Lovie’s Confidence Rating Stable At 32%

November 14th, 2014

lovie 1110bJoe’s been polling readers weekly asking to rate their confidence in Lovie Smith.

A funny thing happened after the loss to the Falcons on Sunday.Joe’s Wednesday poll revealed those who voted themselves “confident” in Lovie were at 21.2 percent. Those “very confident” were at 5.8 percent. And “totally confident” checked in at 3.9 percent. That was nearly identical to the recorded data last week, following the loss in Cleveland.

In summary, Lovie’s confidence rating has stabilized at 32 percent.

That’s not good, but it sure could be worse.

Joe has not thrown in the towel like many fans have. Joe will go into the offseason feeling ok, if the Bucs can manage to play solid defense and win at three out of their last seven games. That’s not too much to ask.

41 Responses to “Lovie’s Confidence Rating Stable At 32%”

  1. BoJim Says:

    Fan since 77. No quit here.

  2. Hawk Says:

    Joe said (with a straight face?):
    “Joe will go into the offseason feeling ok, if the Bucs can manage to play solid defense and win at three out of their last seven games.”

    ROTFLMAO!! Really, Joe, put the ‘hope’ down and slowly walk away. DON’T LOOK BACK!!

    “That’s not too much to ask.”


  3. Tampabaybucfan Says:


    You may have temporarily lost some readers who did not participate in the latesatt poll….that could be why the numbers have stabalized. Those readers were probably negative to Lovie….


    Fan since ’76…..absolutely no quit here either!!!

  4. AK Says:

    Joe- any given Sunday but if they win 2 more I’d be surprised- the most disturbing thing about this season (and there are so many) … they are in line to go winless at home- we’ll be underdogs in the final 3 home games (Cincy,GB,N.O.) . Bucs have only gone winless at home once… 1976.

  5. biff barker Says:

    No offense Joe, but I’m going to wait for the flying pigs.

  6. lightningbuc Says:

    The 32% represents the ITTM – IT TAKES TIME MOB!

  7. Skyline Crew for Mariota or Winston Says:

    3 wins is a lot to ask for. Left on our schedule I can see us having a chance against the Skins, Bears, and Panthers. Nobody else, but we will lose those games anyways.

  8. Patrick in VA Says:

    I can only speak for myself but I think that most fans who are voting that they are confident are saying that they are confident in his ability to make the necessary changes to right the ship next year. Whether we win or lose going forward is irrelevant to me because I am more interested in him getting a good evaluation of the talent we have. That may mean playing second stringers against teams that are playing for a playoff spot.

  9. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    @ Patrick in VA

    Enjoy your game Sun….50 degrees & little chance of rain….
    I don’t know why but I feel a win coming on.

    As for Lovie evaluating talent after the season is lost…..I wonder if he will do that because he desperately wants a win or two….McCown is a good example of a decision made without the future in mind.

  10. Skyline Crew for Mariota or Winston Says:

    I’ll be at the game this Sunday. If you want me to yell something at Lovie or throw eggs just let me know. haha

  11. Keith Says:

    I would have voted but I can’t see well with this bag on my head. #itsabucslife

  12. Patrick in VA Says:

    @ TBBF – Here’s to hoping. I’ll be in the end zone in the front row so I’ll be willing the bucs in to the end zone. I feel like there’s a good chance that I might just be there with my head in my hands though

  13. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    @ Patrick in VA

    Wear the colors proudly!!!

  14. The Buc Realist Says:

    Wait until the offseason, That is when the rest of the “Sheep” will jump ship. Lovie will be on the hot seat for next year and any decent offensive coordinator will not want to tie their name to Lovie or the Bucs.

  15. Eric Says:

    Still completely behind Lovie. It took a long time to develop a team into this big a mess.

    We have some promising talent, especially offensively, but without a QB to go with it I fear we are whistling Dixie.

