Lovie The “Luxury”

November 23rd, 2015


Lovie Smith is known behind the scenes as an organized guy, a guy with goals and plans and a system.

Oh, don’t you dare question that system. Lovie will tell you it’s a proven winner and shut you down if he sniffs a whiff of doubt.

That’s Lovie. Proud of his team, proud of his record, proud of his family, proud of his glass-half-full approach to life.

All that was tested to the extreme during and after 2-14 last season, when Lovie made more mistakes than a drunken Vegas gambler. And then came opening day 2015 against Marcus Mariota and the Titans, and Lovie got blowtorched. The smoke under his hot seat lingered for weeks.

But Lovie did not waver, and he stuck to his goals and plan. The defense has been repaired, (not perfected, repaired), the 21-year-old franchise quarterback has been groomed and handled masterfully, and the team is peaking when Lovie demands it — in November.

Lovie’s resolve is paying off. Joe feels comfortable saying there are no non-believer residents of the Bucs’ locker room, (though Demar Dotson looks a little sad on the sidelines).

Joe asked Gerald McCoy yesterday what he can say about his head coach after bouncing back from 2-14 and an embarrassing opening day, and all the hate that comes with it.

McCoy said Lovie is a treasure.

“We have the luxury of having a head coach who’s won at every level he’s been at, whether he’s a position coach, a coordinator or a head coach. So he’s seen the worst of the worst and the best of the best. So it’s great to have a guy like that,” McCoy said. “Like I said, every day, guys are real happy he never changed. He’s the same day in and day out.”

31 Responses to “Lovie The “Luxury””

  1. StPeteBucsFan Says:

    “We have the luxury of having a head coach who’s won at every level he’s been at, whether he’s a position coach, a coordinator or a head coach.”

    Whoa! Now even GMC is trolling “The Realist” “Tmax” “Dallas Buc” and the hate Lovie crowd.

  2. ShutTheBucUp Says:

    Keep winning games and I’ll believe that he’s a “great” coach. But he only won two games last year.

  3. Lue0615 Says:

    And 5 this year work 6 more games left.

  4. Buclife Says:

    He won two games with crap QB and less talent. He is rebuilding this team the right way through the draft. Next up in the draft is the defense.

  5. tdtb215 Says:

    In Winston, Martin, Koetter, Lovie & Licht I TRUST!!!

    @SPBF Whoa! In deed!!!

  6. ToesOnTheLine! Says:

    Well in truth the team is still only 5-5 on its first Lovie era 2 game win streak, so while encouraging it’s far from time to pop open the champaign and proclaim Lovie the franchise HC we’ve been waiting for over the past several years.

  7. tdtb2015 Says:

    In Winston, Martin, Koetter, Lovie & Licht I TRUST!!!

    @SPBF Whoa! In deed!!!!!!

  8. Love and Warrick Dunn Says:

    If you are going to bash someone after a bad showing, at least show up when the team does well as say as much.

    I have been firmly meh on Lovie. My fear was we would be a perpetual .500 team. If the team can play like yesterday consistently, I will feel much better.

    Great game, great coaching. Great line play. Of course, the penalties still need improvement.

  9. OneLove Says:

    Lovie Smith and Jason Licht are setting this team up to be RELEVANT for YEARS TO COME! Props to the players for stepping up and executing!

    All day the broadcast commentators talked about how PHI has managed to win with their defense ALL YEAR and they were ranked #9 in points allowed! Well, we just posted 500+ yards of total offense and put up a 45(which is the most points scored by the Bucs since 2001!!!)! Defensively, we slowed down Chip Kelly’s attack and took the ball away 3 times! FUN FACT: The Bucs have 17 straight games with AT LEAST ONE TAKEAWAY!(Longest active streak in the NFL). I haven’t been this excited as a BUCS FAN IN YEARS!!(Full Disclosure: I got ROCK HARD while writing this POST!!)

