Mike Smith Says Culture Off In Tampa, Dodges Jameis Question

January 30th, 2019

Fired Bucs defensive coordinator Mike Smith is a busy man on Super Bowl’s Radio Row this week, grooming his new white beard and selling shoulder pads and his 2015 book  — You Win In The Locker Room First. 

Perhaps that’s why he can’t seem to find much nice to say about the Bucs.

Two weeks ago, Smith had nothing nice to say about Bucs management, players and ownership when teed up during a national radio interview. And Joe has heard Smith do several radio interviews this week and still he’s offering nothing of substance. But Smith was cornered on CBS Sports Radio by host Brandon Tierney yesterday after giving a cliche answer to a question about the Bucs’ failures on defense.

Tierney told Smith he couldn’t get away with the stock one-liner and pressed him to talk about what’s happening in the Tampa Bay organization that leads to steady losing.

“Culture is very, very important and it’s such a fine line, guys, to what’s the right culture … and what’s going to lead to failure,” Smith said. “Obviously, the culture has not been what it needs to be to have a sustained winning program in Tampa Bay.”

Co-host Tiki Barber then asked Smith, “Do you believe in Jameis and did the team believe in Jameis?”

Smith dodged the question.

“I think Jameis is a very talented player. And as you know, quarterbacks have to be able to distribute the ball and not throw it to the other team,” Smith said. “Right, Tiki? That’s the big thing; don’t throw it to the other team. And when you turn the ball over, usually good things don’t happen. The outcome’s not going to go your way. And that’s one of the things, we didn’t take it away enough on defense this season and we also were turning it over. Again, I was just there for the first five games of the season.”

Interestingly, Smith seemed most excited in the interview when talking about what a great coach Dirk Koetter is and how his re-marriage with Matt Ryan will be a super fit. There don’t seem to be any hard feelings there.

Considering what a great guy so many people say Mike Smith is, Joe remains surprised that Smith continues to pass on every public opportunity to show thanks for his opportunity — and hefty raise — in Tampa, or praise fans, or single out his favorite players.

90 Responses to “Mike Smith Says Culture Off In Tampa, Dodges Jameis Question”

  1. DI Says:

    Like seriously, F this guy.

  2. Kalind Says:

    DI. So right. Couldn’t have said it better myself

  3. Darin Says:

    Whos responsible for the culture Sitbacksmitty? YOU and the great coach Klueless!! What a jackass. Nobody around here has anything nice to say about you either Sitback

  4. AlteredEgo Says:

    Like my momma said…”if you can’t say something nice….don’t say anything at all”….no sense beating up Jamesi in the offseason…his 5th year will tell the tale….and at the end if has has a good year he’ll be painfully compared to Mahomes who will be signing a 200 million dollar contract not including national endorsements…he is primed to become the Tiger Woods of the NFL…Jameis is still staggering to find his place and identity among the top NFL QB’s and the young guns are finding themselves ranked and favored nationally ahead of Jameis

  5. 813bucboi Says:

    and this is the same smitty that joe(s) sources said mailed it in back in AUGUST!!!!…..lol….

    way to show your true colors smitty…..

    and if i didnt know better, i thought the HC was suppose to come in and set a standard in order to change the culture…..

    just glab smitty didnt say he failed because of “lack of talent”….lol….we all know thats an BS excuse!!!!!


  6. 813bucboi Says:


  7. tmaxcon Says:

    joe, bucs are a joke and don’t deserve praise from Smith or anyone for that matter. no leadership from top to bottom.no coach or player can maximize their success in that environment 16 years without a meaningful win prove that beyond a shadow of a doubt. there is a reason that no one takes this franchise seriously. you’d have more journalistic credibility covering the Pasadena Sheep Screwers of the Gender Neutral League than covering a glazer owned franchise on either continent. bucs have not earned a kind word from anyone… why are you so sensitive to this when the results prove they don’t earn any respect on the field.

  8. Anonymous Says:

    yep ,,nobody blames Light for the lack of talent and he has to share a BIG part of the blame..

  9. 813bucboi Says:

    along with selling PAL & TBYFL league shoulder pads, smitty is also training folks like @realist to pack U-HAUL and PENSKE trucks…..

    hit up @realist if you want the hook up!!!!


