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July 15, 2014 @ 7:21 pm
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Bucs Project "The First 100 Days" Reviewed By Pewter Report

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The Buccaneers released a detailed personal account of Lovie Smith's first 100 days as Tampa Bay's head coach on Tuesday. The feature includes video and photographs that go with a long, but pleasurable read of what went on behind the scenes. PewterReport.com's Mark Cook offered up his thoughts on the project.
New Bucs head coach Lovie Smith wants Bucs fans to be involved and have an understanding of his coaching return to Tampa Bay. So with unprecedented access and transparency, Smith worked hand-in-hand with Buccaneers senior writer Scott Smith to offer up a close and personal first-hand look at his first 100 days as head coach.

From the minute he landed in Tampa Bay, to the days leading up to the NFL Draft, the 30,000-word plus feature story, with a combination of video and photo essays, the feature gives Bucs fans a behind-the-scenes look at what it is like to be hired, organize a staff, evaluate a roster and recruit free agents.

"What I've seen is that when you come in new, you want people to embrace the direction that you're heading with the organization," Lovie Smith told Scott Smith. "People have embraced us, from the receptionist to the eating area to maintenance to younger fans, older fans, season ticket holders, people who are going to become season ticket holders. Just everyone throughout. The media is giving us a chance to prove what we can do, and that's all you ask. So, yes, I like the direction we're going, and after 100 days I'm not going to say that we're behind in any way. We're right on pace for where we should be right now."

The narrative is presented in a special full-screen format and supported by exclusive photos, video and data visualization that help bring to life the story of Smith's return to Tampa Bay. The long-form feature pulls back the curtain on never-before-seen interactions, including Smith’s first meetings with the team and coaching staff, and offers a revealing look into key events of the 2014 NFL offseason during Smith’s quick ascension as a leading figure in the Tampa Bay community.

"I've loved these 100 days. Not enjoyed it – I've thoroughly loved every moment of it, every minute, every second of it," Lovie Smith said regarding the beginning of his tenure as Buccaneers head coach.

Bucs Beat Writer Mark Cook’s review:
I saw a short trailer video on Monday afternoon announcing the project that was set to be released on Tuesday. I actually stayed up until midnight to read and view the full thing. To be honest, as a writer,  I was completely jealous of the job Scott Smith did. I mean all writers look for projects like this. To be embedded and see and watch things that few will ever get to witness first hand, and then to be able to put it into words, is a writer’s dream. And Scott Smith did an amazing job.

I’ve known Scott Smith since the mid-90’s and have seen his career progress – along with his hair turn from a nice brown to a salt and pepper gray. He is one of the longest tenured employees in the organization and has seen and worked with every coach from Sam Wyche to Lovie Smith. The guy is the unofficial historian of the team, along with a handful of other long time employees like Jill Hobbs who worked for the Bucs since the very first day. Scott Smith does a terrific job basically running the team’s official website,  but I had no idea what a great writer he was. It is a long read, but one that fans will absolutely love.

Lovie Smith – and even general manager Jason Licht – really opened up to Scott Smith and his crew to give a first-hand account of what it has been like reshaping this roster and maybe more importantly, trying to restore the faith in the organization from the fan base. I have no idea how successful Smith and Licht will be, but I can say they have a plan and were willing to make some tough decisions to help shape their vision for the future.

While I am sure some in the media will dismiss this as a 30,000 word advertisement or some sort of feel-good propaganda – the website Deadspin already has – I think this was an excellent piece put together by the Buccaneers. I don’t work for the Bucs and so far the Glazers haven’t hired me, so I owe them no favors. But again, as a writer, I have a ton of respect for this project and the job Scott Smith and his crew were able to put together for the fans.

To read and view the feature, click here.

–Part of this report came from a Buccaneers press release

Last modified on Tuesday, 15 July 2014 23:08

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    LOL at the national media outlets that are ripping it. They seem to have put it upon themselves the noble task of informing the public that this is a biased piece and should therefore be taken with a large, snarky grain of salt. Only problem is this is only "news" to them, as 99% of readers will obviously understand the source. Personally I agree with all those who think its a great piece, well written and with awesome insider access tidbits. Who cares if its biased? What do they expect the team's internal media department to write? Smh
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    I read it yesterday too. I thought it was the best ever article written about any Buccaneers subject. I enjoyed it enough to read it again today and enjoyed it again. My hats off to Scott Smith. He deserves an award for that piece of work.
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    I DO think this new coach that Tampa bay as the new head coach has a lot of followers. I really believe that more good free agents in 2015 will join the new bucs and they will reach their goal in less then 4 years going back to the superr bowl. At 68 now and going back to Tampa in sept for my 50th year high school reunion from Plant High school. I believe LOVIE SMITH and company will make it big in a short time.GO BUCS I will be in Tampa on the 18 of sept at sheridan on westshore and cyprus for my big class reunion.It's a shame my classmates couldn't be at the game together if it was playing in Tampa on that thursday. But just being in Tampa will be fine.GO BUCS
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    I read the article yesterday and, like you Mark, I was impressed with the quality of the information and writing. I agree that it's a wonderful read.
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    It was a good read during the dull drums of the season. Mark on a side note how about getting an interview with Dilfer? I'd be interested on his take of Tedford, and what he thinks he'll bring to the Buc offense.
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    I read this last night and I can say that from a fans perspective, I feel this was a wonderful article and very well written. I'd encourage other Buc fans to read this as Lovie offers some real insights to how the Bucs are currently shaped. Well worth the time to read.
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