Lovie’s Confidence Rating Surges To 59%

November 19th, 2014

LovieJagsWhat a difference a decisive win makes.

“Simple as that,” as Lovie Smith likes to say.

Zogby-like polling of JoeBucsFan.com readers yesterday saw a shift in various opinion analytics on the head coach.

After stabilizing with a confidence rating of 32 percent for two consecutive weeks, readers elevated their opinion of Lovie over the past 24 hours.

Here is the fresh voting data:

Totally confident: 5.95 percent
Very confident:    12.81 percent
Confident:            40.25 percent
Little confidence: 31.24 percent
No confidence:       9.75 percent

The number of fans voting “confident” doubled from last week, so Lovie sure helped legions of Bucs lovers get a good nights of sleep since the Washington beating.

Peace has been restored temporarily. Pitchforks and riot plans have been tossed in closets across the Tampa Bay area, though Joe suspects they haven’t been tossed in the trash yet.

39 Responses to “Lovie’s Confidence Rating Surges To 59%”

  1. biff barker Says:

    Maybe those 20% who changed their vote should sound off.

    We easily could have lost that game to a decent team. The Skins are imploding and RG3 led the way.

    Sure we played better and it sure did feel good on Monday. Wins are scarce, yes, but it wasn’t enough to change my vote. i.e. little.

  2. Ray Rice Says:

    May not be soon or with these coordinators but ultimately I think he will turn it around.

  3. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    It is quite obvious the Team has not quit on Lovie Smith and we shouldn’t either…..it is fine to be critical and everyone hates losing and the coach will be blamed…..but let the man do his work…..Even though L&L told us we shouldn’t be patient….we know we have to….this will take a couple of years to turn around.

    Here is the problem…..we only have

    Eight years Buc Draft selections 1st 2 rounds.
    2007 Adams, Sears, Piscitelli
    2008 Talib, Jackson
    2009 Freeman
    2010 McCoy, Price, Benn
    2011 Clayborn, Bowers
    2012 Barron, Martin , David
    2013 Revis, Banks
    2014 Evans, ASJ

    We have 5 starters out of 18 1st & 2nd round picks & 3 of the 5 are from the last 2 years!!!

  4. 941 bucs fan Says:

    I post #fireloviesmith on the bucs facebook page after each game. I went from a season high 91likes last week to only 4 this week.

  5. bucrightoff Says:

    As I already said yesterday the poll is basically a “Did the Bucs win” poll. Because if they go to Chicago and lose or get blown out, the numbers will revert to 60% little to no confidence. Did that much change in a week? Not really, but most fans are pretty reactionary.

  6. mac Says:

    No doubt our defense is playing better and perhaps Love is on the road to respectability…

    But this offense (with the exception of Mike Evans) sucks donkey balls… I mean does the OC even know what play action pass is or a bootleg? You run the same run play several times with success then you do nothing off of that?

    I am not getting too carried away… We beat a team that is a total mess…

    But winning a game on the road by 20 is a good start…

    Go Bucs!

  7. Buccfan37 Says:

    A win goes a long way in restoring Buc fandom, any win over anybody on any day. That’s what the fanbase has been reduced to, a couple or few wins beats not winning any.

  8. The Buc Realist Says:


    how many voted in the last poles compared to the latest pole? full disclosure please! because I think a lot of the “no confidence in Lovie” people have completely given up!

  9. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    @ Buc Realist

    You are probably right……and the poll (I suspect) doesn’t prohibit voting multiple times…..there are other aspects that make it unreliable….but nontheless…it is certainly an indication of support/non-support….

  10. Kevin Says:

    All this proves is that most fans are incredibly fickle. In reality, the difference between 1 win and 2 wins is only slight. This team has still found ways to lose more often than not, and that’s a reflection of our head coach and the group of players he brought in.

  11. jo_mama Says:

    great coaches find ways to win close games, great coaches find ways not to get multiple blow outs against us.

    i have zero faith in Lovie or the coaching staff he is responsible for.

  12. Robert 9 Says:

    i’m still here

    voted no confidence. still don’t have any.

    funny how beating an imploding team with a QB more worried about endorsements than his play, a team that probably wrote us off and was at the strip club till the AM…..funny how a win can sway the sheep.

    I am not so easily swayed.

  13. Pickgrin Says:

    I have voted “confident” every time Joe has run the poll. Of course I could be wrong – but I believe that the Bucs will be “relevant” again under this coach and will be competing for the playoffs in 2016. It will take two more drafts to get the talent needed. The list above of 1st and 2nd round picks for the last 8 years says it all. 5 starters on this team out of 18 high picks is why this team sucks. Thanks Dom!

    I feel like L&L drafted pretty well this year – obviously taking who they believed was BPA with the 1st 3 picks and got us some offensive weapons. Time to concentrate on the lines – find a REAL QB of the future and also find a stud MLB.

  14. HawaiianBuc Says:

    The win last week didn’t affect my vote. I’ve voted confident each and every time, and I will continue to do so until at least about this time next year. Lovie knows what he is doing, even though he’s clearly made some big mistakes. However, even the best of the best make mistakes. We have a losing culture at One Buc, and that is often times the hardest thing to change. We’ll get there.

  15. HawaiianBuc Says:

    Funny watching all the haters get their panties in a bunch because of other people showing confident in our coach.