  10. 813bucboi Says:

    those lessons are held at @tmaxipad’s aunt bob house!!!!!

    RSVP is not required…..

    real bucs fans and winners are not welcome!!!!!


  11. The Buc Realist Says:

    Why should he have to say thanks for an opportunity???? They told him to run a scheme he did not want to, because gmc wanted to be in “his” scheme!!!!!! would have coach’s scheme worked??? no one could say!!!! But building and scheming around gmc for umpteenth time certainly did not!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Funny how gm and new coach could give statements about gmc, But everyone else, “they have not studied tape and watched film for”!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Kudos to Coach Smitty for taking the high road!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    The 2019 season will reveal answers to the sheep, that the “real” fans already know!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  12. 813bucboi Says:

    lack of talent….lol….

    smitty had 4 former 1st round picks along the dline
    PBers at LB
    secondary full of 1st and 2nd round picks…..

    so all of those players suck and dont know what they’re doing….all 11 of them….not the coach…..lol….

    c’mon man….that makes no sense…..

    licht made some whiffs but damn….ever player he signed or drafted aint lousy….


  13. Howard Cosell Says:

    Mike Smith is flipping me off again.
    Make him stop please

  14. buddy Says:

    Uh DUH!!! Been telling you guys for months that the dysfunction in Tampa stems from the locker room not trusting the Support staff like the equipment manager snitching on the players to KLUELESSKOETTER and LICHT. Players don’t trust those guys PERIOD. Change that and then you will see changes. How long has Smitty been in the NFL?? Think he is lying?? I don’t think so.

  15. Howard Cosell Says:

    Although he’s spot on about the culture or lack thereof.
    That’s as close as you can get to directly calling out the lame owners…

  16. Mikadeemas Says:

    Is he flippin us off.

  17. tmaxcon Says:

    why do so many Buc fans think they can win with popular mediocre players and the team deserves respect even without a single meaningful win in nearly TWO FREAKING DECADES….

    nothing is free

    no one deserves ANYTHING!

    Respect is earned on the field not in the press or via delusional optimists proclaiming it so….

  18. tmaxcon Says:

    813bucboi Says:

    does the truth hurt your feelings…. i expect that from bonzi and pickgrin but thought you were tougher and at least accepted reality to a point.

  19. Jean Lafitte Says:

    I’m sure he has resentment for how he was ostracized in the end but his defensive scheme was killing us. It will probably take time for him to reflect before he thanks the Bucs and the community for the opportunity.

  20. Lord Cornelius Says:

    “They told him to run a scheme he did not want to, because gmc wanted to be in “his” scheme!!!!!”

    Do you have any link or source for this?

    Here’s some facts for you:

    1. Smitty historically preferred a zone defense.
    2. Smitty was fired in Atlanta because he had a soft team and soft locker room

    Also – Smitty liked huge DTs and small corners. Brent Grimes was absolutely his guy and Vernon Hargreaves was absolutely his type of small CB. Beau Allen/Vita Vea have Mike Smith influence all over the selection.

    The writing is on the wall. Personnel moves lined up with Smitty’s past. His failures ended up lining up with his past.

    Lmao at this clown talking about Culture when he was the head coach of hte defense. That’s kind of on you. Way to point at Tampa sucking for a decade as some sort of way to pass your sh** off as out of your control

  21. adam from ny Says:

    duff sonned his ass as DC from basically the moment he took over…


  22. Duthsty Rhothdes Says:

    He is not wrong, Jason licht & dominik have picked players who only cared about playing hard under schiano they got him run and then they laid back and made excuses. Get rid of the excuses and maybe the bucs work hard and become winners, hopefully arians has complete control and whipes away this losing culture that is all over this franchise

  23. Mike Johnson Says:

    Smity hoodwinked the Bucs. The man refused to come down from his pressbox to coach on the field. Even when a change was sorely needed. Koetter might still have his job had he just fired Smitty before last season began. But he just could not. That was his demise. Smitty is right about Buc culture though. For whatever reason, after our superbowl win, we lost it and never regained a winning culture.
    I’m not condifent in Licht. But I do think Arians can get this thing turned around.

