Bucs start over, fire Lovie Smith as coach

by Gary Shelton on January 7, 2016 · 8 comments

in general, NFL, Tampa Bay Bucs

Bucs fell out love with Lovie./ANDREW J. KRAMER

Bucs fell out love with Lovie./ANDREW J. KRAMER

Wednesday, 6 a.m.

The move smacks of desperation. It cries out of impatience. It was sudden, and it was shocking, and it was dramatic.

But, in the echo of Lovie Smith's firing, is any of that really wrong?

For the Tampa Bay Bucs, these are desperate times. Shouldn't the team be impatient? Doesn't the situation call for dramatics? For crying out loud, the Bucs have been one of the wayward franchise like Cleveland or Tennessee where the post-season is just a myth.

And if the Glazers really felt that Lovie Smith was not the right man, then why wait any longer to try drastic measures?

Those are the parallel ways to look at this firing. You can criticize the Glazers for making another move so quickly, but it's hard to blame them for making a move at all. This may have been the wrong time, but if you're fair, you'd also say it was also the wrong guy.

Lovie Smith won eight games in two seasons, and next year didn't look promising, either. So if you're convinced that you'd have to end up firing Smith next January, why wait? Heck, Smith replaced Greg Schiano, who won 11 in two years. That isn't enough in the NFL, and everyone knows it. Whoever is next in line should know it, too.

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Rick Martin January 7, 2016 at 5:57 pm

Some of the players were outraged. I wish I saw some outrage after losses during the past two seasons that I witnessed this mess. Play better McCoy and maybe you won’t have to have a new regime come in every 2 seasons.

This move looks similar to Raheem Morris’ hiring. Bucs saw that he might take off to Denver based on a single interview Morris had with the team. They thought they have the next Mike Tomlin and didn’t want him to get away. Now they appear to be doing the same move to not lose Koetter to the Dolphins or some other team.

Hate to see Winston go through the OC carousel. Speaking of which, who is watching Winston during the off season. Lots of free time on his hands, newly earned money, a history of mischief…..now this turmoil on the coaching staff. Hope someone is calling him once in awhile to make sure he’s staying out of trouble.

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Gary Shelton January 7, 2016 at 6:21 pm

Not sure who is watching Winston. I know the team can only have him work so many days. That’s a shame, because he’s safe in the film room.

You’re right. Denver wasn’t going to hire Morris, and the Bucs fired Gruden to keep him. And Raheem wasn’t ready.

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Thomas Fredrick January 7, 2016 at 11:10 am

A long held credo in business says: “Every organization is the lengthening shadow of the person at the top.” In pro football the “top person” is the owner, not the coach. I lived here when the Bucs were first organized and the owner was Hugh Culverhouse, a thoughtful man who ran a pinch-a-penny organization and therefore had the record his spending deserved. However, the Glazier family has been both a willing spender and they do not appear to interfere with management decisions once hired. So, what’s the problem in your view?

Thomas Fredrick

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Gary Shelton January 7, 2016 at 6:23 pm

Every team that has won, from Pittsburgh to the Dolphins to the Patriots, has had a special guy in charge. Sometimes it’s an owner (Dan Rooney), sometimes a coach (Shula and Belichick). But you have to be special there as well as on the field. The Glazers have spend freely in some seasons, not so much in others. I wish they would dedicate themselves to be more like Rooney and run this team instead of being businessmen. But it’s been a long time since the Bucs had someone special above the players.

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Howard Powders January 7, 2016 at 10:14 am

My respect for ownership just went up a bit.

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Bill Myers January 7, 2016 at 9:33 am

I like Lovie. The locker room likes Lovie. Heck, even the media seems to like him. So maybe we need a not so likeable guy as a coach! How about a coach that will hold players accountable for making bad decisions and not getting the job done. Not another Schiano, but some one that is hard but commands respect because he gets results, throws the challenge flag more and stands up for his players……… ala Belechick ! I know I’m dreaming! But the Glazers need a franchise coach to go with Winston and Martin. A coach that hates losing and making excuses all the time. Yeah.. it was time and I’m still surprised!

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Gary Shelton January 7, 2016 at 6:24 pm

I agree completely,and I will back you as a candidate.

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Cecil DeBald January 7, 2016 at 7:24 am

Unless they go with someone like Tom Coughlin – if they go with a less experienced coach – I just hope he’s an offensive-minded head coach who wants a strong, demanding DC who runs something other than the base Tampa 2…

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