  10. D-Rome Says:

    Lovie’s seat was never hot to begin with. I’m not sure why you guys keep saying this.

    Keep winning games and I’ll believe that he’s a “great” coach. But he only won two games last year.

    You and others keep holding this over his head yet losing the offensive coordinator prior to the season to a health issue was a huge blow. It would be a huge blow for any team unless the head coach *is* the offensive coordinator and very few teams in the NFL function this way.

    You guys keep parroting this crap yet if it wasn’t for a poor record last year Josh McCown or Mike Glennon would be our starting QB. If the Bucs missed out on Jameis Winston or Marcus Mariota you and others would be saying Lovie should have tanked for Winston or Mariota and you would have been right for saying so.

  11. LargoBuc Says:

    Realist, tell us more about your sources claiming Lovie is losing the lockeroom.
    Lovie could have retired after 2-14 last year, and still be a more seasoned, accomplished coach than a majority of his fellow head coaches. So who is a fan on a blog to call the man a “loser”. And no you dont just accidentally get a team to the Super Bowl.

  12. OneLove Says:


    So true! Thanks for KEEPING IT REAL!

  13. OneLove Says:

    LargoBuc Says:
    November 23rd, 2015 at 11:39 am
    Realist, tell us more about your sources claiming Lovie is losing the lockeroom.

    LMAO!! thanks for that!

  14. MIke Johnson Says:

    Everybody loves a winner. Just a couple weeks ago, Many Buc fans were…calling for his head. The man is a good coach. He does need to keep his OC for at least another 2 seasons though. With many HCs’ being fired next yr , this might be hard to do. I just hope we draft mostly defense next yr.we still
    need the help.

  15. Bobby Says:

    This team is ahead of schedule for me. I predicted 6-10 at the beginning of the year and I said that most of the wins would come in the second half of the season, after the O-Line had time to gel and Jameis matured a bit. Well, turns out this team is already at 5-5 with 6 games left to play and I believe we could easily end up 9-7 or 10-6. This is exciting for a number of reasons. #1 it shows that we have our franchise QB who is learning at a remarkable pace. #2 We have a lot to be excited about for the future of this franchise. Most of the pieces are in place and I believe we are set up for another super bowl run. Tremendous draft by Licht and Lovie. They’ve made all the right moves and with just a few more pieces we will be dangerous on both sides of the ball.
    On another note, Joe…is it really necessary to have so much crap on your website that it locks up even my smart phone?? Geezzz……

  16. 813bucboi Says:

    @largobuc…lol…yeah just last week I believe the realist was saying he was hearing “rumbles in the locker room and it wasn’t good”…I also believe he said the bucs would only win 4 or 5 games this year…he was also the one begging the joes for a lovie poll…wow..what a difference a couple of wins make…GO BUCS!!!

  17. Bucs Fan Since '76 Says:

    What if the Realist is actually Duemig?

  18. D-Rome Says:

    What if the Realist is actually Duemig?

    I do believe that Mr. Duemig writes under a nom de plume on here. I just haven’t figured out which one it is.

  19. lurker Says:

    still need time…

    too early to say he is a great coach…lol

    i say koetter and licht have helped turn this team around as well/much as lovie.

  20. LargoBuc Says:

    Drome, I have a couple hunches but nothing definitive. Highly doubt its realist tho. Im thinking its a poster with similar views yet contrasting demeanor compared to his on air persona.

  21. Miguel Grande Says:

    I admit I am El Perro Grande

  22. Couch Fan Says:

    Win two games in a row and the sheep think you are a god. Shows just how pathetic we have been under Lovie. LoL. But hey, enjoy the win. Another winnable game coming up, let’s see if he can get a 3rd in a row to add to his illustrious Bucs Coaching career.

  23. Love and Warrick Dunn Says:


    Is there anything wrong with saying the team performed well and had good coaching in this game?

    Did you even enjoy the win?