  24. DBS Says:

    People have been bringing up the culture problem ever since the party boy left. It’s not just one player or former coach. And you really think it is going to change now? Overnight?

  25. Knucknbuc Says:

    in a see full of bucs quit the last few years mike smiths gutless spineless loser dont give a damn quit sticks out the most. f that guy hes a bum. and hell never get a d coordinator job again BUM!!!

  26. Couch Fan Says:

    I dont care about respect, I dont care if he doesnt give thanks, he has every right to think what he wants, however the fact he has not once held himself accountable for such a rotten defense tells me all I need to know about the man and coach.

  27. DooshLaRue Says:

    Considering what a great guy so many people say Mike Smith is, Joe remains surprised that Smith continues to………..


    Weren’t you one of those people you speak of?
    Pretty sure you were.
    I could never stand the SOB.

    Go to hell Mike “Man Boobs “ Smith…… you’re a joke.

  28. 813bucboi Says:


    smitty is correct about the culture…..but its his responsibility to help change it..along with the HC….

    smitty nor dirk never accepted responsibility while they were here so im not surprised he would make such comments….

    now you and @realist pack lightly, and wish for a big stick!!!!


  29. Loyaltotheend Says:

    Awful coach with an awful scheme he’s not gonna take the blame on Case selling books doesn’t pan out

  30. Jim Says:

    Try to think of an explanation that goes back at least a dozen years…

  31. Pickgrin Says:

    “Obviously, the culture has not been what it needs to be to have a sustained winning program in Tampa Bay.”

    And as the person who was completely in charge of the Defense for 2 1/2 years – wouldn’t that have been your job alone to CHANGE the losing “culture” on that side of the ball??? SMFingH

    “Again, I was just there for the first five games of the season.”

    And during those 5 games – the Buccaneers defense was on pace to be the WORST defense in the 100 year history of the league. Duffner did a WAY better job the final 11 games running YOUR defense…

  32. Bucamania Says:

    Exactly @Darin!

    YOU sir and Koetter were hired to create a winning culture, not fall victim to it. No accountability. See, it’s not just the millennials who won’t take responsibility. Then again, it’s obvious Smitty and Koetter aren’t exactly leaders of men. Blame still falls on the Glazer boys. I think they made amends with Arians though. A culture change is a ‘comin.

  33. A’train4047 Says:

    Tmax why are you even a fan of the Bucs. All you do is complain about the franchise. You don’t even give them credit for their winning seasons with Dungy and Gruden. Not to mention you probably only think Warren Sapp is the only good player to play for this franchise. I get your sick of the losing as am I, but cmon dude

  34. Lord Cornelius Says:


    Exactly man. F*CK this guy.

    The sucking has been on the defensive side of the ball for 10 years. Bottom 3-5 in the NFL most all those years. Bottom 3 in 2 of MS’s 3 years with his best year being semi-average.

    Our offense has been exponentially better by comparison.

    So if you want to point at where we have a soft losing culture it’s bee f*cking defense. Most people think defense when talking a tough team or culture.

    Raheem/Schiano/Dominic were all f*cked to begin with because of Dominic himself.

    Lovie came in and made horrific personnel moves to fix the defense and made it worse.
    Smitty was given even more resources in terms of draft picks / FAs/etc and regressed and was on pace for worst D in the history of the NFL in his 3rd year.


    LOOK IN THE F*CKING MIRROR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  35. Destinjohnny Says:

    24th ranked d line
    25th ranked backers
    32 worst secondary talent wise

    Y’all are mad at the wrong guy
    We don’t have the players

  36. Pelbuc Says:

    In my next life I want to came back as an arrogant football coach who takes no accountability for his incompetence yet gets paid big bucks to destroy a team. He’s got a lot of nerve showing up to the Super Bowl festivities. Good riddance!

  37. westernbuc Says:

    Mike Smith coasted this year, and his defense couldn’t stop jack, but he’s right. Look at the Chiefs. Defense was garbage but Mahomes made the plays and didn’t turn the ball over. Almost took them to a super bowl.

