“I’m Not The Fun Coach, Or Anything Like That”

November 23rd, 2015

Lovie explains his post-win ways

Lovie Smith isn’t jumping in pools, drinking wine in South Tampa with Joe Maddon, or running around the Tampa Bay area hollering in ecstasy, like former Bucs quarterback Shaun King says he’s been doing since yesterday.

No, 5-5 isn’t enough to get Lovie too hot in the pants.

The coach was asked today at One Buc Palace about his celebration rituals, and he pretty much said he just goes home and goes to bed.

“I’m not the fun coach, or anything like that,” Lovie said.

Joe’s not sure Lovie is being straight here, but that’s not what’s important. What is key is that Lovie tells his team to celebrate for 24 hours and move on. When the Bucs return to work on Wednesday morning, it’ll be Lovie doing the same old things, the same old way, preaching and teaching his system until the players get it or he gets fired.

It’s what Gerald McCoy was talking about to Joe yesterday in the locker room.

Regardless of what you think of Lovie, he has made many changes this season, and they’re working now. But he also brings the consistency of approach needed to become a contender.

So Lovie may not be fun. But winning is fun. And Lovie has experience building a winner. He still must produce, though. Wins are the measuring stick. A weak, one-win finish to this season is unacceptable at this point.

24 Responses to ““I’m Not The Fun Coach, Or Anything Like That””

  1. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Stay the course……”Shining City On A Hill”…..”A Thousnd Points Of Light”…..”Strategery”, “Hope & Change”……
    Stay the course with our leader……..for now!!!

  2. WalkdaPlank Says:

    Well looks like I won’t be having lunch with Joe this offseason! I predicted the Bucs to go 4-12, 2-4 division. Thanks Lovie!

    Seriously, couldn’t be happier to be wrong.

  3. Couch Fan Says:

    And it shouldnt be. its laughable that just a tiny bit of success got everybody so excited as if we just won our division. Lol. Sheesh. Good job but like Jameis himself said, its to be expected. Now lets get 3 in a row, and then follow that up by 4 in a row and taking over 2nd place in the division. That would be something to get excited about. Can Lovie pull it off?

  4. 813bucboi Says:

    just keep the troops focused lovie and jameis will lead this team to the promise land…lets go 6-0 on these b!tche$…GO BUCS!!!!

  5. 813bucboi Says:

    @coachfan…its to be expected? that’s just jameis being jameis…after years of embarrassment, poor play and poor coaching we finally won a couple home games, have a franchise qb and are at .500 this late in the season…if your a true bucs fan, you will find it hard not to be excited…GO BUCS!!!

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  7. Defense Rules Says:

    @Joe … “A weak, one-win finish to this season is unacceptable at this point.”

    Are you saying Joe that your predicted 6-10 season record won’t be good enough? Amazing how stringing together a couple of back-to-back wins changes the attitudes … and expectations … of fans and writers. Strange thing is that I too thought that a 6-10 record would be a significant improvement over last season’s 2-14 record. Now? Playoffs may not be a sure thing, but they certainly look possible.

  8. @FamousBroy3434 Says:

    Couch fan you suck. Quite simply. Idc if we beat the 76 Bucs we won two games in a row, dominated, are getting better every week. We have a franchise QB and you have NOT STOPPED BITCHING SINCE FOUR OCLOCK YESTERDAY

  9. StPeteBucsFan Says:

    That pic of Lovie makes him look like the singer Seal…remember him?


  10. Idontwannahearitanymore Says:

    America’s No Fun Coach!

  11. Lord Cornelius Says:

    Had us at 9-7 but didn’t see the first 10 games playing out like this at all lol.

  12. Dave Says:

    I think I predicted 7 wins and said they would be capable of 9. I was wrong. They were and are capable of double digits.
    I see them getting 8-9. Depends on how much they lose at ILB with Kwon gone 4 games.

  13. NewTampaChris Says:

    Did you see how Chip Kelly’s weekly radio show went today? I’d like to have seen T.J. Rives do this earlier in the year:

    Kelly found himself in the middle of a verbal spat earlier Monday on his own weekly radio appearance on 94.1 FM-WIP, when host Angelo Cataldi said that the coach should show more anger in dealing with his players after such a loss.

    “If people want a screamer and yeller, then let’s hire you,” Kelly said. “You’re pretty good at that.”

    Cataldi replied, “I don’t think I’d be worse than 4-6.”

  14. Warren Says:

    Oh damn NewTampaChris…need to go look that one up

  15. LargoBuc Says:

    Kelly seems pretty salty. Its not the medias fault he traded some key players and replaced them with inferior talent. The blowout was a thing of beauty, but back in the day with Dawkins, Kearse, Trotter, Staley, Thomas, Mayberry, Mcnabb, this team has opponents scared to come into Philly. I know you cant hold on to the past but there was some good talent carrying the torch and Chip has this team regressing every year. Im so glad we won big, but those playoff battles were classic.

  16. Couch Fan Says:

    Couch fan you suck.
    If by suck you mean, i dont get all excited over something that we should expect to happen often, then yes I suck. Continue to win then I’ll get excited. Difference between me and most of you is that your expectations for this team were low to begin with. Mine are always high. This is what the team should of been doing all along.

  17. Buccfan37 Says:

    I can’t believe I gave the Redskins a chance to upset the Panthers. Scratch that idea. It looks like there is one wildcard spot left in the NFC to fight over, if you give Minnesota or Green Bay the other spot.

  18. Lamarcus Says:

    Coach fan

    High expectations? Really? Rookie qb, first yr offense cord, 2nd year coach , 2 rooks on the line, etc. High expectations my arse. We totally are over achieved at this point.

  19. Eric Says:

    Lovie took over a disaster and is doing a fine job of building a winner. As he has before.

    Great to see.

  20. Pickgrin Says:

    On target Joe. Winning is fun.

    Lovie is not flashy. That’s more like Chip Kelly’s style. But slow and steady wins the race. The league has already caught onto Kelly’s flashy new offensive style and its now providing ever-diminishing returns. Kelly will be back coaching in College relatively soon and Lovie will be leading his team to Super Bowls in the coming years. There’s a measure of justice in there somewhere….

  21. Couch Fan Says:

    Like I said your expectations are lower than mine. Nothing wrong with that. I expect more, I believe this team is capable of more and has the talent to achieve more. Thats why Im so hard on Lovie. 3 or 4 wins in a row is doing something. Not 2.

  22. Mike Johnson Says:

    Lovie has never been fancy. Nor is he a loud mouth type. He knows he’s gotta win to stay in Tampa. And Rumor has it, he and his family Love Tampa Bay. Its possible for us to reach my prediction of 8-8 for the year. Still lotta work to be done though. Indy is not easy pickings. There backup QB could start for many teams. And they have 2 good RB’s. Just hope we can keep rollin. # in a row sounds good to me. Who Knows? If we win this one? No tellin how many more we can win. We shall see.
    GO BUCS!!

  23. godzilla13 Says:

    Lovie is a class act and a humble man. He has the respect of his team. After witnessing what he has been through the past two years and to start seeing success at this early stage is remarkable.

  24. Walter Says:

    I’m just excited because I look at the schedule and see 6 winnable games in front of us. We’re in the middle of a real playoff push people, with Jameis leading the charge.