Lovie Lays Down The Law For His Defense

November 16th, 2015
My way.

My way.

Bucs defensive play caller and head coach Lovie Smith believes in his defense more than Joe believes beautiful blonde women should be afforded free parking and liquor at all area beaches and bars.

Speaking at One Buc Palace this afternoon, basking in the warm glow of victory and allowing just six points, Lovie was clear that he will keep teaching his defense — his way.

Joe typed the firm Lovie quote on Twitter below:

Take that benched Bucs defenders. You know who you are. You, too, Tim Jennings and Michael Johnson. It’s the Lovie way or a bench seat on Dale Mabry Highway.

Lovie is proud to tell anyone that his coaching staff is a group of stern (Lovie’s word) teachers, driven to pound home the principles of old school Tampa-2 and other looks in Lovie’s bag of tricks.

Joe’s not ready to call the Bucs defense good, but it was good yesterday. Damn good. Look for Lovie to keep drilling home the basics all week long.

28 Responses to “Lovie Lays Down The Law For His Defense”

  1. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    I do think we should do everything possible to save Banks….we have seen him play very well…hopefully, the benching will send the right message.

    I saw some improvement with penalties yesterday….I suspect that Lovie has gone ballistic at players and it is starting to work.

  2. Newbucsfan2 Says:

    We just want results! Sunday was good start! Keep it rolling!!

  3. D-Rome Says:

    Lovie is correct. Anyone who says a two-deep safety zone scheme is outdated is a fool.

  4. LargoSamIM Says:


  5. mike10 Says:

    Anyone watch SNF last nite? The way that Seattle DL changes the game blows my mind. To those who forget, that was Bucs ball.

    If we could generate a fart of pressure on the QB, everything would be different.

  6. R.O. Says:

    Yeah.. All that awesome Seahawk pressure kept the Cards under 40… woo hoo!!

  7. mike10 Says:

    valid point RO – but they were in the backfield all night and had 1, almost 2 TDs, making life very difficult for Palmer. We don’t see that pressure unless you mention McCoy around Ian Beckles.

  8. Defense Rules Says:

    Tampabaybucfan … Agree with you about Banks, but I still think he’s hurting. Never did have great speed far as I’m concerned, but he seemed even slower last game I saw him play. Far as penalties go, I doubt Lovie has really ‘gone ballistic at players’ … not his style (except for Spence’s dumb foul right near the end of the game). I think the starters have just finally said ‘Enough is enough’.

    D-Rome … Bucs played a bunch of one-safety-deep yesterday. Still don’t like this ’10 guys on the line’ look prior to the snap. Looks to me like that’s what’s allowing so many middle-of-the-field completions between the LBs and CBs. Matt Cassel completed only 19-of-30 passes (63%), but in the short-mid range he was 16-of-20 (80%).

  9. Brett Says:

    Lovie’s defense was good… or Dallas offense was bad. You decide.

    In all seriousness they looked better yesterday, but come on, man.

  10. Bobby Says:

    @ Defense Rules…. a lot of those short passes were not first downs and they resulted in punts. I don’t care if they complete a bunch of those. I believe you call those ‘checkdowns’. The Tampa 2 is designed to keep those passes short and then stopped immediately. We did a great job of that yesterday.

  11. BuccaneerBonzai Says:

    Banks is actually doing better than Ronde did at the same point in his career…and under tougher rules.

    Give the kid time.

    Ronde did not produce until his 5TH year.

  12. BuccaneerBonzai Says:

    Their QB did a great job. The Bucs defense just did a better job. It’s that simple.

  13. Waterboy Says:

    I saw Lovie blitzing more yesterday than I’ve seen all season. He must have more trust leaving the new CB’s in man coverage.

  14. LUVMYBUCS Says:

    Like I said when he was drafted …

    Banks would make a better safety then corner.
    C’mon now, must of us – that didn’t have the footspeed to handle corner- Moved to safety. Aint no shame in moving from corner to safety.
    The best defensive back to have ever played the game – Ronnie Lott did it.

    Look how the switch to safety has helped out Charles Woodson.
    He’s leading the league in Picks(*5) -pushing 40.

  15. Buc1987 Says:


  16. BUCutalkinbout Says:

    Let’s go Tampa!!!
    YO JOE!
    GO BUCS!!!

  17. Harry Says:

    ’87, I think you are giving Largo a little too much credit, lol

  18. Buclife Says:

    Buc1987 I think you did that backwards
    LargoSam<Idiot because he is not greater than!

  19. WalkdaPlank Says:

    “You, too, Tim Jennings and Michael Johnson.”

    You mean George Johnson? I know they can both be ghostly.

  20. MIke Johnson Says:

    You can tell Lovie and Defensive and Defensive staff did something. Lovie likes Tampa and wants to stay around. He benched some guys and its working. The Defense is now more active..flying around creating chaos and hitting hard. That’s Buc ball. If we ever get back close to that superbowl defense we had?
    We are going to be pure hell baby.

  21. Defense Rules Says:

    @Bobby … I agree that a lot of those short passes were not 1st downs … but a lot were. Our D held the Cowboys to only 12 first downs. You got me curious so I checked the boxscore: 2 of their 1st downs were by rushing; 9 of their 1st downs were from passes; 1 of the 1st downs was from a penalty. Matt Cassel completed 19 passes, so almost half of them were for 1st downs. And the majority of those were short-mid range.

    The great part about yesterday’s game to me is that our defense put it all together for a change. Things are looking up on that side of the ball … finally. Biggest D concern now I think is that we’re down on DLinemen … way down now that George Johnson is out. We’ve only got 7 DT/DEs left, and 2 of those (McDaniel and Shirley were in on 25% or less of the snaps yesterday. We need to get some DLinemen back quickly.

  22. BucTrooper Says:

    Novel concept…. Actually COVERING a receiver.

  23. Buccfan37 Says:

    It’s a shame we did not get a shot at Romo at QB from the Texas team.

  24. Legarrettes Blunt Says:

    We shut down a career back up, we should expect to do that. I know last year we made Derek Anderson and Austin Davis look like pro bowlers. However we are in year two of the system, shutting down back up quarterbacks should be expected.

  25. DavidbigBucsFan Says:

    Nice little tidbit for you fans who know the negatives but love to talk about about the positives. The Bucs defense havsonly given up 1 100 yard rusher all year. Now I know I know they didn’t run so much because every qb passed from here to high heaven on them but against the kitty kats theY held Scam Newton to 124 yards, the great Drew Brees who threw for 500 yds and 7 tds against the G Women to 255 yds and only 2 tds and even Eli who threw for 350 yds against the Aints to 214 yds. I know some of you only look at the negatives and blame Lovie for everything bad but even though it’s been a long time coming he made some good adjustments . The Cowgirls scored over 20 I think ( didn’t research that) end we held them to 6. They held ODB to 105 yds on 9 receptions and Cries Bryant to 45 yds on 5 receptions AND NO TDS!!!! So if you’ve had a hard time finding positives with the defense find some solace in that.

  26. Mike10 Says:

    Grudens key player tonight is Michael Johnson! I’ve heard his name called a dozen times!

  27. Mike10 Says:


  28. Couch Fan Says:

    Let’s just see how they do next week. We beat a team that has lost 6 straight and playing with a backup QB. And we only beat them by 4. I’m not all that impressed. D-Line still doesnt get much pressure. Stupid penalties. Winning 2 in a row would start to impress me. This is another winnable game. Hopefully offense and defense and start clicking together now and have a monster game. That would be impressive.