  38. Hodad Says:

    The blame goes from ownership, to the last player on the depth chart. We keep changing coaches, but the owners still remain, and Licht is still in charge of talent. Speaking of talent, we lack it across the board, because of Licht. Only in the mind of Buc fans is this a talented roster that just needs better coaching. You don’t go back, to back 5-11 with a teams full of talented winners.

  39. Howard Cosell Says:

    It’s well known that Howard blames the glazers.
    That said, yeah, Howard believes the glazers want
    a good team. Being the worst at anything is embarrassing.
    So they’re desperately trying to find a coach to plant the
    seed of a good culture…..therefore, as bad as the glazers are
    they hired Smith for the explicit purpose of creating a better

    Smith = Culture fail

  40. tmaxcon Says:


    what about lovie and the rest of the coahes that failed over the last 16 years. they get free passes too. you defended Lovie like you were on his payroll and lat ignorant fool failed worse than smith and he had 100% say in everything…

    the organization is a joke that is not on Smith that is on the glazers.

  41. Lord Cornelius Says:

    “Destinjohnny Says:
    January 30th, 2019 at 3:14 pm
    24th ranked d line
    25th ranked backers
    32 worst secondary talent wise”

    Where you get these rankings?

    JPP – perennial pro bowler
    McCoy – perennial pro bowler
    Vea – 1st round draft pick
    Nassib/Curry – on par with most teams #2/#3 DEs

    Not sure how the f*ck that = 24th most talented D-line. Stopped reading after that.

  42. Howard Cosell Says:

    ….or maybe I’m giving them too much credit. Maybe they hired Smith for the Explicit purpose of placating casual fans with a recognizable name and then hung Smith out to dry

    The truth is probably somewhere in the middle

  43. BrianBucs Says:

    Unfortunately for all of us Bucs fans, Smith is absolutely correct

  44. Howard Cosell Says:


    He’s still flipping me off and making me uncomfortable

  45. StoutGospel Says:


    You are so effin’ cool….I too think Smitty is flippin’ us off indeed! Hilarious sir.

  46. tmaxcon Says:


    hey idiot, the last 4 hires were supposed to fix the culture too why are you so convinced the glazers clowns magically figure it out this year….

    bucs are a joke and will fail you know that so stop lying to yourself.

  47. Buccernutter Says:

    Tmax just admitted he’s 16. It all makes sense now.

    Carry on.

  48. BucsFIRE Says:

    Wow, inspiring.
    Any question why he could not inspire so much as a lighter flame from his defense?

  49. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Should have asked him how the culture appeared from the press box……

    The only culture we’ve had lately was some cultures from players testing from MRSA…..

  50. Jimmy Says:

    Clearly he hasn’t read his own book, because he wasn’t able to win in the locker room.

  51. stpetebucsfan Says:

    When he talks about “culture” I think of Brent Grimes a total wuss who tried to talk his way into covering a lesser WR. He was one of Smitty’s main “men”.

    I agree with everyone here who said “F” Smitty. Googled found out he’s worth 12 million dollars. Retire and enjoy your loot Smitty…especially that last dip in the pool with the Glazers. You made out big time loser. Have some pride and stay away from the NFL events and media you’re making a bigger fool of yourself.

  52. KW Buc Says:

    Hey Mike!
    You should be ashamed to be talking about football with anyone.

  53. Doctor_berto Says:

    Hard to change a culture when all your top draft picks are busts

  54. Not there yet Says:

    How many interceptions cost us the game when you were here this season guy? Stay retired because that was still garbage he put out. The culture is set by the players and coaches and Dirk Koetter. It’s his fault the culture didn’t change and also his fault for leaning on weak minded guys leading the locker room. Dirk Koetter is worst than Lovie, at least he has the excuse of not having a dynamic offense like this one even though he’s responsible for a lot of talent leaving but all dirk could muster was 5 wins. Culture my arse, coaching staff sucks and if Arians turns it around it’s not like anyone is gonna say it’s because of 2019 free agency and draft. It’s gonna be the players already here but improving

  55. Crack3rK Says:

    Puke. This guy is a piece of work. How many times did his D give up a 4Q lead? I bet he can’t give his book away.

