Lovie Takes A Whack At Team Glazer

March 8th, 2016
Lovie claims fired NFL coaches can't take things personally

Lovie claims fired NFL coaches can’t take things personally

Shame on Lovie Smith.

Lovie is the new head coach of the University of Illinois, in case you missed it. Yesterday was Lovie’s introductory news conference in Illinois, and Lovie had little interest in showing accountability for his horrendous record as Bucs head coach.

What an example for the young men he says he’s eager to mold!

Lovie also failed to answer many of the direct questions thrown at him. Feel free to watch.

To nobody’s surprise, Lovie said he’s sure he can do things his way, with his system and win at Illinois. Lovie even said “it’s not a big jump from college to the NFL,” as far as how winning football happens.

Interestingly, Lovie said “you don’t take things personally” when you get fired in the NFL, referring to him firing Ron Turner as Bears offensive coordinator but likely to hire him at Illinois. However, everything Joe has been told by many, many sources is that Lovie took his firing by the Bucs extremely personally on many levels.

Lovie even cracked that Team Glazer fired a coach entering the Hall of Fame this year, implying that they didn’t have the best judgment. C’mon, Lovie, your team just tanked two years in a row.

Rightfully so, Lovie told Illinois media that he groomed a young quarterback last year and understands young players and grooming good men. Yes, Lovie earned the right to take plenty of credit for the growth of America’s Quarterback, Jameis Winston.

45 Responses to “Lovie Takes A Whack At Team Glazer”

  1. canadian bucsfan Says:

    How come he didn’t say anything bad about Jason Litch?

  2. Bucs SB with Jameis Says:

    If he hadn’t given us the “we’re on the verge” spcheel so many times as we sent our home crowd back to their homes in a Loss………………………….He would still be here. Wish you the best Lovie but the blame is mostly on you.

  3. Tom Edrington Says:

    Vary, vaaary disappointing…..

    Simple as that

  4. biff barker Says:


  5. Dusthty Rhothdes Says:

    ahahhah…Illini…will get whacked by former good NFL coach Harbaugh this year

  6. Bee Says:

    I’m so glad he’s gone

  7. T in Orlando Says:

    I don’t see how Lovie took a “whack” a Glazers. I watched the video, the entire exchange about what happened in Tampa, and Lovie’s Tony Dungy comment. I didn’t see that as a slight against the Bucs/Glazers, just a statement saying that getting fired by that team isn’t necessarily the end of a career.

    Joe’s not the only one taking this perspective, but I think it’s just a matter of media trying to stir things up, from a guy (Lovie) who doesn’t typically create controversy.

    Good luck to you Coach Smith, you are a good man.

  8. 1Gr8Buc Says:

    Guy is a complete joke. From the tweets from Jonthan Banks yesterday it sure didn’t seem like he had support from all the players.

  9. The Buc Realist Says:

    The biggest road block for the Bucs was lifted when lovie was fired!!!

    By the was, I heard Rick Stroud on the radio said that it was NFL GM Licht that brought Dirk Koetter in!!!!

    So lovie’s “kudos” is down to being able to bond with JW3 because they are the same color????

  10. Supersam Says:

    The crap he was feeding those reporters is the same crap he Fed us Bucs fans for 2 long seasons.

  11. NoLoveLovie Says:

    Hey University of Illinois, get ready for a ton of almost over the hump speeches.

  12. Rrsrq Says:

    No slight, didn’t see it that way, just saying things happen in the NFL, coaches get fired, he could’ve mentioned that Glazers fired a HOF coached and it worked out for him, he could’ve went on and on, he could’ve said the fired a Super Bowl winning coach and what Lovie didn’t do like the others (Gruden and Schiano), sat back for a couple of years and got that Glazer money (I don’t blame them), but Lovie could’ve sat back and collected that check in full and just sat in his basement counting his millions, he’s still counting, but working for it. No he wasn’t working out for the Bucs, but I can respect him for the way he is handling this, good luck with Illinois though in the Big 10

  13. BucFan20 Says:

    Well at least there they must have no Bowl expectations.

  14. Bucco Brice Says:

    …his “simple as that” has morphed to “it’s very simple”, for college I guess…Thank you Glazers for dumping this b*llsh*tter!!!

