the product we have all purchased in one way or another.

  78. WalkdaPlank Says:

    I’m predicting a repeat of the 2013 QB situation. Bucs lose two close games thanks to conservative calls and failure to trust the vet QB, then get blown out in Week 3 and MIKE GLENNON takes the stage Week 4.

  79. lurker Says:

    “Mike “Godzilla” Evans. I own that. Feel free to steal it.”

    i know the real godzilla doesn’t go down like evans did.

  80. lurker Says:

    this all makes me wonder if lovie was in his mom’s basement…

  81. DB55 Says:


  82. lurker Says:

    “… only difference is Lovie has proven he can win”

    umm, not here, nor against teams with winning records or .500 for that matter.

  83. Andrew 1 Says:

    He is sticking with his brand of defense, no matter what. It will take some time for his players to get comfortable enough with his defense to run it effectively, and the only way that’s going to happen is continues in-game repetition. So, with that being said, those growing pains are going to probably mean another losing season, so if anyone’s exceptions are any higher than that, then you’ll will be disappointed. BUT once these players do get it down, there’s no doubt it will have been worth the wait.

  84. Delson Says:

    I think I will looking for a new team to be a fan of for the remainder of this season

  85. Warthog Says:

    Time for Glennon. I don’t even think he’s gonna be that good but might as well give him 14 games so there’s no doubt what we have in him come the 2015 draft.

    We know what we have in McCown already, an aging journeyman with very questionable decision-making skills.

    I mean, come on, another sandlot-abortion INT on first and goal? Who does this guy think he is?

  86. Andrew 1 Says:

    If you don’t believe me, then listen Derrick Brooks who said it takes time and patience. He would know better than anyone when it comes to this defense.

  87. Hawaiian Buc Says:

    Andrew 1,

    I have no doubt you are right. Problem is, we are built to win now. We are going to lose a lot of our guys if they don’t start showing something. How can you justify paying Goldson this much money? Is Mason Foster going to be back? Is this defense a good fit for Banks? Verner? Who is going to rush the passer? This defense is probably the worst defense without a pass rush, and we have absolutely no pass rush. I don’t know, but I suspect if we keep losing, we are going to lose a bunch of starters next year. When that happens, the new guys are going to take a while to learn the system. The NFL is different from what it used to be. Patience isn’t exhibited by teams or fans. Like it or not, it’s the way it is.

  88. Warthog Says:

    When you realize you are envious of Browns fans #itsabucslife

  89. gotbbucs Says:

    Without Devin Hester to bail him out in half the games that season Lovie doesnt sniff that Super Bowl appearance.

  90. Jeagan9991 Says:

    We have 2 of the biggest WR’s in the league, and we didn’t throw one pass into the endzone all game long as far as I can remember! Thats a recipe for losing!

  91. Andrew 1 Says:

    @ Hawaiian

    I see what you’re saying, but at some point it won’t become an endless cycle of unfamiliarity. Those players that you mentioned, Goldson especially, might not be back, but more than anything it’s probably for the best, as we can find players who better fit this defense. And yea those new players will be new to the system, but maybe their skill sets will allow them to fit into this defense more seamlessly then the guys that we have now who are poor fits. I don’t expect a huge turnover on defense next year form the guys we have now, so the core should be well versed in the Tampa 2. As far as a pass rusher is concerned, I also agree. Come hell or high water we have to find a premier pass rusher this offseason. That is something that can’t be avoided.

  92. gt40bear Says:

    Complete lack of trust in his offense!

  93. killingMe87 Says:

    Closing the bar out in the casino in Cherokee,Nc right til 2am for my bucs. Whooo!!
    Next yeAr

  94. Andrew 1 Says:

    imo, I would say 8 out of the 11 starters on defense will be back next season, so not a huge turnover.

  95. Oahubuc Says:

    Just terrible. Someone convince me I need to continue to care about this team. I’ve been through all but 0-26 and I’m all out of craps to give about this team right now.

  96. Rob Says:

    Bucs fans are getting a crash course on why Lovie was run out of Chicago after a 10-6 season.

  97. Matt B Says:

    Throwing the ball from our own 40 into scoring range seemed to work at the end of the second half so how on earth can he say only something bad could’ve happened in the same situation (plus timeouts) at the end of the first half?

  98. jr Says:

    This is why people don’t go to games. Over pricing for less than average players and coaching.

  99. nick Says:

    I don’t think Lovie can win with this group, barron and goldston are garbage, and no pass rush, zero, cover 2 cant work like this.