  56. Defense Rules Says:

    Wow, y’all are getting nasty to each other. What happened to Kumbayah? Tmaxcon I think you started it when you picked on Joe (“you’d have more journalistic credibility covering the Pasadena Sheep Screwers of the Gender Neutral League”). You got bucboi all excited with that Pasadena Sheep Screwers reference. Actually I’m surprised that Mikadeemas was the only one who noted that Scapegoat Smitty is flipping us off.

    And Joe, I can’t believe that you actually expect Mike Smith “to show thanks for his opportunity — and hefty raise — in Tampa, or praise fans, or single out his favorite players”. The Tampa media & fans skewered him like one of tmaxcon’s sheep. You included. What’s he supposed to say, “Thanks for the BBQ”?

  57. tmaxcon Says:


    first off dungy won crap with bucs so stop rewriting history and putting that ignorant 1-dimensional fool on a pedestal. bucs were pretenders under dungy not contenders. they never ONCE had a chance in the playoffs with that embarrassing offense that McKay and dungy the clown fileded. gruden had 1 good years sir and never won another damn thing… super bowl expired week 1 following seasons they are not lifetime free passes nor are they justification for the embarrassing product that the glazers have fielded for nearly 2 decades. i have earned the right be pissed and not accept anything but on-field results.

  58. 813bucboi Says:


    lovie has been faked over the coal enough to last a lifetime…..

    you and your co-worker @realist refuse to hold this staff accountable….

    and if the culture was so bad that no coach can win here, why bash lovie….it aint his fault its the cultures fault right?…..c’mon man….

    now you and @realist pack lightly, and wish for a big stick!!!!


  59. Bucs Fan #7423 Says:

    “I think Jameis is a very talented player. And as you know, quarterbacks have to be able to distribute the ball and not throw it to the other team,” Smith said. “Right, Tiki?“


    Everyone knows Jamies sucks!

  60. Lord Cornelius Says:

    “why are you so convinced the glazers clowns magically figure it out this year….”

    I hate when ppl can’t just address things I’m saying and have to go off topic lol…

    I never said sh1t about being convinced of anything…

    I’m saying F*CK Mike Smith for trying to blame his failures on the city of Tampa like we have some magic f*cking curse. biggest p8ssy cop out sh1t I’ve seen.

  61. RTG Bucs Says:

    Sorry, didn’t read the article or any comments and I don’t comment often but I must say this. No one cares what Mike Smith thinks. A complete waste of an article!

  62. Buc believer Says:

    I guess Joes assement of Mike Smith as a classy guy is right out the window. I would have had respect for him if he just flat out said “ I stunk it up in Tampa it was my fault and I wish the new regime well” that would have been the classy and honest thing to do but he chose otherwise. He should just go play shuffle board and go try out walkers and leave football coaching to people that know what the hell they are doing.

  63. Rod Munch Says:

    Hey Mike, if you defense didn’t put the team down by 21 points in the 2nd quarters of games, perhaps those INTs that came from throwing deep trying to get back into games wouldn’t have happened. Ever think of that?

    Also his praise of Dirk just shows what we all knew, it wasn’t Dirk that fired Smith, it was the Glazers telling Dirk to fire Smith. If Dirk had his way Smith would have been there all year.

  64. stpetebucsfan Says:


    I love that line…”Thanks for the barbecue”.

    We’ve had more barbecues here than I can remember. Reminds me of Kojak’s House of Ribs. Then again I really like Kojaks. LOL

  65. tmaxcon Says:


    I never supported koetter a second. The enture franchise is laughable

  66. Lord Cornelius Says:

    Seriously Joe wtf is going on with this franchise????

    Let’s just revisit timeline:

    Lovie Smith hired
    THEN Jason Licht

    Lovie 100% roster control. Personnel moves pretty bad


    Koetter hired Mike Smith. Koetter says the defense is Mike Smith’s to run. Every single quote about him and defense is basically “I don’t know – ask Mike Smith”.

    Given the above:

    1. I’d assume Licht was behind most roster moves during Koetter/Smith. However I’d also assume that
    2. Koetter & SMitty had major input on those plans?

