Better Versus Bitter

July 20th, 2016
Learn and move on.

Learn and move on.

Until the Bucs check in at One Buc Palace to report for training camp next week, Joe will try to get in the mind of defensive coordinator Mike Smith.

Joe will regularly deliver excerpts and/or highlights from Smith’s book, “You Win in the Locker Room,” available on Google Play and iTunes.

You’ve heard the notion that defensive backs must have short memories? Even the best of the best will get burned once in a while. It’s part of the job.

Defensive backs are supposed to move on. Forget that last play. There are too many plays in front of you to dwell on the past.

Well, it seems Bucs defensive coordinator Mike Smith wants all of his players to have that mindset. In his book, “You Win in the Locker Room,” Smith writes that learning from the past is essential to developing a player but that a player should never wallow in the past.

“The first time frame is yesterday, the past. We have to learn from past experiences whether they resulted in positive or negative outcomes. When you use your pasts as an opportunity to grow in a positive way, it will pay dividends in the other two time frames. Many people spend way too much time reliving what happened yesterday and trying to justify what they are doing now because of it. The past has to be viewed as a springboard to the future. We have all been around people who spend too much time reminiscing about the past and what they have or have not accomplished. They spend so much time in the past that they don’t focus on what they can do now to create their futures. The game is over. The mistake happened. … Find the lesson and move on. Don’t be bitter. Get better.”

Could this philosophy also apply to coaches as well?

Could a coach, who had some success with his system, say, 15 years ago, still rely on that same old system? Joe suggests no.

What may have worked 10, 15 or 20 years ago may not work today. Times change. Football advances and evolves. The really good coaches are innovative and keep up with the times.

The really, really good coaches set new standards and break new ground, not being comfortable (arrogant? lazy?) and set in their ways that may have worked a generation ago.

21 Responses to “Better Versus Bitter”

  1. Defense Rules Says:

    Excerpt from book not Pulitzer-Prize-winning stuff, but interesting nonetheless. Actually read the whole piece thinking Lovie hadn’t been mentioned even once. Sometimes have to read between the lines I guess to get the real meaning, but in this case the last paragraph has only one line so that didn’t work. Was Lovie really arrogant and lazy, or just too tied to a system that had worked for him in the past?

  2. The Buc Realist Says:

    Joe Says ” Times change. Football advances and evolves.”

    Too bad we wasted 2 years proving this in Tampa!!!! I am sure coach my scheme is about to have a bowl of corn flakes this morning, just like he has had for the last 15 years!!!! The Incompetent one’s playbook says Buccaneers at the top, then crossed out, Rams, then crossed out, Bears, Then crossed out, Buccaneers (again), then crossed out, Then Illinois!!!!!

    We are all just waiting for Rod M to be fired from Dallas this year!! Then the old tampa 2 can be officially put down for good!!! Yes the “cover 2” is a couple of pages in all playbooks as a prevent-lite for a few situations!!!! But Rod M. is the last hold out!!!!

  3. Since '76 Says:

    I really like the new mindset of the defense. It seems that they will be allowed to play with a controlled anger now; instead of ” keep everything in front of you then drag the ball carrier down” mentality. Remember the rotating DB’s every week last year? Afraid to make a mistake for fear of being relegated to special teams. Seems like this year it’s play fast and if you make a mistake…”next play”. Refreshing change.!

  4. Cobraboy Says:

    Maybe Lovie’s favorite song was Springsteen’s “Glory Days”…

  5. James Walker Says:

    It is a great book. Mike Smith admits where he screwed up in Atlanta and does not gloss over his mistakes.

  6. The Buc Realist Says:

    Maybe the Incompetent one should write a book!!! I know a lot of the “sheep” will purchase it!!!!! I already have some ideas for the title!!!

    “My Scheme” or
    “Its someone else’s fault”

  7. DallasBuc Says:

    Realist- I think his book title will be “It’s Not About the Future, It’s Always About the Future”

  8. tmaxcon Says:


    my suggestion for book title is

    How I duped 2 Owners and the Media to think I could coach or

    The Tales of a Has Been that Never Was or

    Taking Responsibility is not necessary: My Life destroying the careers of nfl coordinators or

    Free Pass: The life and times of a classless nfl coach

  9. DallasBuc Says:


  10. Bucsfanman Says:

    They’re baaaack!
    I have to admit that I did not miss the Lovie “love” yesterday!
    Unfortunately, this happens to be truth in terms of evolution. Lovie did not evolve and it cost him.
    “When you stop learning, you start dying!”