  100. nick Says:

    mike evans is a joke

  101. Fred Says:

    I’m sorry but another Sunday where we were out played, out coached and out classed. Lovey owes 55 a huge apology. I also hope Evans is really hurt(not truly just a figure of speech) and didn’t take a dive trying to stop the clock. If McCown plays like sh()t again then it’s back to Glennon. Word is he’s ready and has also sharpened his scrambling skills. Lovey back to Chicago!

  102. Incognito Says:

    Might as well get used to it. It’s gonna be at least another year before lovie gets fired again.

  103. Newbucsfan!!! Says:

    Winston people, Winston!

    The Bucs are in a race w/ the rams for the #1 draft pick,now the rams will win at least 4 more games. So if the Bucs tie than they still get the #1

  104. bucstop.com Says:

    To all those people who want to move on from the Lovie regime already….listen up. The biggest problem the Bucs have is a lack of depth and a good roster. Thats what you get when you change Regimes every two years. Schiano got rid of Raheems people. Lovie got rid of Schiano’s people. As a result, the roster has thinned itself of talent.
    Look instead to our own over hyped expectations.

  105. bucstop.com Says:

    50% of coaches would have gone into the half with the ball at your own 40 yard line and 8 seconds left in a 3 point game. thats the real stat line after Rainey ran the ball on a draw. Otherwise we had 17 seconds left with ball at our own 30 ! That was a normal call, not really all that conservative, and certainly not ULTRA conservative like you guys are trying to make it out to be .

  106. NJBucsFan Says:

    New approach…score as little points as possible.

  107. buc4lyfe Says:

    Were the cowboys of Florida. Who cares about wins or losses let’s get our wins in the off season, get new uniforms new coach new staff new players and get the same results with same style

  108. Dusthty Rhothdes Says:

    Makes more sense now as to why the bucs didnt draft johnny football

  109. Jim Says:

    The real question is why didn’t the Bucs use their first time out after they sacked the Rams on 3rd and long with over a minute left? The Rams would have still kicked the FG, and the Bucs would have gotten the ball with over a minute and 2 time outs.

  110. Jim Walker Says:

    If I were the owner I would fire my coach immediately if he said that.

  111. Scotty in Fat Antonio Says:

    Maybe…just maybe the reason Lovie (Howell) didn’t want to put points on the board is because they didn’t practice it all week?

  112. Zoocomics Says:

    @ bucstop.com

    In regards to what most teams would have done before the half. Lovie’s conservative actions came before the Bucs final possession when he didn’t bother to use any timeouts when the Rams were clearly settling for a field goal… We would have had at least a minute and some change with (2) timeouts.

  113. ToesOnTheLine Says:

    @ Andrew1

    While it’s nice that you are showing patience for Lovie (something you showed none of to Schiano) what has Lovie done is far to make you think he’ll turn this around? Mike Shanahan was once a winning coach a very long time ago too and ended up getting fired again. I truly fear unless Lovie has an epiphany rather quickly that he is headed for the same fate. Just like an aging journeyman QB, aging retread coaches don’t get the benefit of making too many rookie mistakes.

  114. darin Says:

    I’ve sat through all the losing and winning years but this is hard to watch. When the head ball coach seems to not want to score points you can’t pin the loss on these backup players. Lovie is still in his basement. Thankgoodness I don’t have a damn basement. I might forget how to call timeouts when the opponent is driving under 2 minutes in the half and I know I’m getting the ball back. And maybe even forget the rule of the 10 second runoff and not look like a deer in the headlights when the call is made. I can handle it if the coach puts them in the best position to win and the other team just outplayed then but this is Fing ridiculous. I thought we had a real head coach this year. Too much time spent in the basement and notenough in the sunlight I suppose. I’m just glad I don’t have a basement.if so I might not know how bad lovie sabbotaged that team yesterday. Anthony Collins I feel your pain.

  115. kevin Says:

    Thank you for posting this Joe…Lovie just confirmed to me he really is over conservative and does not believe in taking chances. How the hell can any coach ever say I didnt want to put points on the board. Obviously McCown is handcuffed or he would have called the timeouts. Lovie is running a little league team. This is a sad reality check as a once excited bucs fan…I hope with Tedford calling plays thursday they get this offense going. The saints are two and 0 and they are an established football team.

  116. crazy Says:

    It looks like Lovie lacked confidence in the whole offense, play caller – play makers – OL, not just the QB to make something good happen in the waning moments of the first half as well as critical moments later in the game. Until the offense gels he’ll probably keep holding them back. Meanwhile he needs to figure out why his dominating defense can’t get off the field on 3rd down. Not a lotta wins coming until they do.

  117. Brandon Says:

    The world’s greatest offensive mastermind, Buddy Ryan, used to say that there were four things that coulen when you threw the ball and that three of them were bad. I’m pretty sure Lovie and Buddy share the same philosophy.