Is Lovie Smith Helping The Cowboys?

December 17th, 2016
Cowboys DC Rod Marinelli and Lovie Smith have one of the most public friendships in recent NFL history

Cowboys DC Rod Marinelli

Joe is willing to guarantee there is a prideful, competitive and still-bitter man rooting against the Bucs on Sunday night.

His name is Lovie Smith.

First, it’s common knowledge that Lovie was rankled and angered by his firing worse than Chucky was when Team Glazer ditched him out of nowhere in 2009.

Second, Lovie is very close friends with Rod Marinelli, the Cowboys defensive coordinator, who Lovie hired for that role in Chicago years ago. Lovie always called Marinelli his “brother,” and Lovie’s son went to work for the Cowboys under Marinelli.

Third, Lovie loves all things Texas. The man oozes Texas pride. If you think for one second Lovie wants to see the team that fired him march into “Big D” and stun the Cowboys and vault into a gigantic NFL spotlight, then you’re just not paying attention.

Lovie’s 3-9 record and garbage defense at Illinois this season has left him plenty of free time in December. And Joe believes Lovie has shared every bit of knowledge possible about the Bucs’ offense with Marinelli this week.

Joe wouldn’t even be surprised if Lovie flew in to Dallas to show Marinelli stuff on film and review calls within the Bucs’ offense.

Joe didn’t ask Dirk Koetter about this subject this week, but Joe sincerely hopes the Bucs have systems in place to nullify any input from Lovie.

48 Responses to “Is Lovie Smith Helping The Cowboys?”

  1. Buccaneer scotty Says:

    Don’t worry lovie can’t stop any offense not even ours!

  2. DB55 Says:

    We could only be so lucky.

  3. The Buc Realist Says:

    I hope he is!!!!! the incompetent one can only hurt the cowboys just walking down their hall!!!!! coach my scheme just talking on the phone to rod marinelli to create blunders during the game!!!!!!!

    Please, Please let this be true!!!!!! IT could be a Blow out if it is!!!!!!!

    #simple as that = all the other offenses thought it was as well!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  4. q Says:

    Very interesting read joe….im pretty sure koetter has this in mind also…but this is the 2016 bucs not the 2015 koetter offense that lovie had last year…having said that…marinelli im sure does not need input from lovie …hes a well respected defensive coordinator and he and his staff know how to watch tape…its just a coincidence the game is being played in lovies hometown and the defense just happens to be the tampa 2 that both marinelli and lovie use …nothing more nothing less…however very interesting coincidences and it just happens to be put in our path

  5. Ray Rice Says:

    If Mr. Coach My Scheme helps the Cowhoes then I guarantee victory. Slant passes all day and the occasional long bomb will be the recipe if this is true.

  6. Maze Says:


  7. mhall085 Says:

    Uh… conspiracy theory, much, Joe?

    If we block it up, Jameis will pick apart the Cover-2. This Sunday’s game will be decided between the Bucs’ defense and Dallas’ offense.

  8. Fred E. Buc Says:

    If Lovie had a mean streak for vengeance we’d have heard from him by now publicly. Worse, I think he’s probably been further humbled by his college record this year. I’m sure he was hurt but over a year he’s probably realized not firing his two sons helping run the worst pass D in the NFL two years straight probably said something about him even he can’t argue with. And don’t forget, we never heard him and/or saw him do anything to retaliate against the Bears for firing him after a 10-6 season. Wow, and that said, he never could beat his old team here either. So I think Joe is just stirring the pot here and piling on old Lovie, who is laughing all the way to the bank. Fly to Dallas and clue in his old buddy Rod to help show up the Bucs? A team that is very different (even plays on offense are) than when he was here. Doubt it. Joe is trying to yell “fire” in a crowded theater here. If anything, get the low-down on Lavonte for us, Joe! Let Lovie be. Go Bucs!

  9. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    I can’t think of which is worse…..having Lovie’s help with gameplanning or having Dominick assist with personnel decisions…..what a hot mess!!!

