Confidence In Lovie Jumps Significantly

January 4th, 2015

LovieRefereeBucs fans really seemed to love how the Lovie Smith regime found a way to win the Chase for Jameis by losing to the Saints.

Results from Joe’s weekly Lovie Smith confidence poll were stunning.

Previously, Lovie Smith’s confidence rating hovered consistently just under 35 percent. But last week, support for Lovie ticked up.

Thousands of voters on Tuesday and Wednesday recorded the following when asked to grade their confidence in the head coach:

Totally Confident – 6.45%
Very Confident     – 7.6%
Confident            – 29.25%
Little Confidence – 31.29%
No Confidence    – 25.41%

That’s a confidence rating of 43.3 percent. During Christmas week, Lovie was at 34.3 percent.

Joe’s not sure what this all means. Perhaps the three interceptions of Drew Brees sparked more confidence in Lovie’s defens?

Or maybe fans were just buoyed by Lovie getting the job done finding a way to lose — the only smart thing to do.

78 Responses to “Confidence In Lovie Jumps Significantly”

  1. Harry Says:

    What it means is Lovie and his staff have been voting on JBF!!

  2. Biff Barker Says:

    Maybe it’s hope that with both a new OC and QB we might actually win a home game.

  3. thunderchunkyPA Says:

    Until we see Lovie get a quality OC and build a quality O line, I am part of the 60 ish%. Lovie was the “safe” hire and the other 1st year head coaches( as Joe has pointed out) have all made BIG improvements.

  4. CC Says:

    In Lovie we bust!

  5. Soggy Says:

    To see lovie set starters the 2nd half for our future gave me something to like about lovie, It muist have been hard to take another loss, I just hope it was his idea..We easily could have won that game..Poll level went up some for me..

  6. Senor Mofo Says:

    It’s probably just because Lovie survived Black Monday.

  7. FowlBall Says:

    Seriously- does anyone really think Lovie made the tank-cision all by himself?

  8. kevin Says:

    Get over it joe….nobody wants what they saw from Winston in a Bucs uniform. Yes I understand the rbs gave up the ball three times. But Im not going off the score Im going off what I saw. Winston will fall significantly. Mariota or a huge trade with philly. But it would have to be an rg3 or julio jones type trade WITH foles included or else I would stick with Mariota. Dont screw this up Lovie….

  9. JoeJoes Fungi Nails Says:

    yeah..they have not lost in a couple of weeks now…..

  10. SteveK Says:

    Lovie never left his basement. Hopefully next year he doesn’t see his shadow.

  11. Eric Says:

    I saw the signs of a team coming together.

    Played hard. Some lights were coming on.

    Wins are a lagging indicator. I think the core players on this team know they are going to be good.

    It shall come to pass.

  12. Soggy Says:

    @FowlBall – Probably not but I hope he also thought it was a good idea..

  13. DallasBuc Says:

    57% think he puts nuts in his mouth

  14. BucsInDeep Says:

    We didn’t win the ‘Chase for Jameis”…we had to “Lose A Lotta for Mariotta”

  15. Tom Edrington Says:

    Have been checking Lovie’s undistinguished list of past offensive coordinators…..check the list and see if you think Lovie is capable of getting anyone in here who is any good….

    Joe, run the list!!

  16. BucNears Says:

    You don’t miss a chance to throw your stupid support for a raper (allegedly). Joe you’re starting to look even more stupid than last years support for id rather party than prepare Manziel. Admit you don’t know shi! In QB evaluation. No way in hell do the Bucs select a bust in waiting..

  17. Soggy Says:

    BucsInDeep Says:
    January 4th, 2015 at 5:38 pm

    We didn’t win the ‘Chase for Jameis”…we had to “Lose A Lotta for Mariotta”


  18. Eric Says:

    Must have had someone fairly good to get to the Super Bowl….

  19. lurker Says:

    confidence jumped because he tanked!

  20. port richey george Says:

    joe says: Or maybe fans were just buoyed by Lovie getting the job done finding a way to lose — the only smart thing to do.
    yes I think that was it.

  21. port richey george Says:

    the team has the worst record in football.
    why else would anyone vote for the guy.
    because he intentionally tanked to get the
    #1 overall pick.