    If not #2 – then basically NO ONE had a plan for the defense.. Unless you are telling me what I think Realist is suggesting:

    The Glazers and Jason Licht force fed everything to Mike Smith in order to build a defense around Gerald McCoy as the #1 priority regardless of what was best for the team.

    Are you f*cking kidding me lol? There is no way that is the case.

    IMO my best educated guess of what happened:

    1. Mike Smith was completely in control of the defense in terms of scheme/plan/etc.
    2. Mike Smith has a history of zone / soft coverage and big 4ss DTs. That history lined up with his approach in Tampa.
    3A: Mike Smith’s schematic approach influenced draft picks and FAs that aligned with that philosophy to some degree. I.e. Hargreaves/Grimes/allen & unrein/etc
    3B: Mike Smith’s approach wasn’t a big influence on draft picks, but because of this we put many square pegs in round holes. I.e. undersized edge rusher who is better served as an OLB/DE only playing with his hand in the dirt and having no plan with his weight/build. Man press corners who are put in soft zone. Aggressive roaming FS who is told to play scared as f*ck and take SUPER deep drops instead of playing more aggressive coverage or being used on blitzes or anything to switch it up.

    Guessing some mix of 3A/3B but leaning 3B. Who f*ckin knows tho.

    Apparently Mike Smith was f8Cked because the Glazers actually ran the defense and wanted a defensive scheme around Gerald McCoy. Just typing that is hilarious lol. Sh1t has gotten weird here

  67. Jw94buc Says:

    This guy seriously must have a brain tumor from the amount of blowouts caused on his behalf.

  68. Dark Mominick Says:

    anybody else notice mike smith flipping the dirty bird in this pick.

  69. Bobby M. Says:

    Just want to point out that both Koetter and Smith were extended by Licht because they were afraid of losing them to other head coaching jobs. They didn’t sign themselves…they certainly didn’t blow years of draft picks…They didn’t sign low character/high drama players. They just coached with what they had….Koetter managed to put together a top 5 offense with revolving QBs, no standout RB and a line that needs 2 or 3 replacements.

    A better angle to these 20/20 hindsight stories is why was he extended?

  70. Chris Says:

    I mean if I were a defensive coordinator , I’d be mad if the QB turned it over 60+ times in my 3 years as coordinator.

  71. I’m a Tandyman Bucs Fan Says:

    Every time I see this Pic it pisses me off!!! He’s flipping us all off and sayin I screwed you guys for 3 years and took alot of the Glazers money!!!

  72. jerseybuc Says:

    It was the culture…..or maybe it was the pop warner easy to read coming out of the huddle D we ran for multiple years. If you go back and read the tea leaves from QBs and coaches who faced us, as well as WR’s like JJ. We were an open book on what we showed.
    Then, to make matters worse, we would make adjustments after the fact and the majority of our players were confused by the plan.
    Only time his D ever worked he had massive linemen in Jacksonville who swallowed up the running game, and he could sit back and play tampa 2.

    Classic Mike Smith. Still to this day, not fooling anyone.

  73. Chris Says:

    The way Winston turned the ball over it had to frustrate everyone except the glazers and Licht apparently.

    Smitty had good moments and ugly moments but let’s face it. Even under Duffner, the defense was bad until Kwon went down and easily improved when lavonte QB’d the defense

  74. Destinjohnny Says:

    Culture stats and talent

  75. Destinjohnny Says:

    Lord Cornelius I am suprised you didn’t go the pro bowl to watch all the Bucs defenders in that game

  76. BucEmUp 7 Says:

    Realist you are so full of shlt! You think they told him.to run the scheme he ran and thats why it failed? You contradict what youve said in the past that the problem wasnt schemenit was talent but now its that Smith was forced to.run a scheme and draft players that he didnt want?


    Go get a towel and wipe yourself off buddy!!!

  77. Howard Cosell Says:

    He’s just scratching his chin

  78. Howard Cosell Says:

    Here’s the situation Bruce Arians is stepping into:

    1.) Walmart culture since Gruden left
    2.) Team has sucked since Raheems race to 10 and
    literally a whole generation of fans have been lost
    3.) Staff turnover is worst in the NFL over last 10 years
    4.) Very questionable owners who are abysmal leaders
    not American football fans and may hang you out to
    dry on a whim

    Good Luck sir!
    Bucs Life to you!

