If you have followed TheBayCave.com for some time, you would know that once a player or coach is no longer in pewter, we tend to not really care about what they do outside of the team. But it appears that good ol’ former NFL head coach and now college head coach Lovie Smith is passing the blame around instead of pointing the finger to himself.
Here is what he had to say when he was a guest on Fox Sports Radio with host Colin Cowherd via the Tampa Bay Times:
“When you make a change, it takes a while. We made progress from Year 1, and I thought the team was set up to really take off in Year 3.”
“I was surprised. Didn’t see it coming. I thought we had a plan and I was a part of that plan. I felt like I put a lot of things in place for the Buccaneers to be successful in years to come.”
HA! Seriously?! This is a perfect example of utter ignorance. Smith tells a pity story to make himself sound and look better than what he really is while spreading lies and not telling the whole story.
The only progress was in the win column which is a HORRIBLE way to analyze this situation and does not tell the full story. There was no progress from Year 1, as he claims. In fact, the only progress was on the offensive side of the ball and that was because of the man who is in his position now — and rightfully so.
His defense regressed.
His defense often featured a different combination of cornerbacks throughout 2015.
His defense couldn’t stop a slant.
His defense couldn’t rush the passer.
His defense saw players no other team wanted.
His defense had guys like Mike Jenkins playing.
Oh, and he let go of Darrelle Revis in his first offseason.
His defense was his. He took over playcalling duties from someone that had the defense improving in the final stages of 2014 and drove it into the ground. But good ol’ stubborn Lovie Smith needed to have control and it was his control that led to his own fate.
Smith was 8-24 while coaching the Bucs. He once believed a quick turnaround was possible. He agreed that everyone has been patient enough. My, how quick we are to forget that.
His firing was no one else’s fault other than his own.
As Smith says, simple as that.