“I’m Going To Travel A Lot”

January 21st, 2015

LovieJagsBrand new head coaches often are busy establishing their programs and doing extensive scouting of their new team’s existing roster.

They’re way to busy to scout college talent. It’s a different story for Lovie Smith.

Lovie was at Senior Bowl practices today and chatted with Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times. Nothing too exciting from Lovie, but he did confirm that he’ll be a man on the move this offseason.

“I’m going to travel a lot,” Lovie said.

As Lovie racks up all that mileage by land, air and sea (a cruise to Kalaepohaku, perhaps?), Joe sure hopes Lovie watches film of the Panthers and figures out how to cover Greg Olsen and stop the fourth best quarterback in the NFC South, Derek Anderson.

Joe doesn’t know much about the Lovie the scout. He’s surely drafted some gems through his career, but he also had a hand in personnel when his Bears gave the Bucs a second-round pick to the Bucs for Gaines Adams. That was one of the most unthinkable deals in recent NFL history. And Lovie’s inability to build an offensive line is well documented.

Joe hopes the coach can find the guys that can push the Bucs into relevancy. After all, the 2-14 Bucs are “on the verge.”

20 Responses to ““I’m Going To Travel A Lot””

  1. Ray Rice Says:

    I’m not so sure this Lovie guy knows where to go. What the FUK is he gong to travel for with no direction?

  2. Buccfan37 Says:

    I was thinking the Bucs hierarchy had to hogtie Lovie to get him to the national championship game.

  3. Robert 9 Says:

    why not, he’s earned some time off

  4. JoeJoes Fungi Nails Says:

    I sure he is just avoiding the Glazers in the hallways of One Buc

  5. mike n Says:

    this time last year all I heard about was how much football Lovie watched in his year off… so yeah, I’m excited to hear this news

  6. DieHardBob Says:

    Hey Joe, If I’m not mistaken I believe that these guys will be the ones laying the ground work before the draft, not Lovie.

    Scott Cohen Director of Pro Scouting
    Mike Biehl Director of College Scouting
    Andy Speyer National Scout
    Rob McCartney National Scout
    Andre Forde College Scout
    Tony Hardie College Scout
    Brian Hudspeth College Scout
    Byron Kiefer College Scout
    Tony Kinkela College Scout
    Pat Perles Player Personnel Scout
    Steve West Pro Scout
    Donovan Cotton Scouting Assistant
    Zack Grossi Scouting Assistant

  7. Robert 9 Says:

    I just looked up those scouts.


    now we know why we have no depth!

  8. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    The only pick that we absolutely know the player we want will be on the board is our first pick……and even that didn’t help us when we drafted Bo Jackson…

    I thnk a considerable amount of attention ought to be paid on our 34th pick…..we should focus heavily on all players ranked from 15-32 because there will be a few of them available…
    With us picking at the top of each round…the 3rd round pick may also be something we ca

  9. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    With us picking at the top of each round…the 3rd round pick may also be something we can really predict availability…..

  10. DB55 Says:

    Lovie I’d like to recommend a certain triangle in Bermuda. Pack lightly.

  11. ddneast Says:

    Actually Joe, ibelieve Derek Anderson is the third best QB in the NFL south. If the panthers didn’t have a No. 1 pick invested in a Newton. I believe Anderson would be starting.

  12. Brandon Says:

    Robert 9 Says:
    January 21st, 2015 at 5:33 pm
    I just looked up those scouts.


    now we know why we have no depth!

    You have no depth.

  13. Pickgrin Says:

    Fan Police – FREEZE! On the Ground! spread um!

    MM Hmmm. Just as I suspected.

    Ray Rice – what have you been doing with these brass knuckles? Cuff em.

    Robert – we’ve had so many reports of you disturbing the fan’s peace with your constant negativity that I’m gonna enjoy putting you away for awhile…

    Tbbf – what are you doing hanging with these loser “fans”. Go home and stay away from trouble makers.

    DB55 – You are under arrest for impersonating the real MR Derrick Brooks who I know personally – and the REAL DB55 is a sweatheart of a man and usually looks at the positive side of things and isnt snarky – so your impersonation sucks – AND we’ve had a # of calls on you impersonating a Bucs fan as well. Cuff this one too boys…

    Where’s those other trouble makers you no goods hang with? Where’s Dallas?

    Aww never mind. We did OK here.

    ddneast – Brandon – we’re gonna need you guys to come along as bad character witnesses.

    Hang on – gotta get this call…

    Hello – oh – Yes Kevin. We’ve found quite a few of them on the ‘Lovie’s gonna travel thread’. OK – yes – and thanks for the tip. Keep up the good work. We need snitches like you that hate everyone but hate the haters better than they hate themselves.

    AAAAAnd Scene…..

  14. Robert 9 Says:

    Bet you hear that a lot from the ladies brandon

  15. DB55 Says:

    Pickgrin wins the thread. You know what? You’re right I should go with WS99 from now on. He’s a holea$$ and no one like him. Seems about right. Lol lmao

  16. StPeteBucsFan Says:


    Agree that the Bucs are certainly going to pay attention to that #1 but we shouldn’t forget those other rounds.

    Saw this tidbit on Walterfootball last night.

    They analyzed the success/bust ratio of draft picks from 97-2007.

    First round picks succeeded 54% and busted 46%.
    Second round picks succeeded 50% and busted 50%.

    Not really that much difference. Statistically we have virtually same chance of finding an actual player in the second as we do in the first. Now they didn’t break down the first and so I suspect that the top ten hopefully fared better.

    The Bucs certainly didn’t tilt the %’s to the positive.

    2007 was Gaines Adams a truly tragic mistake
    1997 Reidel Anthony…BUST!!!
    2001 Kenyatta Walker…not really a bust..started the SB
    2004 Michael one year wonder Clayton. BUST
    2005 Cadillac Williams…great start then Bust

  17. Mr. Patrick Says:

    So guys, when Lovie was in Chicago how many rookie QB’s did he draft and play? Lovie likes veteren QB’s and has no trust in young ones. Just remember that when you are crying on draft day. Lovie is Lovie

  18. DallasBuc Says:

    Good stuff Pickgrin. I was causing trouble on a different thread. You know I love to call out those fan police. Good to see one step up!

  19. Mr. Patrick Says:

    The only trip Lovie will make is to USC to say “Hello Mr. Williams. How would you like to play for the Buccaneers?”

  20. Harry Says:

    Beautiful and entertainingly said. Good thing you did not find Dallas with that bunch. The negative energy would have required Ghost Busters.