  11. Mike Johnson Says:

    I see..You Lovie haters are not yet tired of..Feasting. You will be when our Bucs suffer there 1st lost under this new regime. Of course, You’ll have excuses, blame the refs. You’ll blame everybody cept the sorry on the field. And then, You’ll blame..The ghost of Lovie!
    Lovie haters? Keep Uniting!

  12. DallasBuc Says:

    Incompetent Lovie Smith apologists still out there shrieking and whining while openly hoping for failure of the post-Lovie Bucs in order to somehow legitimize the abject failure of their wronged hero and thus lowering the standards further.
    Koetter please win some football games so we can rid this team of the stench of failure that incompetent Lovie Smith has so skillfully soiled in every corner of this team and fan base.

  13. Bucsfanman Says:

    @Dallas- I truly hope that there is not a single “fan” out there, regardless of their stance on Lovie, that wishes failure for any sake. That would indicate that they are not a true fan.
    I, for one, do NOT agree that last year’s failure was 100% Lovie’s fault. I don’t disagree with his firing though. He gets the blame, likewise, he should receive the credit. The Glazers are not without fault nor are the players.
    Personally, I’d like to see us move on from Lovie. He’s not here and I’m tired of talking about him. Like you, I’m wishful that Koetter takes us out of the cellar. It will go a long way toward putting the past in the past.
    Go Bucs!

  14. Mike Johnson Says:

    But Joe won’t stop with Lovie. As long as he knows the same 4 or 5 premature releasers..will get their rocks off with him, he initiates the repetitive threads like that Tom cruise movie Sci-fi movie where he repeats the scene over and over again.
    Joe and his gang will stop though. Once the schedule starts and a few losses commence, He’ll have..fresh meat!

  15. Kevin Says:

    Lovies book titles

    “Don’t lead the charge”

    “Simple as that”

    “Didnt wanna score”

  16. The Buc Realist Says:

    @mike johnson
    Don’t worry, only 3 more weeks left for me to tell the truth!!!! And
    we prefer to be called “coach my scheme truthers”!!!!! as we only want the truth and to expose the incompetent one!!!!!

    I guess some of us have problems when lies and propaganda are told and are allowed to go unchecked!!! Because it will only take root and grow to a bigger lie!!! Just wait until the season starts, and that is when the Tampa2 mafia will be out for blood!!! So many of the Incompetent one’s contacts are all around!!!

    The truth that lovie was fired for gross incompetence!!!! That this team was going backwards and major issues were being ignored!!!! The Incompetent one’s own players that his scheme was “passive’ and a fiasco!!! National media has stated coach my scheme was “over matched” and “a horrible in game coach”!!!!!

    In 3 weeks we start taking steps forward!!!! A team that we can finally be excited about!!!!

    Go Bucs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  17. Mike Johnson Says:

    BUC realist..Give ut up. You never look or sound good trying to make someone else’s character look bad. You fixation with Lovie Smith is obsessive. You are a borderline Hypocritical narcissist. Stop being a..Buc (k) passing blameshifter. The difference between failing and being a failure is..blaming someone else. So You..rant and rave about ex coach Smiths shortcomings daily as cannot improve your shortcomings. Get help man. If you could truly read your postings..You’d see you are a pitiful torn little soul. Grow up and move on.

  18. Joe Says:

    Lovies book titles

    “Don’t lead the charge”

    “Simple as that”

    “Didnt wanna score”

    “Tennessee Ready.”

  19. The Buc Realist Says:

    @mike johnson

    How dare you !!!!! I am anything but ” Borderline”!!!!!!!!

    So in your own opinion, we are just suppose to just sweep everything under the rug. Total forget about it all in the short term, only to use revisionist history at a later date, to dress up the disaster, fiasco, that was one of the worst 2 year stints in Buc History!!!!!!!!

  20. Mike Johnson Says:

    Buc Realist..There you go..that’s the realist I know. Getting his hardcore jollies off. Target has towels on sale to wipe up your mess there..sir. Still get help sir for your Narcissist obsession with Lovie. Or..he might visit you in your sleep………..(Big Laugh)

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