TAMPA, FL - JANUARY 6: Lovie Smith is introduced as the new coach of Tampa Bay Buccaneers at a press conference January 6, 2014 at at the team training center in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)
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Buccaneers Head Coach Lovie Smith joined Booger and Rich to talk about his decision to come back to Tampa Bay and his future plans for the team.
Lovie Smith said that he noticed minor issues with the Bucs offense but the team has a good core group of players. The team has a good running back and even Mike Glennon made progress last year in his rookie season.
Coach also said he hopes to be a little more hands on in Tampa Bay than he was in Chicago, however he told Booger and Rich that he likes to bring in good coaches and let them do what they do best. He trusts his staff to teach his team.
Despite the offensive struggles in Chicago, Lovie Smith said that they still won games. Even in his last season Smith noted that they won 10 games, but he they needed to do a better job of protecting the QB. That starts up front with the offensive line, Smith said. Lovie Smith said if you bear with us, we will have a good productive offense.
During his time off, Smith said he watched film in his basement on Monday’s and the games during the weekends. He said he was able to pick up on some trends in the NFL. He said he did watch the Bucs closely and and feels like he and his staff can hit the pavement running this season because they know this group of players well.
Lovie Smith said he was able to learn a lot from his time in Tampa with Derrick Brooks. He said it felt good to have a true student of the game and it was a blessing to be around Brooks every day. He learned more from Brooks than Brooks learned from him.
With comparisons of Brooks being drawn to Lavonte David, Smith said that it’s not fair to compare the two because David is so young, but David has all the traits of a great linebacker.
One thing Lovie Smith mentioned while speaking with Booger and Rich was his want to be involved in the community. Smith said it’s important for his players to sell the product and he hopes to get Raymond James Stadium back to a difficult place to play for opponents.
People have compared Lovie Smith and his former mentor Tony Dungy. Smith said that both have a similar belief system. You won’t see either of them cursing out players at practice but both believe instead that you have to be great teachers of the game.