Lovie has failed since his opening act

Buccaneers head coach Lovie Smith has become a storyteller at the podium. But his act is growing old with many. From his delusional optimism where he claims the team is getting better to giving up 30+ points week in and week out, Smith should stop trying to force feed us his false optimism. 

His opening act was one full of joy and excitement. One where so many fell victim to his deceitful words as they felt he was the perfect man for the job. I admit I was one and I couldn’t have felt more misled as I do today.

I was there at One Buc Place for Smith’s introductory press conference. I witnessed him answer questions with a smile that stretched from ear to ear. There was excitement in the air as the media, owners, coaches and players, past and present, looked at what could be history in the making.

But it was that same day, that same moment where Lovie Smith started exploiting the minds of many.

“Defensively, I’m a head football coach because of my expertise on the defensive side of the football,” Smith said during his introductory press conference last January. “I had a chance to meet and talk to [defensive tackle] Gerald McCoy earlier. As you guys know, defense-wise, no one should ask me if we’re a 3-4 team. We’re a 4-3 team. There’s a reason why we have Tampa-2 associated to one of our coverages, but I just want you to know, especially [in reference to cornerback] Darrelle Revis, we don’t play Cover-2 every snap. We have a place for a great cover corner that’s physical and can do all things. But it’s about the three-technique. Gerald McCoy – it’s the reason why he’s going to the Pro Bowl.”

“But there’s a reason why Darrelle Revis is one of the best football players in this game. We’re excited about getting our hands on him and putting him in a position to make plays.”

Smith’s “expertise” on defense has yet to come to light. In fact, he has failed and failed miserably. Revis, arguably one of the best players in the league still, is no longer around due to the head coach’s decision not to pay him. But as you can tell in the quote above, he was already setting up his decision to let Revis go by emphasizing what McCoy meant to him.

Should have known then what that show was all about.

Time has passed since then but nothing has changed. Smith’s act is still seen almost everyday each week with showtimes in the afternoon. Monday’s performance was his best ever and I can honestly say I have officially heard it all.

When asked why the team did not continue to apply pressure to the Redskins before the half during their 31-30 loss or if he will be more aggressive moving forward, Smith emphatically said, “No, not at all.” That reply revealed his biggest feature — a feature only losing coaches have: Lack of fire and aggression.

“At the end of the game, you always want more points, but in that situation I didn’t think we needed it,” Smith added. “We were OK 24-7 going in (to halftime). What could happen in that situation? I think more bad things could happen in that situation. So don’t bring the rest of the games in here, either. Each one of them is a totally different situation.”

Well we now see what being “OK” got him. Hilarious. Another loss to add to his record.

People continue to make excuses for him as well saying he hasn’t had good drafts to work with just yet and depth isn’t all that great. Let’s briefly analyze that.

Even with a “lack of depth” the defense showed improvement finishing off last season. He takes over the defense, brings in a couple retreads, the defense is now worse than last season.

Who’s fault is that? Lovie’s fault.

He may not have had drafts to fill his depth with, but he has had players from previous drafts who are either not here or aren’t performing under Lovie Smith. Mason Foster was a big reason for the Bucs’ success against the run last season which I broke down the reasons why last fall. Also, many within the team felt Foster was worth keeping around.

But not Smith.

Safety Mark Barron didn’t work out under Tampa Bay’s new scheme so they traded him away. At the time it was a good move. But his current team, the St. Louis Rams, put him in at linebacker this past week and recorded 19 tackles. That’s what good head coaches do. They stick with players and put them in position to succeed.

But not Smith.

Cornerback Johnthan Banks has seen better days. Certainly not under head coach Lovie Smith.

Linebacker Lavonte David has also seen better days. All he has done is regress in this new system.

Smith currently has and has had players. From Revis all the way down. He just doesn’t know what to do what them so folks seriously need to stop making excuses for him.

Those types of excuses allow his act to go on. From his introductory press conference to Monday’s admission of being a lackluster coach and everything in between, Tampa already has a premier comedy theater in Ybor. It’s time to pull the plug on this comedy act.

Oh, and for those that keep saying it takes time to build a winning team? Tell that to Smith who said the team was ready for immediate success over a year ago.

“It’s easy for me to sit up here and say, ‘Hey, this time next year, we’re not going to be having this type of [situation]’ – I’m talking about where we are in the playoffs and doing different things. I do think, though, nowadays, you can improve quickly.”

Please exit stage left, Lovie.

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14 Comments on Lovie has failed since his opening act

BlackHillsKen said : Guest Report 9 months ago

Dungy and McKay used a long term strategy to build a solid, competitive team, which Gruden and Allen ruined in the way they ruined Oakland.   But that was 2003 . . . wouldn't you think the Glazers would have noticed by now?

BrianDavid1 said : Guest Report 9 months ago

I Agree, but Where Do We Go From Here??

JoeBucsFan.com » Blog Archive » Deceit? - Tampa Bay Bucs Blog, Buccaneers News said : Guest Report 9 months ago

[…] good guy Gil Arcia did. Typing on his website, TheBayCave, Arcia believes Lovie has been less than honest with Bucs fans from the moment he was introduced in January 2014, starting with Lovie stating how […]

AaronBass1 said : Guest Report 9 months ago

PLEASE KEEP POUNDING THAT DRUM GIL!!! He's been exposed and all thats left to do now is hold him to the same standard as Schiano was and show him the door. I'm not happy things have turned out this way, but no more time needs to be wasted with Smith as HC.

Architek79 said : Guest Report 9 months ago

GilArciaTBC very nice read Gil. Some times the truth is what it is. People don't like it but it should be Black Monday countdown in Tampa!

Architek79 said : Guest Report 9 months ago

GilArciaTBC a lot of us called it - his opening presser was very arrogant and empty promises (esp defense). Turn it over to Licht!!!

GalindoTim said : Guest Report 9 months ago

GilArciaTBC #Agree #FiredLovieSmith especially if we get blown out in next 5 games #PleaseLetsGetBlownout his defense giving up 29.5 game

Barry the bomb said : Guest Report 9 months ago

You could make the argument had there not been well over 100 yds in penalties the game would have been in the win column. What are the three main reasons for such a sorid performance . 1, coaching failures, 2 coaching failures and finally you guessed it, coaching failures.  So what needs fixing??? duh

NickBrew2840 said : Guest Report 9 months ago

TheBayCave Great read. I'm in complete agreement. Lovie needs to go

JJDacotah said : Guest Report 9 months ago

GilArciaTBC yup, it's so disappointing. On the plus side, offense is still improving.

GilArciaTBC said : Guest Report 9 months ago

JJDacotah I'm sure it's what many are feeling as well.

JJDacotah said : Guest Report 9 months ago

GilArciaTBC any time Gil, pretty much summed up what I am feeling!

GilArciaTBC said : Guest Report 9 months ago

JJDacotah thanks, Jace!

pinnacl3 said : Guest Report 9 months ago

I simply can't see anyone defending him at this point. The BIGGEST disappointment of the last three coaching changes..not even midway through his 2nd season.

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