  16. INDYbucsfan Says:

    I wish I could quit… The bucs are like hardcore drugs. I know they’re bad for me and I can never seem to get back to that great high.

  17. Dylan Says:

    4-12? Just enough to make it seem like artificial progress, but not crappy enough to get into the top 3 of draft or force management to admit they made a mistake with his hiring.

    Sounds about like old times; anyone know if Ray Perkins is available?

  18. HawaiianBuc Says:

    My confidence lies much more with whether or not we have a QB over the coach. It’s hard to argue Lovie has done well with a 1-8 record, but it’s also hard to argue with the success he’s had at each and every one of his jobs. Offensively, we’ve been terrible, which I think is a combination of not having a QB, and the whole Tedford mess. Defensively is where I am shocked by how bad we’ve been. There’s really no excuse for it. I would expect a bunch of changes to both coaching (ahem, Frazier) as well as players. I would suspect Mason Foster won’t be here next year, as he is obviously a very poor fit for this defense. I’d also be shocked if Goldson will be back. The nickel position will almost definitely be upgraded as well. I think Lovie has the knowledge to fix the defense by next year, but the offense is definitely not his specialty. It is essential that we get a QB and a good OC, or we will be coach shopping again next year.

  19. lightningbuc Says:

    Keith Says:
    November 14th, 2014 at 10:32 am
    I would have voted but I can’t see well with this bag on my head. #itsabucslife



  20. ruggyup Says:

    Joe keeping his towel and already talking about NEXT season. Yap, yap, yap, yap, throw that towel away and get a new good quality big fluffy bathsheet size towel. One that will soak up next year’s season of tears.

  21. Patrick in VA Says:

    @ruggyup – what does that even mean?

  22. LUVMYBUCS Says:

    Taking a look back when Lovie was hired

    In response to HARRY

    Harry Says:
    January 1st, 2014 at 9:04 pm
    Lovie would not be the best selection as Bucs HC. I really like him. I would also love the stability Lovie would bring to the Bucs. But as Joe correctly pointed out: “…many fans think Lovie Smith will know how to fix these problens, even though he never led an offense ranked higher than 15th in the NFL.”

    With the Bucs being in the search for a franchise QB, they need long term stability for the offensive coaching positions. In a best case situation, if whoever Lovie hires has great success, another NFL franchise will hire him away the next year as a HC, hence an unstable situation. We cannot develop a QB that way.

    As much as I would like Lovie, he does not work well for the Bucs with where they are at with the QB status. Am I wrong on this?

    January 1st, 2014 at 9:10 pm

    As much as I Luv Lovie, and all that he stands for. I feel the same way.

    January 1st, 2014 at 9:03 pm
    (Fits our current personnel)
    Nor Turner-(Head Coach)
    Rob Chudzinski-(Offensive Coordinator)
    Cam Cameron-(Quarterback Coach)

    Ray Horton-(Defensive Coordinator)
    Bryan Cox-(Outside Linebackers Coach)
    Ken Flajole-(Inside Linebackers Coach)

    What Is Team Glazer’s New “Mandate?”
    January 1st, 2014

  23. billy buckaroo Says:

    I am actually more concerned about the OC situation then Lovie.
    Lovie has a contract that will keep him here for a while but
    how is Lovie going to address this OC situation and it became
    a situation once Tedford was gone.

    I simply don’t think Arroyo is quite ready for this position.
    He may be learning fast but still has a ways to go to be an
    NFL Offense Coordinator in this point scoring league.
    Lovie threw him into the fire out of necessity and he has admirably done
    what he could but Lovie has since not really addressed the situation
    from what we know or have been told.

    Hiring an OC now would give that person a chance to get a
    feel for the personnel the rest of the year and what the priority
    needs for next year should be, Players and coaches.

  24. Patrick in VA Says:

    If we’re already looking forward to next season then we need to figure out which potential OC we can get to start spending Mondays and Tuesdays in Lovie’s basement.

