After being hired in January Lovie Smith constantly reminded fans that the Buccaneers were a 4-12 team, therefore change would be coming.
And with that came four new starters on the offensive line, a high priced defensive end, and a veteran quarterback, among others. But nine months removed from the start of free agency in March, and it’s safe to say that almost none of it has translated into success.
On Monday, Smith was asked about the evaluation and if he has any regrets. And while he admitted disappointment, he recognized that certain moves don’t always work out. Yet despite their failures, the team will remain aggressive in its win now approach as they enter the 2015 offseason.
“When you say misjudgments, there are some moves that we’ve made that didn’t workout the way we wanted them to, so yes, that’s a fair statement… look where we are,” Smith said. “We don’t have anyway to combat that statement at all. But that’s what you do; you make decisions you think gives you the best chance to win and you make improvements where you feel like you need to make improvements. They don’t always work out.”
Smith feels like their familiarity with the roster going into the second year will also serve as an advantage.
“Last year has nothing to do with this year,” Smith said. “We’re in a different position right now. We know our roster a little bit better right now, and what we truly do need. And, like always, we’re going to be as aggressive as possible to try to improve our ball club in any way through every phase. Free agency, draft, etc.”
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Are there many FA coaches available???
You may want to tell Lovie that when he gets that dull throbbing headache from watching so many bad Buc losses that excedra does not work.
He would be better off if he tried Advil, Motrin, Tylenol, etcetera!! Something much stronger! lol.
At least Lovie admits it. Isn’t that the first step? Hello, my name is Lovie Smith and I’m an offenseoholic. Hello Lovie.
Really? It should. I would have wanted to see the Bucs acquire 2 to 4 FA’s total to leave more starting spots available for draft picks. I would have wanted it to be a mix of the 1st, 2nd and 3rd waves of FA. Maybe 1 big name FA (like Adrian Peterson if he is released or G. Hardy), a guy a few days or a week into FA like whichever CB the Bengals let go to make room for D. Dennard and a no name guy a week or two into FA like a veteran blocking TE or bringing back CB Gorrer. I saw Gorrer playing for the Ravens this year and playing well which means he never should have gone to IR in the first place.
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