  10. The Buc Realist Says:

    If he does end up “helping”, and the Bucs wipe the field with dallas’s defense it will go down in history as the “Buffoonery BomB”!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  11. q Says:

    I think joe should have a lil more respect for koetter and jameis…dallas is not all that…only game i seen dallas actually look good in was vs the steelers…lets not forget they BEAT teams who are very weak…when they destroyed green bay and the media ate it up …green bay was not the team it is right now…i promise you if they replayed today green bay would slaughter them…and the giants team who beat them twice in the same situation we are in…the defense was weak first few weeks of the season and picked up around week 10…honestly the best teams in the NFC is tampa and the giants…its proven…we beat all the top teams in this conference barring sunday nights game against dallas which i predict we win…giants have too…this article is just coincidences

  12. Fred E. Buc Says:

    Oh wait. Breaking news! Sources told me One Buc was broken into last night, and a playbook may be missing. Doing some sleuthing, sources tell me a small jet was chartered from Illinois to Tampa and then left here a few hours later headed for (Gulp!) Dallas. Sure, that can happen any day–a unlikely coincidence. But this part is really strange: blue and orange “indian” feathers were found on the floor of Dirk’s office, like they were not-so-accidentally left. And…the picture of Dungy, Lovie Smith, and Rod Marinnelli hanging on the far wall of Brian Ford’s office is GONE. Taken right off the nail. Developing…

  13. tdtb2015 Says:

    HMMMMM… The question is:

    Who Marinelli even think Lovie can help him?


    But he is the one who went 0 -16 in the free agency era. I’m waiting for the NFL network to do a show on them!

    Go Bucs!!!!

    p.s. I think Jerry promised to fine Marinelli if he finds out Lovie had any input on the game plan!

  14. q Says:

    Lmao FRED E Bucs …good one

  15. R.O. Says:

    Didn’t ask DK this question because 1. You didn’t have the Nards 2. He would have probably gotten very frustrated with question. 3. If Lovie is doing that, then he had zero respect for the players he coached, because those are the only people he’s hurting by doing that and reinforces his termination. I’m not sure why people in general express sympathy when the head coach is fired, it’s the other lower levels assistants it hurts the most.

  16. BKNYfootballhead Says:

    I won’t be the last person to say Lovie was a gravy smothered turd sandwich, but this is wholly speculative and beneath you Joe. Entertainment for thought, sure; but this isn’t substantial or of your journalistic standard. I know you explain this of being opinion, yet Joe, your apathy towards Lovie has twice left you maybe with a little egg on your face. I recall you writing up some hogwash that during the off-season of NCAAFB, multiple teams were purposefully choosing Illinois as a homecoming opponent due to Lovie being at the helm, when in reality those games were scheduled well before his hiring.

  17. q Says:

    R.O. i couldnt have said it better…well said…does it happen in the league sure it does…but i highly doubt lovie being a very religious person…a man of god who does not even like cursing would go as low as to cheat a team out of a win

  18. Blake_bucsfan Says:

    You assume that lovie has any friggin clue how to properly evaluate film and offensive concepts.

    Hell he was a defensive coach and couldnt even identify what good defense was or what a good player was. I mean this guy had a hard on for mike jenkins, and that dude was pure garbage.

    Any input that lovie would have, would probably back fire on the Cowboys. Just like it did for him in chicago, and here.

  19. BKNYfootballhead Says:

    Reading again, Joe, I was mistaken. You did not state this of opinion, but of “guarantee” with a nicely placed “believes”. The lack of clarification makes this total BS

    Low, and substandard work here. Raise your game, Joe

  20. The Buc Realist Says:


    To be fair, he never really coached, he just showed the players hours of film of old Tampa2 defenses!!!!!!!

  21. Bucsfan951 Says:

    DB: your comment made me lol. Good one, sir.

  22. Erik w/ Clean Athletics 'The Kwon Alexander of Bucs Fans' Says:

    I agree that Lovie ‘helping’ the Cowboys seemingly can only help us. Mainly bcuz he’s a terrible defensive coordinator, but also bcuz he’s a terrible defensive coordinator.

  23. JMN Says:

    That is giving Lovie a little to much credit if you as me. He probably paid zero attention to the offense last year.

  24. CalBucsFan Says:

    Yesterday Bill Polian ranked the strength of playoff-worthy teams on BSPN listing the Cowboys first and our Buccaneers SECOND amongst all teams. Wish I had recorded the piece so I could provide more info here, but the rankings were based on five team characteristics (offense & defense) with 3rd down efficiency being one of the five.

    Did anyone else see that? Polian’s not just one of the typical BSPN talking-heads, the guy has built multiple Super Bowl contending teams and his ranking method seemed well founded. The Bucs were one of the top teams in all five categories, even first in at least one. Teams like the Raiders, Chiefs, Seattle, etc. were included but each had at least one characteristic where they performed poorly causing them to slide 10 notches or more down the chart. Using this method of ranking, tomorrow’s game is #1 vs. #2 and may very well end up being the best game of the year in the NFL.