  15. Tampa Tony Says:

    Glazers must feel so ripped off.

    Loser Lovie has no clue about adapting his game plan, becoming aggressive and how to win consistently.

    When someone is given full roster control the blame all goes to you. Good riddance loser Lovie

  16. Couch Fan Says:

    LMAO. Loser Lovie must think 8-24 is acceptable. Maybe it will be at a small college school. Glazers also fired rookie coaches that did better than Small minded Lovie. “It’s as simple as that.”

  17. tmaxcon Says:

    Lovie is a classless hypocrite…. Glad that scumbag is gone!

  18. BucTrooper Says:

    “Lovie earned the right to take plenty of credit for the growth of America’s Quarterback, Jameis Winston.”

    Lovie’s involvement with Jameis ended the second he made him the starter. Period. End of story. There was no “development.”

  19. Waterboy Says:

    Year 1- No offensive coordinator, 0 defensive draft picks
    Year 2- Started a rookie QB, 1 defensive draft pick, MLB suspended final 4 games

  20. Rrsrq Says:

    Wow, the Lovie haters are out. What did he do, was he incompetent as a head coach, yes, but last I heard the Glazers went after him, offered him loads of cash and this team, he had a plan (though not a clue) and it didn’t work and if it would’ve, we won’t know. As previously stated, this guy could’ve sat in his basement and collected a check, but he believes he can make a difference in the lives of young men, it’s as simple of that, will wins come with that, we’ll find out since college is more about recruiting to a style of play and simple offenses, the real question, will the recruits from Illinois be NFL ready, hmmmm

  21. Kevin S Says:

    I’m an Illinois alum and Bucs fan. Call me crazy, I’m actually thrilled about this hire for my Illini. The last AD that Illinois had was a train wreck, and our entire program is in complete disarray. Yeah, we all know that Lovie did poorly here in Tampa, but what Illinois needs right now is stability and credibility in it’s football program. If you’re not aware, there were some pretty nasty allegations at the last coach/program. Someone needs to simply stabilize the program down there, and I think Lovie will do a fine job of that. I’ll start worrying about Illini wins after I’m confident that Illinois student athletes aren’t abused by the coaching staff.

  22. Patrick in VA Says:

    The unfortunate part about Lovie being a college coach is that by the time his players figure out his defensive scheme they’ll be graduating.

  23. The Buc Realist Says:

    Reasons why lovie will love it in college
    1.) he can play a whole new secondary roster everygame due to roster size!!!!
    2.) Reporters are used to the ” I know and you don’t” routine and bulling that lovie does!!!
    3.) both were considered “great” in the past, though no one seems to remember why!!!
    4.) In trying to close mid-level recruits, his answer to as why they should be Illinois football players. “its as simple as that”!!!!!
    5.)When thing go south at Illinois someone will say ” But he went to the superbowl with Rex Grossman”!!!!

  24. Bucsfanman Says:

    Way to stir up the Lovie hate pot Joe. I was just thinking to myself that the vitriol and name-calling was finally subsiding. Now you’ve created another conduit for people to lash out at a guy who is no longer here and completely irrelevant to Buccaneer football at this point.
    Move the BLEEP on!

  25. Nole on Sat.-Bucc on Sun. Says:

    @dallas he can’t be too incompetent he still cashing fat @$$ checks guys… Call’em what you wanna homie. Bottom line in this country is dollas and duke gettin’em. D@$! I wish I was his kinda incompetent.

  26. Bucsfanman Says:

    No doubt Nole!
    You have to give it to him though. At least he didn’t just sit home and collect checks. Dude’s working!
    Best of luck Lovie!

  27. Joe Says:


    Joe finds it more than interesting that Lovie’s camp was pushing the “backstabber” narrative with folks outside of Tampa Bay, yet he openly worked behind the scenes to grab a job that was not open, just days before spring practice began.

    Backstabbing, indeed.

  28. hamilton Says:

    joe just trying to start something,an everybody fall for it,just like bank is a good cb.

  29. The Buc Realist Says:

    Great Point Joe!!! I forgot how he lovie backstabbed to get the job months before the end of 2013!!!! lovie just has no class in my opinion!!! He could not take 2 minutes to thank the Tampa Bay Fans that supported him, as he was to busy giving NFL GM Licht the double silent treatment!!!!

