Through 10 games this season, Bucs head coach Lovie Smith has had little to smile about when facing reporters during his press conferences following games. On Sunday, for just the second time this year, Smith was actually able to enjoy standing in front of the media.
Smith, who has been preaching his football team is improving each game, was finally validated – even if for just one week.
“I feel like we’ve been getting better,” Smith said. “We haven’t been able to finish games, but we’ve seen progress. At times we’ve looked like a pretty good football team. Breaks have gone against us. Coming in we saw an opportunity for us – we needed to finish the game and play 60 (minutes), and they did that.
“You keep preaching that guys are heading in the right direction, but you need some wins in there. This was just one step. It’s one game. We have two wins. Right now it’s about the moment. We have a win. We found a way to win in a tough environment and we’re heading in the right direction.”
While the offense played well in spurts, particularly QB Josh McCown and receiver Mike Evans, it was the other side of the ball that set the tone for Tampa Bay’s second win Smith said.
“There were a few situations where they had the momentum and our defense kind of stepped up and made plays,” Smith said. “That’s what they’re supposed to do. That’s our kind of ball.”
The Bucs have a chance to win back-to-back games when they travel to Chicago next Sunday to take on a Bears team that has struggled mightily for much of the season.
Mark Cook currently is the director of editorial content and Bucs beat writer and has written for PewterReport.com since 2011. Cook has followed the Buccaneers since 1977 when he first began watching football with his Dad and is fond of the 1979 Bucs team that came within 10 points of going to a Super Bowl. His favorite Bucs game is still the 1979 divisional playoff win 24-17 over the Eagles. In his spare time Cook enjoys playing guitar, fishing, surfing and family time at the beach. In addition, Cook can be found in front of a television or in Doak Campbell any time the FSU Seminoles are playing. Cook is a native of Pinecrest in Eastern Hillsborough County and has written for numerous publications including the Tampa Tribune, In the Field and Ya'll Magazine. Cook can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Bucs dominated this game from start to finish and I haven’t seen that all year. Congrats to Lovie and Licht. I even have to give props to Frasier as he had the defense ready to play. I can’t wait to see the stats but from what I can remember all four of our starting D-linemen got a sack. I can’t remember the last time that happened. Oh, and M. Evans…I’m speechless about how good he is. It’s just been so long since our 1st round draft pick worked out so well so soon. McCown played well and the O-line played fairly well also. Way to go Bucs!
Is it me or does this defense look much better without Verner and Barron…who would have thought? Great win today. Totally was not expecting a win like that. Mike Evans cant be covered. Just need to figure out a way to run the ball.
Amazing how much better the DBs look when the DL is getting pressure and making the QB either hurry his throws or not giving him time to make a good throw….ie the missed deep balls to Jackson. Given another second or two and those throws are probably TDs.
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