  22. Eric Says:

    We were just soooooo darn good before Lovie Smith got here and ruined it.

  23. lurker Says:

    at least we agree on something, eric…lol

  24. mikeh Says:

    CHASE FOR JAMEIS? really joe! u know something we don’t. get over it! joe Winnie Winston is another freemon! a head case and I hope your wrong! just like the lovie poll!

  25. mikeh Says:

    ALSO- I see the ben-gals lost in first round yet again! marvin lewis lovies twin! overrated just like this chump of a coach we have.

  26. mikeh Says:

    but I guess that’s more than we the fans have seen in a few years!

  27. Soggy Says:

    Lions are feasting on some cowboys..

  28. Scotty in Fat Antonio Says:

    Dakota Watson (Cowgirls) sighting….LMFFAO!

  29. DB55 Says:

    Let’s just hope the cowgirls get their cheeks handed to them today. Hopefully that brings some good news to TB. Lovie to marinelli “you complete me”.

  30. Eric Says:

    I recall everyone roasting chucky for one and done.

    To be replaced by none and done for six years.

    The same group of morons are now all over Lovie…

  31. mikeh Says:

    ya soggy! go lions kick tony homos butt! lol ooops room!

  32. mikeh Says:

    meant romo

  33. DB55 Says:

    That tampa 2 looking strong.

  34. BuccaneerBonzai Says:

    Glad the cowgirls are losing. Rod is on his way 😉

  35. BuccaneerBonzai Says:


    I agrer.

  36. rayjay1122 Says:

    That typo was hilarious.

  37. mikeh Says:

    I personally never said that about chucky! cuz this year is first time I have been on this sight. and never wanted him fired but u must know everybody, idiot!!!!

  38. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Patience….please….I know it’s tough to be a Buc Fan…..but if we all would just keep hanging in there…..then eventually we die….

  39. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Now on a more positive note…..look what making the playoffs did for the Bengals, Steelers & Cardinals….and hopefully the Cowgirls….a worse draft pick….one & done….and we have the #1…..

  40. mikeh Says:

    tampabaybucfan- true but!!!! lol.

  41. mikeh Says:

    the object of the game is to win!!!!!!!!!!!!!! lol.

  42. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    @ Mitch

    I’m just mocking all the the tank crowd…..we won by losing….

  43. Tampabaybucfan Says:


  44. mac Says:

    Of course his confidence rating is up… We didn’t lose this week… I believe Lovie’s defense will be fine… It will be his ability to choose the correct QB, correct OC and system and fix the decrepid offensive line that will determine the Buccaneers fate…

    I think whoever they chose for OC will show which QB they are choosing…

  45. mikeh Says:

    its cool! no big hing chiken wing!!!

  46. BuccaneerBonzai Says:

    I felt Gruden had done what was asked…back to back winning seasons. But I didn’t care for him at all. Of course, I did not like his replacement either.

    I DID like Schiano, and Dominick together. I think they made a great combination. THEY would draft Mariota.

    I felt Schiano got a bum deal. Freeman was forced on him, and he was only permitted to draft a qb in the 3rd round. There was the mrsa too. The media attacks.

    I like Lovie Smith. I think he can return the defense to greatness. I also think he should be hands off the offense. They need a good OC who can pick the staff he wants.


    I want Mariota, but Greg Roman is not suited for him. The reason Colin has not done well this year is because Roman was forcing him to stay in the pocket. A good oc uses the talents of the qb, not forces him to be something he isn’t.

    If we get Mariota, Greg will find a way to mess him up. 49ers fans are BEGGING us to take him.

  47. Bucnut2 Says:

    Np my confidence is he’s one year closer to being fired

  48. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    How do we know that Mariota isn’t capable of playing in a different system?

    I don’t think the choice of OC necessarily will indicate who our choice of QB will be….but I think our ability to pick Mariota or Winston will definately be a plus toward hiring a good OC.

    I predict Lovie’s confidence level will continue to rise in the off-season dependent on some of the moves we make…

  49. BuccaneerBonzai Says:

    I just hope its not a college hire.

    Even if they hire someone I don’t want, I’ll get behind them.