    The Tampa2 mafia likes to act like they always take the high road until it happens to them, then they become petty, vindictive and slanderous!!!! No class, no class no class!!!!

  30. VeeJay24 Says:

    I have 2 words: MOVE ON!!!!!!

  31. DB55 Says:

    Patrick in VA Says:
    March 8th, 2016 at 9:36 am
    The unfortunate part about Lovie being a college coach is that by the time his players figure out his defensive scheme they’ll be graduating.

    Winner winner chicken dinner! #imcryingoverhere

  32. Espo Says:

    I supported him. I think he tried to come up to me to thank me, but at any given time he was at least 15 yards away from me.

  33. D-Rome Says:

    Lovie even cracked that Team Glazer fired a coach entering the Hall of Fame this year, implying that they didn’t have the best judgment.

    The Glazers do *not* have the best judgment. Since Malcolm’s sons took over the team is 58-102 over the past ten seasons. Over the past five seasons they have been as bad as the Cleveland Browns.

  34. 1sparkybuc Says:

    Lovie will still collect his check from the Glazers. Without Jim Caldwell and Peyton Manning, Tony Dungy is fired by two NFL franchises and is never mentioned for the HOF. He was a great DC, nothing more. Nice guys, but neither one was a great HC.

  35. buccfan305 Says:

    We’ll see who he blames when he runs Illinois in the ground.Garbage A$$ looser!!

  36. Maze Says:

    Defending Lovie is so embarrassing

  37. Buccfan37 Says:

    Lovie’s character would not allow his minds thought to give the middle finger to the Bucs and their fans. He was deceptive in his answers when asked about what happened in Tampa. That’s what I saw.

  38. BigHogHaynes Says:

    @ Canadian: LOVIE did not get it done here in Tampa, I’ve said that, when fired he didn’t owe anything to anyone, he never said one thing against the BACK-STABBER, the man has shown “HIGH CLASS” yet some of you seem to want him to be grateful, I’m sure he was, be thankful, I’m sure he is, be defeated, bow-down, that ain’t gonna happen. DON’T WORRY ABOUT YOUR HATERS LOVIE! I’ll make them back the !&@/ up!!

  39. Bucsfanman Says:

    @Joe- That is a little “intriguing”! One would’ve thought that this type of gamesmanship was beyond Lovie. I guess you never really do know.

    I guess for me, I find it tiresome to continue beating the same drum once that ship has sailed. It’s pointless one way or the other. More than anything, I just can’t wait for it to start all over again (the season!).

  40. BigHogHaynes Says:

    @ Buccfan305: he would have to pull that program out of the garbage can before he could have any kind of effect on it. You are the worst kind of hater, just so disrespectful, tactless, pompous, I better stop.

  41. hamilton Says:

    donot blame lovie for every thing,we have to get better player.

  42. flmike Says:

    What the hell is he gonna do the first time he sees a true spread offense, run on the field and complain to the refs….

  43. Pick6 Says:

    stay the course, illinois. you might get curb stomped by the University of Phoenix in his 3rd season as head coach, but real football fans will know you’re close to turning the corner

  44. Mike Johnson Says:

    Let it go Joe. Lovie is gone. I think prematurely. But he is gone..end of story. On to..The Next victim!! That’s what they all are to the TB Bucs because the sportwriters and media in Tampa don’t quite understand some NFl teams like Tampa are a..slow burn. They need time to build. I like the fact Lovie did not sit back on his Laurels and collect money. He found another job. Saya a lot about the man. Despite Buc fans remarks, Lovie presses on. Good for him. And now we await the simple minded buc fans fangs to turn on..the ..Atlanta Bucs!!

  45. loggedontosay Says:


    There was no talent on the Bucs when Lovie became the head coach. Your boyfriend GMC sucks and that why the the Bucs record was not good during Lovie’s tenure. I believe that the Bucs would have made the playoffs this up coming season if Lovie was still the coach. You keep blowing the horn about Lovie’s firing because you know it was wrong. Let it go already. You got your wish. You have a white coach instead of a black coach. Be happy. I am. If I did not like it I would find another team and give the money that I pay for Bucs gear to another team.