Chucky Gives Mike Smith “Guru” Label

February 1st, 2016

When Chucky finished with autograph hounds at Saturday’s Pro Bowl practice, he talked to Joe.

Add Chucky to the list of NFL brains — and general managers — who believe new Bucs defensive coordinator Mike Smith is an architect and a craftsman, unlike Stubbornicus Maximus, who last ran the Tampa Bay defense.

Chucky was happy to weigh in with Joe after Saturday’s Pro Bowl practice in Hawaii.

That often ignored dominant history of Smith as a Jaguars defensive coordinator (2003-2007) is one Chucky coached against and doesn’t forget.

“You know Mike Smith, he got it done big time in Jacksonville as a defensive guru,” Chucky said. “I think he’ll take a look at what pieces they have. He’ll certainly build his defense around the strengths. I think Jason Licht will continue to add the players they need to pick it up on defense.

“They gotta play better defensively. There’s no question.”

Yes, Chucky seems to luvv everyone associated with football, but not everyone gets the “guru’ label. And Chucky’s comments are especially interesting considering the way he slapped Lovie Smith on national television yesterday.

25 Responses to “Chucky Gives Mike Smith “Guru” Label”

  1. Howard Cosell Says:


  2. The Buc Realist Says:

    I still cannot believe how much the coaching staff has improved this offseason!!!
    Very excited to see full potential of the roster!!! Bucs need more talent yes, But the talent is there will finally be put to use!!!!

    Go Bucs!!!!!

  3. DB55 Says:

    A good craftsman NEVER blames his tools.

  4. biff barker Says:

    Koetter needs to insure we have an understudy for Mike Smith on his staff this season. As soon as he turns the D, and he will with a few pieces, he’ll be on the interview circuit.

  5. biff barker Says:

    DB55 Says: A good craftsman NEVER blames his tools.

    A clear sign that our guy was more of a tool than a craftsman.

  6. Bucsfanman Says:

    Lets hope. I’m excited to see what kind of team we field.
    Is it 2016 football season yet?!!!!

  7. StPeteBucsFan Says:

    @Biff Barker

    Koetter needs to insure we have an understudy for Mike Smith on his staff

    I couldn’t agree more Biff! I think both Licht and Koetter also agree with you. In fact any good manager of any good organization would agree with you.

    I suspect that Jay Hayes was lured here on the premise you just laid out. He’s been a terrific DL coach with the Bengals but he seems stuck and so he moved here.

    Don’t know about Duffner…he has enough experience as well but my money is on Hayes at the moment.

  8. Mike Johnson Says:

    Koetter should care leass about some understudy for anybody. He and his staff have done nothing yet but smell sweet perfume and collect..advanced praises for his so called Guru staff. Win for us then we can say you are good. Until then? Its just an assembly of men…wishing and ah hoping!

  9. Buc1987 Says:

    SPBF and biff….yup it would very wise. If Mike Smith pans out it’s deffo his ticket back into HCing. Great posts!

  10. Tnew Says:

    Let’s play good enough that we have to worry about a new d coordinator next year. I’ll take that issue. I’m more worried about having to find a replacement in two years if we go 7-9 twice

  11. DB55 Says:

    Guys there’s a huge difference between getting beat by 3-7 points like Schiano and getting beat by 40 points at the end of the 3rd qrt like Lovely did against Atlanta AND Tennessee.

    #TeamCialis that’s what Lovie built. Hopefully koetter can straighten these guys out. Harden the team up and I’m sure he’ll last for a very long time.

  12. biff barker Says:

    SPBF, My comment on having a capable successor was learned first hand. One huge component in earning a promotion is the having your replacement/s, at the ready, sitting close to your own office.

  13. satchseven Says:

    boy I hope this works out but I think some you cats are happier losing with a good ol boy than a bro. because if the defense does not get 2-4 legit players on D you going to get hammered again

  14. Trubucfan22 Says:

    more important than helping out his OC, mike is using the Bucs DC job to spring board himself into a HC job. It means he will be determined to coach hese guys up and prove he is worthy of being a HC. The only way he can do that is to make a top ten scoring defense. It will be a huge leap from where they are now. But im excited to see him try. He has more to prove than Koetter does, imo.

  15. Pick6 Says:

    chucky broke the national analyst mold by pretty emphatically saying 6 wins was not good enough given the talent on the team. on the one hand, i agree and it was nice to hear someone say it. on the other hand, it was ironic coming from the self proclaimed president of the “Fired Football Coaches of America”

  16. StPeteBucsFan Says:


    Yeah I had the same experience. Once a manager of mine called me in shortly after my promotion and asked me who was my replacement?

    What? Was I getting a pink slip. He told me one of the most important thing any leader in any organization can do is locate his replacement…things happen and so for the good of the organization you should always have somebody in mind.

  17. GhostofSchiano Says:

    The pieces are coming into place, another strong draft, a good free agent signing or two and this could be the most formidable Bucs team in over a decade.

  18. Buc1987 Says:

    satchseven Says:
    February 1st, 2016 at 2:56 pm

    “boy I hope this works out but I think some you cats are happier losing with a good ol boy than a bro.”

    I think you’re a jackass that has no idea wtf you’re talking about.

    Keep dropping them unwarranted race cards. Fans here bashed Schiano THREE times as hard as they do Lovie. Why does it always have to be about color?

  19. Buc1987 Says:

    Then some of you whined about my disclaimers.

    Do you now see WHY I needed to put that out there whenever talking about Lovie?

    I keep waiting for them to run out of cards…

  20. The Buc Realist Says:

    Man, look at all the new commenters, oh wait its just all the lovie supporters that just changed there names!!!!

  21. StPeteBucsFan Says:


    That’s just it they’re never going to run out of cards! Let’s go to one of your faves…

    Cause the players gonna play, play, play, play, play
    And the haters gonna hate, hate, hate, hate, hate
    Baby, I’m just gonna shake, shake, shake, shake, shake
    I shake it off, I shake it off

  22. DavidbigBucsFan Says:

    Ha ha ha 1887 awww did he pucker up your lil sphincter??? Actually the only one who truly whines up here is you. Well Realist does too. What disclaimers? You have no authority in this world to proclaim any disclaimers. Please, you’re a legend in your own mind. Maybe more will be up here to upset the status quo. Race card??? That’s a funny one. Go head lil buddy make up your lil phrases to make yourself look good to your lil circle. The creators of the race card get upset when they get hit with it.

  23. Buc1987 Says:

    David…I put out a disclaimer every time I mentioned Lovie in a bad light.

    Disclaimer : This post has nothing to do with the color of Lovie’s skin.

    I guess I’m bringing back that disclaimer. So look out for it.

  24. Buc1987 Says:

    For once I want one of you MORONS to find an example of someone being racist. I mean an actual legitimate example. Not someone typing the word incompetent or loser Lovie, but something that you can point.

    You find any. So perhaps it’s time STHU about it already.

    David …you mean about as much to me as the gum on the bottom of my shoe.

  25. THETRUTH Says:

    Look at lovie statistics 2 yrd and compare to schiano.

    Wins and loss
    Average margin of loss (who’s is defensive guru)
    Lovie had more talent

    Lovie was just not good , defends was getting worse and it was already worse in league.

    Being top 10 in run stop means nothing , no one runs it when you throw for 300+ yards and complete 70% of passes. Smart coaches we play against throw !!!