    How awesome it is to see the Bucs transition to this position so quickly in year-one of Koetter at the ship’s helm. Though it certainly hasn’t been smooth sailing the first half of the year as they had to navigate through new playbook maps and crew injuries, it sure looks like the course is set, the crew’s at nearly full strength again and it’s full speed ahead with Dallas as the next port of call.

    Let’s Go Bucs!

  25. Pickgrin Says:

    Careful Joe – or you might get labeled as “Fake News” complete with Soros paid protestors outside JoeBucsFan headquarters…..

  26. BigMacAttack Says:

    Lovie was showing Rod his Cover 0 defense.

  27. JonBuc Says:

    Lovie did plenty of damage during his two years in Tampa…him part of any opposing game plan is a boon for The Bucs.

  28. salish_seamonster Says:

    Lovie’s input probably only helps the Bucs.

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

    What q said. I’m wondering how they are going to peg us after dismantle this football. marinelli couldn’t contain Fameis as a rookie, don’t think they’ve found some magic elixir that will allow him to do tomorrow.

  30. unbelievable Says:

    Well if that did happen (which I’m quite sure it did not), then all we would need to do is throw a slant pass on every single down. All game. We’d win the game 42 – 10 at least.

    Simple as that.

  31. Loggedontosay Says:

    Anybody thinks joe sound stupid?

  32. chuckyrocks Says:

    Lovie needs to learn how to win at Illinois before helping in a league that he knows nothing about….OBVIOUSLY!

  33. DB55 Says:


    No doubt you on point but every time I read your comments, especially on the morning joe, I keep hearing Oswald Bates in my head. Lmao

  34. Billy Buc N Brazil Says:

    You said it Db55!!! Please Lovie help the boys out!!!!

  35. BKNYfootballhead Says:

    @ DB55

    Hilariously classic! Haven’t seen that one in years, thanks for that.

  36. Sasha Says:

    Lovie Smith helping the Cowboys can only be a positive.

    His recent performance suggests he only has a negative impact on defenses (if they can even make that many short term adjustments based on an outsider).

    Perhaps we short slant them to death.

    In Dirk we trust (guarantee he has encountered this situation and know how to respond).

  37. Buc believer Says:

    Smiths last 3 years of coaching produced 2-14 6-10 and 3-9 records. Why take this joke of a coach seriously? He’s not worth the article posted by Joe.

  38. JonBuc Says:

    Loggedontosay Says:
    December 17th, 2016 at 1:45 pm
    Anybody thinks joe sound stupid?

    No…me thinks Joe sound real smarts.

    Come on! Back to Mom’s basement yous go!

  39. BuccaneEric75 Says:

    If Dallas needs Lovies help, they aren’t as good as I thought.

  40. BuccaneEric75 Says:

    Speaking of Lovie, where is BigHog at? If the defense plays bad this week, he’ll be back.

  41. Back up kicker Says:

    I think if Lovie is “helping” we are in good shape.

  42. BigHogHaynes Says:

    BigHog here….but not to defend, we are in for a fight tomorrow nite, and I’m ready for it to go down on Prine Time! Now about this post (I know yall wanna hear what I got to say about this pile of bull sh*t) if it smells like crap and it reads like crap then it must be written by a very professional sports journalists!! Ha ha ha ha ha 3 games to play with 1game to win to show improvement over last year’s team! We play a good team in their house…….I won’t make a prediction but I do hope we win! P. S. This story SUCKS! Go Bucs!!

  43. Pickgrin Says:

    3 games to go with 1 game to win to show improvement over last year….

    Isn’t that right little piggy?

  44. Trubucfan22 Says:

    Hahahahahahaha i hope lovie is trying to help the cowboys. Everything he touches turns to crap. Lets all hope that Lovie is in Dallas “helping”. Lol

  45. Cover Deuce Says:

    Because Lovie Smith is such a brilliant tactical mind on defense….I could barely type that with a straight face.

  46. DavidBigBucsFan99 Says:

    Rightwing Joe once again you show how you are a nagging wife. You have absolutely no journalistic integrity actually trying speculate Lovie doing something that as a well known man of faith would go completely against his morals. He was stubborn and stand offish but not the kind of man you and the other morons up here try to denigrate his character into. Maybe you all hate him because of his wife! Lol

  47. Pewter report Says:

    Everything Lovie knows would fit in a thimble

  48. feelthepewterpower Says:

    When Marinelli was asked about the Buccs success in takeaways, he credited Lovie Smith…not Mike Smith as something Lovie preached and was* (not with the buccs) successful at when the two were together on the sidelines……