    Btw, Rod Marinelli is a free agent if the cowboys lose, but so is Jason Garret. He’s make an interesting OC…

  50. CC Says:

    How do you make a 4-12 team worse?
    Hire Lovie Smith as head coach.

  51. BuccaneerBonzai Says:

    Very constructive, CC.

  52. Mike10 Says:

    Watch, confidence will continue to rise throughout the offseason as ppl forget the sting of sucking week-in, week out

  53. BuccaneerBonzai Says:

    Wow. I didn’t know Dez Bryant is a free agent this off season.

    Jones is insane. His HC, DC, RB & WR are all on expiring contracts.

  54. Aubpierce Says:

    I have less confidence now then I did last year in Lovie . I said to win in the NFL you would have to score 31 points a game,but I didn’t realize the Bucs would give up almost 26 points a game. If the great defense repeats itself next year you will have to average about 35 points a game to make the post season.Fat chance when you have an offensive line that couldn’t compete against a good college team and personal decision in free agency that were the worst ever. I hate to say it,but I expect the poor decision to continue. Someone else must make the decision in free agency and you must hope someone wants your first pick and is willing to give up a kings ransom so you can replace at least ten current starters to be the post season race.

  55. Java Says:

    Still over 56% of the vote is little to no confidence showing how bad of a hire Lovie was. Seeing all these good QBs carry their teams to victory makes me jealous. No confidence Loser Lovie will ever get a qb

  56. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    A bit tougher to get Marinelli after that last defensive stand…..more expensive for us or Jerry…..

  57. Dave Pear Says:

    Agreed. Defense came up big time.

  58. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    All those #1 picks & Detroit hasn’t won a playoff game since the 1991 season……wow….

  59. Oahubuc Says:

    Typical offseason delusional thinking. Lovie is a buffoon employed by the Three Stooges.

  60. Hilobuc Says:

    The Previous post ^^^^ was made by an idiot!

  61. Fort Myers Dave Says:

    Still 56.7% of those polled have little or no confidence in Lovie so I do not call the slight uptick in those actually being confident as a ringing endorsement; maybe all the chatter about actually hiring a real OC and tanking the Aint’s game to outtank the Titans in the chase for Winston or Mariota just got some people hoping that Lovie actually has some sort of gameplan for the future and this plan included tossing the 2014 season in the garbage bin to get a cornerstone qb…. Personally its still tough for me to trust the dude or his buddy Licht until the team actually wins some games……

  62. bucs4lyfe Says:

    CC Says:
    January 4th, 2015 at 7:26 pm
    How do you make a 4-12 team worse?

    By playing without an offensive coordinator dumbass…. All these bitter bucs fans, you all sound like foolish children having a temper tantrum. Bucs season is over but your still coming to joebucsfan every day looking for a nugget. By coming here crying like children your still supporting the team still looking for hope while good teams are actually playing in postseason. Get it out of your system then reset before the new league year starts because most of your are too growth to be whining like this

  63. missingMr.rutgers Says:

    nice to see another Bucs prospect go to another team and excel. Like so many do, George Selvie signed in 2013 and cut in 2013 was the starting DE for the Cowboys in todays game v.s. Detroit. I guess the inmates are running the asylum.

  64. missingMr.rutgers Says:

    At bucs4lyfe, You know we why come here? Because so many of us bought into the “Hype’ generated by the Bucs themselves. we foolishly trusted in them after the Morris-Schiano debacles, we put all of our trust in faith in them and what do they do? kick us right square in the nuts. Coming here and venting helps releive stress so I dont B^#%$ slap someone I pass by in the store wearing a Saints-Panthers jersey. JOEBUCS is theraputic. Very theraputic. Dont rock the boat.

  65. Fort Myers Dave Says:

    Selvie was an All American in 2007 while a student at USF. For a time a lot of people thought he would be an impact player in the NFL but his numbers fell off in his last 2 seasons at USF and then he was drafted by the Lambs in the 7th round who cut him and then he drifted through Jacksonville and Carolina before he signed with the Bucs so to be fair the Bucs front office were not the only one to drop the ball on Selvie but he was thought of as a first round talent under Jim Leavitt but just never really reached his potential until now with the Cowboys…..