  79. The Buc Realist Says:

    LOL, I can see you guys picturing The Glazers marching into Coach Smitty office and backing out plays he can run!!!!!! That is not how it goes girls!!!!!!!
    Its more like when the coaches asked Grimes to follow the #1 wr!!!!! That was not what the coaches wanted run!!!!!!
    There was much talk and practice of the hybrid defense and that switched back and forth, and after that game that McCoy told reporters that he did not like it, it just magically disappeared didn’t it!!!!!!!! Word on the street was their was talk to trade GMC and during negotiations, a rumor was leaked of interest of a trade to the raiders to up the offer!!!! And they got an better offer from said team but Team Glazer strongly did not like it!!! wanting to jam him into their ring of honor!!!!!!!! And gmc was all over social media (of course) saying he is staying and other mess!!!!!!!!!!
    Why did gmc say he would play in any system right after the season?????
    Why did the gm and new coach frowned and say tough choices have to be made, when everyone else, they say they have to watch tape?????????

    I said all this before the season started!!!!!!!

    But maybe it was all Coach Smitty’s fault, and He ran in and stopped licht from making great draft picks for the defense!!!!!! that he held back gmc and other great players like all the other coaches before him have!!!!!!!!! Coach Smitty failed as DC in Tampa, But that does not mean he was the sole reason it was a failure!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    GO Bucs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  80. Jonathan Lipnicki Says:

    Ol’ Smiley Smith…never liked his smarmy ways but finally embraced him a bit during the 5 game winning streak/mirage of 2016. Sour grapes/sore loser even though Buc brass topped him off with a tremendous severance and half a season of paid vacation. Peddling his book? Probably should be under the knock-knock joke genre.

    And he’s a fraud/con. Swell guy says “everybody”? Washed up whitey who coached his way outta football.

  81. Old School Athlete Says:

    His defense was historically bad. He was handed a roster of young players that showed considerable potential but none developed. Vea got better after he left. After all that, this is his attitude?
    When I started working, my dad told me to always try to leave on good terms. He may have left Atlanta on good terms, but not here. Him blaming Jameis has to be one of the most ridiculous things I’ve ever heard.

  82. Bolt Isle Says:

    Odd how the culture changed with Duffner taking over. Enough blame to go everywhere for this franchise.

    The Tampa Bay fan base reflects the Tampa Bay organization.

  83. Anonymous Says:

    Mike smith was trash from day on. The fact he has nothing relevant to say shows he knew he was worthless

  84. Anonymous Says:

    And anyone still defending dummy smith has to be brain dead

  85. Howard Cosell Says:

    The Tampa Bay fan base reflects the Tampa Bay organization.

    It’s not so much a fan base as gawkers at a bad accident

  86. RODNEY J ALLEN Says:

    Joe didnt u show a link to a story about how Smith always got his way in Atlanta with draft picks and players till it got soooo bad that the GM knew it wasnt gonna work cuz it was an old defeated style that hadn’t worked since the 90s early 2000s but sure tmax n realist blame GMC for the scheme smitty was known for lmmfao 🤦‍♂️🤷‍♂️😂

  87. Morgus the Magnificent Says:

    But I laughed at the pic Joe uses here, with Smith flipping the bird.

  88. Lord Cornelius Says:


    You probably won’t read this but that’s some deep conspiracy sh1t for sure.

    I’ve never heard of owners forcing a defensive coach to make a DB mirror a WR.. I can’t keep reading after that.

    Even in all the NFL behind the scene stories you don’t hear sh** like that.. You may hear of owners meddling in personnel decisions or which QB to start at most. But not the defensive game plan. Not the scheme. Especially from guys like the Glazers who aren’t football junkies or ex coach / player owners.

    And even if true – F Mike Smith for not having the integrity to quit and rather be a lapdog.

    But it’s not true. That sh**’s insane bro lol

  89. BringBucsBack Says:

    What, he didn’t site “communication” as a problem?

    Be gone, charlatan!

  90. Issaic haggins Says:

    The same culture was in Atlanta years back