November 25th, 2014

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In Joe’s time in the Windy City this weekend, there was sober, thoughtful, local analysis that the Bears would have been better off with Josh McCown as their starting quarterback than bratty Jay Cutler.

Adam Schein believes those folks were proven wrong Sunday.

In a scathing handful of words, Schein, NFL.com columnist and host of “Schein on Sports” heard exclusively on SiriusXM Radio, typed how bad the Bucs have sunk this season.

The Buccaneers are worse off than the Bears.
While Bears fans understandably lament a lost season, the circulating myth that they would’ve been better off with former coach Lovie Smith and ex-quarterback Josh McCown was debunked in Chicago on Sunday.

Yes, the Bears’ QB-coach tandem of Marc Trestman and Jay Cutler has underachieved this season. No doubt about it. But Tampa’s corresponding combo has been even worse. The Bucs expected Lovie to lead them to the playoffs. They have two wins despite playing in a division that will probably go down as one of the worst in NFL history.

In Joe’s eyes, Lovie’s math is bad. He keeps up this silliness that a 2-9 team is in the playoff hunt. Joe doesn’t care what kind of hopscotch math you use, that’s an insult to intelligent football fans.

The better math, and what Lovie should stress, is that while the Bucs may, mathematically, be two games out of a playoff berth, they are but one game out of the No. 1 pick in the draft.

To hear more from Lovie, click the arrow below. Audio player courtesy of Joe’s friends at WDAE-AM 620.

23 Responses to “Splat!”

  1. Tom Edrington Says:

    Does anyone really think Lovie is making good decisions?

  2. Todd Says:

    Land the first pick and let’s pick a legit qb and get this rebuild under way

  3. Todd Says:

    Who really picked mike Evans ? Tedford ? Or lovie ? Because everyone else FA wise lovie picked stinks! Only good thing we did was draft evans

  4. biff barker Says:

    2-9 speaks rather loudly folks.

  5. Phil Says:

    We need to do everything possible to draft Jameis Winston and hopefully the Glazers will realize the hiring Lovie was a mistake and move on. Of course probably neither of those will happen.

  6. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    What is really disturbing is that there were several games that we should have and could have won and we could be on top of this division….this year was an opportunity for a bad team to win the NFC South….and one will…

  7. biff barker Says:

    The rebuild has been underway and underwhelming.

    We gut the OL to become a better pass blocking team yet insist on pounding the rock. No speed in space, just the chuck and duck with the human pick machine McCown. But hey, good guy, great veteran presence and still a crappy QB all these years later.

    Follow the fingerprints and they all lead back to Lovie. The 4-12 team he inherited “is not very good” gets ransacked but the expensive FA’s have done, well, nothing. Maybe even worse than that.

    EDS, Johnson, Collins….. right guard is it’s own special story. The FA failures is easily my biggest disappointment. That’s hard to do.

    This team does need a QB, but not the side show that’s expected to come with Winston. Give Lovie another year to churn another 12 players on the roster. Maybe we’ll get to 4-12 again.

    Much suck in Bucville.

  8. bucrightoff Says:

    Bears fans saw Lovieball again and realized yeah Trestman isn’t perfect but at least we aren’t banging our heads into the wall anywhere near as much. Textbook Lovieball moment: The challenge at the 2 minute warning that had a 95% chance of failing. That timeout would have been nice, 50 seconds left with the ball means they can get into Hail Mary mode for Evans. 10 seconds means Stanford band play. Bears fans loved that one no doubt, for once they were on the other side of idiocy.

  9. Harry Says:

    What is most concerning to me is not this horrific season, but that Lovie will be the one leading the rebuilding. Not only has Lovie never been responsible for player evaluation prior to coming to the Bucs, but he has proven to be incredibly bad at it. Another year from now, the Bucs could look worse then they do now!

  10. BucBob1 Says:

    Lovie Smith-can’t pick talent, discipline a team, has 2 more years left of guaranteed money, and sounds like Forrest Gump.

    Josh McGirlyman- has no poise in the pocket

    Mike Glennon-is now, the quarterback of the ?

    Chicago fans can now breath a sigh of relief.

  11. flmike Says:

    We were a 4-12 team last year…
    We were a 2-14 team last year…
    We were a 1-15 team this year…

    This will be Lovie’s mantra each season he is employed by the Bucs….

  12. RastaMon Says:

    Lovie is not the answer….he his nothing more than a journeyman HC…..he is incapable off becomig anything else…he can not pick talent or put together a coaching staff…..I don;t care how much the Glazers have in dead coach salaries……FIRE LOVIE SMITH 1 Jan 2015

  13. Noel Says:

    Note to self: Never hire a head coach that sat in his basement for a year dissecting games.

  14. Buccfan37 Says:

    That Lovie pic up top is perfect to sum up his season so far.

  15. sho-nuff Says:

    not unlike the Rays…sure you make make the playoffs with smoke and mirrors…but when you get there…you have to face MEN…game over every time…

    just face it bucs fans wimpy ownership works its way through the organization…I’m not a fan of silver spoon money…their daddy got them and gave them what they have..they have no clue on how to earn respect…as long as the bean boys own this team YOU WILL LOSE….

  16. Zam Says:

    Don’t be defeatist. If you have a chance to make the playoffs, you should keep striving to do it. Otherwise you are a quitter. There are plenty of quitters who hide behind being “intelligent” and “realistic”, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t quitters.

  17. RastaMon Says:

    Lovie is as Lovie does….

  18. billy buckaroo Says:

    I hope that L&L take a hard look at all the coaching positions at the end of the season aside from just the player personnel. Im not convinced that all those worked out well either.

  19. teacherman777 Says:

    our defense gave up 200 yards you morons!!!!!

    our defense is getting so much better week by week

  20. ToesOnTheLine! Says:

    The defense has been playing better of late, but it’s still just reaching NFL mediocrity as opposed to the NFL joke it had been earlier in the season.

  21. bucsfaninchina Says:

    I see improvement all over the field. But until a competent offensive line can be pieced together and the qb leading the team isn’t a career backup in his mid-30s, this team cant be taken seriously.

  22. sho-nuff Says:

    zam…insulting reality makes you an intellectual quitter..

  23. IdahoBucsfan Says:

    Had we kept Schiano for a 3rd year,.. I have to believe we actually Would be contending for the division this year! Lovie has made the team worse,.. remember that we won 4 of our last 8 games last year in the most rediculous situation I have ever seen a team try to overcome. Lovie was a step in the wrong direction!