  66. 1trubuc Says:

    @Joe an off topic thought. Just reading about Suh and how he’s done in Detroit. Do you think it possible we use our unspent cash on him and say “Suh meet McCoy, now go play together!” Do we have that cash and would it work?

  67. Pruritus Ani Says:

    A statistical anomaly caused by by diehard Lovie lovers who vote multiple times via proxy servers located in the Czech Republic or Belarus.

  68. Todd Says:

    joe winston is staying in school i bet

  69. Rex Says:

    What’s really sad to me is that you guys have Raheem Morris more of a chance after the first year than lovie. Give the guy a damn chance!

  70. bucs4lyfe Says:

    lol you guys talk like the bucs were superbowl contenders or something, that was all in your own head because we’re bucs fans, this team isn’t worse this team isn’t the same and you cant judge better or worse by stats, we should have gone 0-16 without a offensive coordinator and to Fort Myers Dave, we weren’t the first or the last ones to cut George selvie. you guys are pathetic, mark dominic let Michael Bennett and roy miller walk for peanuts, gilberry is ball over in cincy and team that was a nobody just like us until they got a couple offensive draft picks right. people are so forgetful rashaad Melvin and George selvie?? the two together doesn’t compare to the foolish moves schiano made in the offseason of his second year, the money he wasted on revis signing him to tampa just to rehab, signing the hawk to a big contract and he’s got one interception as a buc in two years……people please stop talking like just because we signed a famous coach things were supposed to be fixed in one year…everyone gets two years except in rare cases and I think last year’s draft was a success but I guess you guys think because only one got the hype that it was a bust

  71. Nole on Sat.-Bucc on Sun. Says:

    Well those of you who are in favor the Buccs organization taking mariota,you might wanna re- visit Jason Lihts interveiw from last Friday. The only school he mention by name was Florida State University. Not to mention he did say they’re not looking for a choir boy. Jamies Winston for president.

  72. Nole on Sat.-Bucc on Sun. Says:

    It’s funny I never heard tank talk last year when the Texans who were a playoff team the year prior went 2-14 for the purpose of drafting Clowney. Or the Colts when they went 2-14 for the purpose of replacing the golden boy with the lucky charm. I wonder what some of thought years ago,if you were when born yet when Jimmie Johnson went 1-15 with his newly acquired cowboys. You see that how worked out right. This microwave society. Smh.

  73. Nole on Sat.-Bucc on Sun. Says:

    Amen Fowlball.I mean do you folks really believe losing games was really solely Lovies decision all his own. Please,that came all the way from top baby. And another thing,I don’t think it was coincidence Carr who played his College ball Fresno ended up in Oakland. I also don’t think it was coincidence Bortles who played his college at ucf ended up in Jville. Put it together man,the Seminole staying in state as well. Again I’m taking bets for anyone who truly disagrees.

  74. Edgar Says:

    Confidence went up because they are looking for an OC. At least he realizes now Arroyo was not quite ready

  75. BuccDeez Says:

    Im confident in a better season then 2014. Im confident in a better Team & record then 2014. Anyway say we use $ to get Suh. Then trade our 1st pick for Phillip Rivers . Wishful thinking but is it possible????

  76. Greg Smithwick Says:

    I think it says more about fan optimism regarding the number one pick than it does about Lovie.

  77. Inlandish Says:

    I think the biggest mistake Lovie made was sticking with McCown for so long through all of his bad play. Ive seen nothing to make me lose confident in that Mike Glennon could be a starting qb in this league. Other team have been more patient with other quarterbacks through way worse numbers than what Glennon put up so far. When it comes to the draft i would rather see them draft Mariotta at no.1 or trade down than draft Winston. I do not trust him to clean up his act. Do not much care about him beeing more pro-style ready. Get a Quarterback that you actually believe in or give Glennon the chance he deserves behind a better O-line.

  78. BuccDeez Says:

    U can’t lose with either mariotta or Winston. With Mariotta, u will change your offense completely as well as the Tempo. With Winston, he is nfl ready with a Big arm. They are very good competitors but young Qb’s come young rookie mistakes. If we could somehow trade the 1st pick for someone like Phillip Rivers . U take em & dont look bak.