  24. StPeteBucsFan Says:

    Couch fan

    Was that post serious or are you just trolling us?

  25. Couch Fan Says:

    Read the other comments and you’ll see that the post was in fact very accurate. Lots of ppl acting like 2 wins in a row makes Lovie some legit coach. Hate to bash the positivity but 2 wins isnt very impressive. Especially when it took 26 games to do it.

    Am I happy we won Love? Of course. But let’s not go over board here. Lovie has still done a horrible job for the most part. 1 good game doesnt change that. Enter OneLove to say something stupid about somebodies “wang”.

  26. Pickgrin Says:

    Couch – at least you have the cojones to continue posting. A large # of others – including the seeming leaders of the “Lovie is a Baffoon of a HC” crowd are nowhere to be seen or heard from after a dominant win. How typical.

    The outspokenness and boldness of the Lovie hate here on JBF just a few weeks ago was really hard to stomach. It was starting to remind me of the Winston hate that dominated the comments on JBF prior to the draft. Just flat out sickening.

    I knew JW was going to be a star QB in the NFL in Sept 2013. I don’t have the kind of time on my hands that ’87 does – but I was very active prior to the draft in correcting the Jameis haters with facts time and time again – as well as trying to educate the more reasonable doubters as to what kind of talent and personality we were looking at in JW.

    I have likewise voted “confident” in every Lovie Confidence poll that Joe has run and have debated (again using facts) quite a few times with the likes of Tmax and Realist about the inevitability of Lovie getting this team turned around and winning regularly.

    My hope is that just like how 95% of the JW haters left after Winston was drafted – that 95% of those who continually bash Lovie will leave and never post here again as well.

    It is now quite obvious that Lovie and Licht’s plan is working. The talent level is improving substantially – the players are starting to play up to and beyond their talent level – team chemistry is fantastic – and the wins are starting to come. AND we finally have a REAL MFing franchise QB!!! – being taught, nurtured and directed by one of the top 5 offensive minds in the whole NFL.

    Lovie did ALL of this. Those who are still against him and want another coach should just go find another team to spew their negativity onto. Lovie is not going anywhere but to work at OBP for many years to come.

    JBF Neggie Nellie posters who wish to continue bad mouthing the Head Coach of our Tampa Bay Buccaneers do so at their own peril. Archives don’t lie – and there are a few posters of late who have been digging up plenty of examples of who has credibility based on past posts and who doesn’t.
    Ragging on Lovie – will make those who continue to do it look pretty ignorant in time….

  27. LargoBuc Says:

    Couch, Lovie was legit before he even took this job.

  28. lurker Says:

    hey payasito!

    how bout dem iggles?!?

    so how much longer is your boy chip gonna last?

  29. BucrazeDave Says:

    It’s quite obvious, altho Lovie would deny it,
    Lovie seized the opportunity of getting Winston in the draft when his offensive coordinator went down last year. Hats off to Lovie,
    Screw all you haters. Lovie had the courage to take the hit so we could have
    Fun for years to come. Good riddance Lovie haters.

  30. Brandon Says:

    ShutTheBucUp Says:
    November 23rd, 2015 at 10:56 am
    Keep winning games and I’ll believe that he’s a “great” coach. But he only won two games last year.


    And Belichick won 5 in his first season in New England with a proven offensive coordinator and Drew Bledsoe as his QB. What’s your point?

    It’s all of those “FIRE LOVIE!” people that don’t get it at all. You can’t win if you’re making constant changes at the top. Successful coaches are hard to find and successful teams are even harder to build. Yeah. he went 2-14 last season. 2-14 with a poor roster, terrible OC, and below average QBs. But despite that, they were IN almost every game and played hard and didn’t quit the entire year.

  31. godzilla13 Says:

    In all honesty the best part of the latest victory is not having to read all the Lovie bashing on this site. The one word that constantly drove me insane was when a number of people would call Lovie “incompetent.” Really?