  16. Robert 9 Says:

    meh, 56-0 and our division rivals pulling their starters in the 3rd qtr kind of stays with some poeple longer than others i guess

  17. Newbucsfan!!! Says:

    Bill Belicheat SUCKED at his 1st head coaching job and wasn’t that special in New England until Brady came along so cool it with the “great coaches find a way to win” argument as it applies to this Bucs team. This team is fortunate to have two wins and if you still want that type of argument then Lovie found a way to be in almost all of the Buc games w/ no coordinator, a defense that didn’t understand his scheme, players that were underachievers, QB’s who are both back-ups, QB coach that couldn’t call a good game, and an offense with no sunshine except for Mike Evans. Oh and a terrible O-line but well people think what they want.

  18. lightningbuc Says:

    Funny watching some call people haters this year when all they did last year was hate Schiano. Ironic huh?

  19. 87ForJameisOrMariota Says:

    I only wear panties on Thursday.

  20. HarriMags1 Says:

    Every time Joe has put this post up — I’ve answered “Confident.”

    My vote has not changed, because I am Confident in Lovie. The so-called BUCS Fans call way too early for coaches to be fired! If you want more losing, continue to call for Lovie to be fired. If you want a relevant team, a perennial playoff team, then shut up and let Lovie do his job! STOP the madness; it’s because of the complainers that Chucky was run out of town!

  21. Pickgrin Says:

    Funny how some haters don’t like it being pointed out that they are hating prematurely.

  22. Robert 9 Says:

    whatever your smoking newbucsfan, put it down man.

    the bucs were not even close to being competitive in ANY of the 1st 7 games I suffered through.

    they were a disgrace. the defensive scheme was a disgrace, the offensive line was a digrace, the running game… the WHOLE friggin team. they were not worthy of even taking the field. and those are ALL NFL athletes, so I put it squarely on the coaching, schemes, and in game decisions.

  23. buc4lyfe Says:

    The disappointed fools, the ones that complain about how bad we suck so much that they can’t enjoy a bucs win against a better opponent. Who in the hell would step out on a limb before Sundays victory and said we’re better than the skins? The point is their two speedy receivers only had a couple big plays available….sorry ass bucs hater biff barker is complaining about wins and losses for what? Schiano started out hot and sucked further into the season. Is your Tampa baby team getting better? Bases on the play you have to say yes. No more blowouts says yes they are

  24. Skyline Crew for Mariota or Winston Says:

    I still voted little confidence. We will see after this week, but one game does not turn around a season. Sorry for those of you that are easily excited about 1 game.

  25. 87ForJameisOrMariota Says:


    Confident that by mid way next season we all will be having total confidence.

  26. mike n Says:

    We going from being the worst in the nfl to 28 or 29 out of 32. I’m confident in lovie now. Its amazing what happens when you beat a 2-8 team.

  27. 87ForJameisOrMariota Says:

    mike n …the Skins we’re 3-6 at the time.

  28. HawaiianBuc Says:


    I’ve already gone there with you yesterday, to which you conveniently ignored the facts.

    And for at least the 100th time, this is year one for Lovie. I was very supportive of Schiano in year one, even with our late season melt down. If you can’t see the difference, then I can’t do nothing for you.

  29. Buctebow Says:

    I voted confident and still am. We need continuity to improve, he needs at least two more years. The team won’t be flashy under him, but it will get better. I’m not worried about the coaching part, but am more worried about the personnel decisions going forward. This seems to be true with every Bucs regime, so that is nothing new.

  30. abdominal snowman Says:

    I went up a notch from confident. Yea they were a 3-6 team but also one who beat the cowbo. You say redskins imploded but I say the bucs exploded. They took advantage of the opportunities they’ve missed all season. I don’t wanna hear we haven’t been close when wevr had 5 4th quarter leads and lost.

  31. Espo Says:

    It’s funny. The poll results are indicative of Buc fandom in general. Fans flip flop so easily. Very few stick around and show support when we’re losing.

  32. Trubucfan22 Says:

    Winning cures all. I went from little confidence to confident this week. The team is improving that’s the main thing. Also benching Glennon for a real qb helped sway me a lot.

  33. Socalbucsfan Says:

    I had little confidence then…. And still have little confidence now!

  34. DB55 Says:

    No confidence.

    When we win a division game and a team w a winning record I’ll be little confident

    When we win 3 division games and 2 teams w winning rec I’ll be confident.

    When we win 5 division games and 4 teams with winning rec I’ll be completely confident.

    Seems fair idk

  35. ddneast Says:

    Good to see all the Debber Downer posters are back. DB55 the Bucs beat the Steelers who have a winning record.
    As for who they play and beat, I’ll forward your criteria for respectability to the NFL office so they can rearrange this years and next years schedule to conform to your standards.

  36. HawaiianBuc Says:


    I can live with that. Not unreasonable.

  37. sho-nuff Says:

    really?…every high priced FA is out, busted or not performing….I have zero confidence in hubris and the claymation puppet picking personnel

  38. Barmorej Says:

    These types of numbers are, literally, meaningless.

  39. buc4lyfe Says:

    Loll heathens…. I won’t have faith in the bucs until they win the division. well by then who the hell would care about your opinion that is the definition of a bandwagon fan which is why we are who we are. Bills fans or cubs fans have an excuse bucs fans don’t we were inconsistent at the top and it trickled down to the field, we were the first in this division to be great, saints and falcons have peaked, only bucs and panthers have the overall youth and talent and the cycle is repeating itself at the perfect time, best time to peak and take the crown of the division back