Three Straight Years Of Lovie Collapses

December 27th, 2015


Joe has written many times that coincidences are as rare as Joe getting invited to pool parties by hot women.

(Yeah, it happens once every decade.)

But in the world of football, coincidences are even more rare. Things happen for a reason, and winners and losers are rarely defined by luck — good or bad.

In 2012, Lovie Smith’s Bears were 7-1. They collapsed and finished 10-6 and missed the playoffs, leading to Lovie getting fired.

In 2014, Lovie Smith’s Buccaneers lost their final six games, five of which they were trying to win.

In 2015, Lovie Smith’s Buccaneers lost three in a row to losing teams following a 6-6 start.

To use a baseball analogy, one could argue Lovie has lost his fastball when it comes to motivating and preparing a football team when the games matter most. After all, it was Lovie who proclaimed that real football starts in November, and that his teams are prepped to play their “best ball” in the second halves of seasons.

Joe can only imagine what Team Glazer will be thinking if the Bucs lose next Sunday in Carolina.

22 Responses to “Three Straight Years Of Lovie Collapses”

  1. NJBucsFan Says:

    Football season doesn’t start until October…and then quickly ends in November. It is a simple as that.

  2. Sapp, STFU Says:

    Lovie will get one more year. Let’s assume we do well in the draft adn free agency but once again falter as next season comes to an end, do we have a good team for Koetter to take over?

  3. Lovie Is Dog Poo Says:

    Sucks to root for a loss, but if losing 56-10 to Carolina gets Lovie fired, then short term pain for long term gain. But does it matter whether we fire him or not? Lovie is a loser but look at the Glazer losers hires, both us and Manchester United, shall we

    2009- Fired Gruden after losing 4 straight games; Hired Raheem and Dominik (both fired)
    2012 – Hired Schiano (fired)
    2013 – Hired David Moyes (fired)
    2014 – Hired Lovie (horrible); Hired Louis Van Gaal (about to be fired)

    Even when Lovie does get fired, those losers are picking the replacement. I say let Licht make the decision. He has NE and ARZ blood and not loser Glazer blood.

  4. This Guy Right Here Says:

    As they mentioned on FOX, Lovie plans his halftime speech before the game even starts….

    This point alone lets us know that this man has no idea how to adjust and adapt during the flow of a game, or a season…. let alone motivate an active, gameday squad….

    Cut bait Glazers… We get it, you wanted to bring in someone connected with the glory days… But its time to move forward.

    Fcuk You Lovie.

  5. BrianBucs Says:

    I wonder how long it took the Glazers to realize that they had yet made another huge head coaching mistake?

  6. BuccaneerBonzai Says:


    KEEP LOVIE!!!!

  7. Destinjohnny Says:

    His teams are out of shape

  8. 1nebuc Says:

    I don’t know if anyone notice but #99 #55 #20 #47 #97 #40 aren’t coming back and someone needs to inform the bosses. All this holding on to the past needs to end after next week . Lovie needs to leave amd promote Dirk and go get a bad ass defensive coordinator and the it will be a “NEW DAY N TAAAAAAAAAMMMMPAAAAAAAA BAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY!!!!!!!”

  9. Tampa Tony Says:

    6-6 everyone was trying to talk playoffs now the Bucs are 6-9 and can’t play consistently or beat bad teams.

    And some still defend this loser coach…

  10. 1nebuc Says:

    When the jags fire Gus Bradley we need to grad him

  11. Aubpierce Says:

    Donald Trump would make a better head coach then Lovie because he has passion. Pay Bill Cowher any amount he wants and you will have a football team that plays with passion and a winning record. Keep Lovie and you will have Obama like performance with the Bucs again. At this point I would almost trade Winston for the opportunity to hire Mike Tomlin. Tomlin is a winner and I am tired of losing year after year. Fire Lovie and his Tampa two now.

  12. The Buc Realist Says:

    I can’t believe that Joe really wants to watch a whole other year of this!!!!

  13. This Guy Right Here Says:

    “Keep Lovie and you will have Obama like performance with the Bucs again.”

    Hate to bring politics into this, but Lovie in 2016, with a guaranteed contract, is similar to a lame duck president…

    Nothing to lose either way, everything to gain… It could get ugly…. Especially if we see his son Mikal Smith promoted from DB coach to DC…

    Does God Hate Bucs Fans??? Youre Daaaaamn Right He Does! Lovie in 2016!

  14. cover deuce Says:

    He’s no good, I can’t believe he gets to survive another year. News to Tampa fans: he’s costing this team wins. Its about the only thing he does consistently. Fire him, promote Koetter – this is the best case scenario.

  15. Tampa Tony Says:

    I wouldn’t promote Koetter either offense looks bad without Jackson and is too predictable on first down.

  16. Bryce Says:

    Give him one more year it should be a heavy defensive draft with maybe one WR and oline help

  17. The original "Kevin" Says:

    Glaziers…as a fan I am asking you to please ask your players who they would rather play for…lovie or koetter. I think yhe answer overall will be koetter. If so please fire lovie. If they prefer to keep lovie than I will accept your decision.

  18. This Guy Right Here Says:

    “Give him one more year it should be a heavy defensive draft with maybe one WR and oline help”


    The Answer??? Our ‘Overlord Of Personnel’ Has No Sack. He Has No Pull in the F.O.

    Soooo, His players disregard basic fundamentals in stopping really shtitty offenses… his players run up record breaking penalties under his watch… his F.O. scout team leaves him out to dry the past TWO NFL DRAFTS, going ALL OFFENSE!


  19. godzilla13 Says:

    When more players get worse than get better
    When the same pre-snap penalties happen over and over again
    When the players who are let go play better with their new team
    When the team is flat for their biggest games
    When a team is undisciplined
    When a team has no passion for the game
    When your players are out of shape
    When you start players who have less talent then the ones on the bench
    When you don’t adjust your game plan during a game
    When you are 8-24 n two years

    You get terminated..

  20. satchseven Says:

    “Keep Lovie and you will have Obama like performance with the Bucs again.”

    signs of a racist bringing in Obama into a non political blog,that being said I suspect the racists hate to see a black man calling shots. the bucs get some defensive help, they can win more games next year. JW will work on his game mike evans and asj need to stay in tampa this offseason and work on theirs

  21. Idontwannahearitanymore Says:

    “Football season doesn’t start until October…and then quickly ends in November. It is a simple as that.” LOL!

  22. theproblemwithLovie Says:

    Too many mental breakdowns, especially down the home stretch. Sure, we lack talent in the secondary, but here is some really bad defensive play-calling out there. We are just giving up way too many completions, and it is a combination of coaching and talent.