Jun 10, 2014; Tampa Bay, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Lovie Smith at One Buccaneer Place. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Lovie Smith likes his Tampa Bay Buccaneers roster

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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers had quite the early off-season following the 2013 season. They fired their general manager, fired their head coach, hired a new general manager, and hired Lovie Smith to take the team to the next level.

Not in that order.

On January 1st, 2014, the Buccaneers hired Lovie Smith to take over the franchise a short two days after former head coach Greg Schiano was fired. It took the team 20 more days to replace Mark Dominik with Jason Licht as the teams new general manager.

The Buccaneers wrapped up all of their off-season workouts last week, mandatory and voluntary, and Lovie Smith is liking what he sees.

“We like the team. We like the way they come to work every day … When I talk about the guys, this smile is real. It’s believing in the guys. When you come to work, and say, ‘do this,’ and they’re anxious to do it, how can you not be pumped up?”

“It’s a big jump,” Smith said, via the Tampa Bay Times. “We know a lot more about our football team. It’s like a college workout, you see the guys go through a lot of drills. Then you get hands on with them, get a chance to meet with them and see what they can handle in the classroom. But it’s about the physical part of the game. Putting on the pads. So we can’t get too high.”

Smith should be happy. He has almost completely retooled the team that was in place the last two years. He rid himself of the expensive Darrell Revis and could have half of his roster new to the organization come opening day.

The former Bears coach has spent the off-season workouts evaluating his players and installing new systems on both the sides of the line of scrimmage.  The Buccaneers finished 4-12 last season and are hoping for a Kansas City Chiefs style turnaround in 2014. The Chiefs went from 2-14 in 2012 to 11-5 last year.


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  • victorbarney


    • infadelicious

      Is Jon Gruden going to be at the trumpet feast thingee in september? Can I sit at his table?

      • victorbarney

        Only if it’s the right “trumpets” because it also is written that those days will be shortened, but NOT by how much?

        • infadelicious

          hey! trust me -my trumpets are the right ones.. No one ever complained about em….. Now get me that table with Jon Gruden…….

    • joe f.

      Victorbarney, The more I see and hear about this new BUCS team the more I see them heading into the playoffs. Lovie is not looking to just improve this team to 8-8 or 9-7 and from what I’ve seen there is a good chance to see playoffs. The team seems to be getting along really good together and that’s half the battle.It all comes down to see how well the play with the pads on.I say this because this is a team that doesn’t have to just rely on there defense they have a pretty good offense to and that’s something the BUCS have been missing for well for ever. ” GO BUCCANEERS “

      • victorbarney

        I agree joe f, this is even more exciting than when Jon Gruden came to town! I just know that we’ll really be competitive this year with everybody…

        • joe f.

          Yes I believe so. I can’t believe I’m saying this about the BUCS but I am more excited to see are offense. We really never had a good offense before. With Lovie we know we will have a great defense and as a BUCS fan you pretty much always think defense but wow to have both this is going to be a fun season… ” GO BUCS “


    All conjecture at this point. I’m sure all NFL coaches feel good about their teams in OTA’s. I do think the Bucs will win more than 4 games this season. How many more? We kicked this around at last nights poker game. The consensus was 8-8 or 9-7. We shall see. If anybody can turn this thing around, Lovie is the man to do it.