  25. Skyline Crew for Mariota or Winston Says:

    Unfortunately, we have Lovie for at least another year or two.

    “Firing coaches after one season is already rare, but firing a coach of Lovie Smith’s stature after giving him a four-year contract worth over $5 million per year. Coach contracts are fully guaranteed, folkd. The Glazers would be stuck paying three head coaching for the 2015 and 2016 seasons (Greg Schiano had a five-year contract), and (at least) two for the 2017 season.” -SB Nation

  26. Skyline Crew for Mariota or Winston Says:

    This is from the Pewter Report:

    Firing Smith could present more challenges than his dismissal might solve. First of all, which coach would want to work for the Glazers? Raheem Morris was fired after three seasons. Schiano was fired after two, and Smith would be fired after one year under the premise that a 1-15 record would lead to yet another head coaching change.

    The Glazers, who would be turning the Bucs into the Jaguars, Browns and Raiders – if the team isn’t there already – would be labled as impatient, fickle owners. Franchises that have turnstiles at the head coaching position don’t attract quality candidates and have to settle for unproven coordinators that don’t always pan out. Yet, that was the scenario that faced Browns owner Jimmy Haslam, and his gamble paid off with Pettine.

  27. Skyline Crew for Mariota or Winston Says:

    They are right, who would want to work for the Glazers? It even talks about how we could trade for Jim Harbaugh and force him to come here against his will. Do you really want a HC that was forced to come here? Nobody wants to coach here with the Glazers here. We need new owners.

  28. DallasBuc Says:

    Testing…what are my comments not posting?

  29. DallasBuc Says:

    If you don’t like it here, then leave. It’s ok. Joe has no complaint department, as you’ve been advised before. Yes, you have an intermittent issue. Ok. Now what. Joe has no reader care department. –Joe

  30. DallasBuc Says:

    No problem at all. Just enjoying the full experience on this site today! It’s slightly more interesting to talk about than this dreadful team.

  31. Patrick in VA Says:

    Don’t make up Joe theories, please. –Joe

  32. mac Says:

    The vote is skewed… Most people don’t give two shits at this point, they know we are stuck with Love for at least another season…

  33. 87ForJameisOrMariota Says:

    I voted confident again this week. Of course I’m blending next season with this season. Now if you poll me after the 2015 draft and they don’t take a QB in the first. Then I’ll drop down 2 notches to no confidence.

  34. Robert 9 Says:

    i agree with other. it a lot less when you take into account that don’t even care anymore and therefor did not take part in the poll.

    if you were the actually call every season ticket holder it would probably be in the teens or 20’s at best.

  35. Zam Says:

    I went from little confidence to no confidence. I wonder how many downgraded in a similar way.

  36. tickrdr Says:

    Two questions :

    1) On my computer, the times listed for the posts is still off by the one hour time change. For instance, the time listed for Zam’s post is 1:49pm?? Do others show this discrepancy?

    2) Can you tell me what leads to a post “awaiting moderation”, and I will try to avoid the offending words, names, whatever?

    Thanks in advance!

  37. tickrdr Says:

    1:14pm right now.


  38. 87ForJameisOrMariota Says:

    tickrdr Says:

    “2) Can you tell me what leads to a post “awaiting moderation”, and I will try to avoid the offending words, names, whatever?”

    Perhaps Joe just doesn’t like you? Ha ha ha

  39. OB Says:

    I gave a no conficence in Lovie last time because of all the reasons already hashed out from Punting to defending to blocking to play calling and no OC, but that doesn mean I am not a Bucs fan, if I wasn’t a Bucs fan I would not care, and I do.

  40. Tgregs Says:

    Lovie’s a moron. He only dreams of 4-12. We may luck in to another win but not 3. Where? Green Bay might as well be an away game except for the temp. They will quit in Chicago.

  41. Danny Says:

    Chuck Noll only won one game his first year and didn’t make the playoffs until his fourth. Back then the Steelers were really bad, but Noll wouldn’t last that long today.