A disappointed Lovie Smith met with the media following Tampa Bay’s 48-17 loss to Baltimore on Sunday, and talked about the game and the issues the Buccaneers had in trying to stop the Ravens who jumped out to a 38-0 halftime lead.
Below is a transcript of the press conference.
“1-5 says we’re not a good football team, and we’re not a good football team. It’s kind of as simple as that. Starting the game off, control action of course in the first half, whether they were running the ball, passing the ball – defensively, we didn’t get anything done. Of course, the plan is to stop them right away and give our offense a chance. Early on in the first half, the same thing goes for the offense [not getting anything done]. We’re not a good football team. We’re weren’t able to get anything going to match some of their drives early on. So it’s total domination on their part. By us, we understand it’s a home game and we didn’t play well in front of our home fans but, for our sake, we’re a better football team than that. I thought we would play better. Of course that goes to the head coach. There’s been a couple weeks where we really haven’t played our best ball. We had a few injuries in some keys spots that hurt us a little bit, but it shouldn’t have been that type of game. Injury-wise, of course, we didn’t have much. We had a few guys that went down earlier on but they were able to come back. I’ll take your questions.”
(On a deficiency in talent or trouble learning the scheme being the blame for the losses)
“Well, I think it’s probably a combination of both. We have to look at it that way. First off, it starts with us. What you see is what you coach. So for us, we have to do a better job of coaching up what we have. And then, talent-wise, again, it’s becoming a habit a little bit now. It’s happened too many times, so we do have to make improvements and look at our roster, and any other. We have a week. The good part about it is we have a bye week coming up. We have a little bit of time to see what direction we need to go. But, of course, we need to change course.”
(On the the long passes down the field by Baltimore)
“There is only so much you can do. You can roll up and double cover, or whether it’s three quarters or man, it’s the same thing, you are one-on-one on the outside. But, we knew going in that that would be tough duty. We need to do some other things better like stopping the run on that first drive and letting them get momentum. And then, offensively, matching that. So, yeah, that was the case but we need to be strong in other areas.”
(On the lack of pressure on the quarterback)
“It’s disappointing. Some of it was play-action and we allowed them to get the run going. That’s what hurt us as much as anything. Those kind of things show up a little bit, if you can get the opponent into a passing game, and we were unable to do that.”
(On what he saw in today’s loss)
“Can’t explain what happened today. I’m going on what I’ve seen in practice, how we played last week, how we played the week before and then how we did in practice. With that said, we’re getting better. Today, we didn’t take a step forward.”
(On games starting slowly for the offense)
“When we become a good football team, if you do have a slow first series, it doesn’t have to be a slow first half. You have to just stop the bleeding a little bit, if you bleed early. So, yes, for whatever reason we haven’t been able to get off offensively. But then again, defensively we did get off to a good start against Pittsburgh, when we got a takeaway. We were at least able to get them, in the first series, off the field. It all goes together. If I could think of anything positive, right off the top of my head, it’s how we started the second half of scoring the first three times we had the ball. That part is good and that’s what I picture us being always.”
(On the possibility of trying onside kicks)
“We thought about everything. I don’t know how much [onside kicks] would have done. Right now, since we didn’t do it, yeah, I could see that. We tried just about everything we thought would really give us an opportunity.”
(On changing the defensive scheme over the bye week)
“Absolutely not. I’ll stop you right there. Absolutely not. We’re not changing our scheme. I’ve been doing this scheme every year I’ve been in the league. I believe in it. We’re not coaching it and we’re not playing it as well as we need to. Zero chance we change our scheme.”
(On if he is surprised by the team’s results on the field)
“Yes, I am, but we’re not giving excuses for why we’re playing – we’re not as talented as we need to be in some areas and sometimes you can pick on that a little bit. But at the same time, the areas where we are talented and we have good football players, it’s all kind of snowballing a little bit. We’re taking our moments to not play our best ball. So it’s a combination of all of that. It starts with coaching, it start with how we’re playing, but you don’t stop course. We have been very disappointed in two football games that we’ve played where we just haven’t looked like ourselves. Besides that, there’s still good things when looking at the overall picture. And as we go into the bye week, that’s what we’re going to do. We’re going to evaluate the overall picture on where we are and not just think and make drastic changes just less than hour after the game, a disappointing loss.”
(On evaluating himself)
“That’s pretty easy. I’d say I’ve performed at a one and five record. That’s my record as a head football coach, so it’s cut and dry – it’s black and white on what we’ve done and what I’ve done as a head football coach.”
(On the challenge of speaking to the team at halftime)
“Of course there’s a challenge issue to start the second half. Can’t do much about the first half, but we can play our best ball and play good football the second half by starting fast in the second half, which we were able to do for the most part. When you’re down 38-0, you just want to see how you respond. We’ve been in that situation before. I wanted to see if we would respond better this time around, in the second half.”
(On not getting the ball in the hands of the playmakers)
“First off, to get the ball in the hands of the playmakers you have to sustain drives: converting on third downs and protecting a little better and being able to run the football a little better. So yeah, that’s the plan. Of course you want to distribute the ball around, but you need plays to do that. Again, you have to have drives to be able to do that and we weren’t able to do that today.”
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
Wow – aint this place a ghost town. I guess everyone is headed to the skyway…..
Zero chance this team is “built to win.” When asked in the off-season why the team was making so many changes St. Lovie responded changes were needed when a team finishes 4-12. But these changes have been for the WORSE so far.
Just as I suspected, after the inexcusable 0-2 start and the blowout in Atlanta, the home crowds are diminishing. Time and time the Buccaneers ask us to make the Ray Jay a home field factor again. Time after time they FAIL to look like a professionally coached team. Guys, I have NEVER seen a team look as bad as the Buccaneers did in the first quarter. They looked like scab players against Super Bowl champions. They SUCKED!
What a pitiful excuse for a football team. TOTALLY unprepared, TOTALLY outplayed, a TOTAL failure in front of fans who are getting sick and tired of false promises. Big talk, no walk.
This game was so bad the only noise came from the thousands of Ravens fans who were there after the first three minutes. THEY even got board by mid second quarter.
Once again, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are the laughing stock of the NFL. Once again, an embarrassment. Once again, a GD ripoff.
But don’t worry……St. Lovie will build on this. There’s hope. For a lot of money, he’ll sell you hope. I guess he believes arrogance sells.
For me, todays game brought me back to my youth. The days of Leeman Bennet, Ray Perkins, Richard Williamson, the creamsicles and the hey hey hey were the Buccaneers chant.
The Glazers have managed to again make us the biggest joke in the NFL. These guys are riding the coattails of a their successful old man and couldn’t run an Arby’s correctly. They are useless owners and this team will never be anything with their ABYSMAL leadership.
The whole Buccanners organization should be disbanded.
Don’t change a thing. C,Ya
Seems reasonable to me. Why change and go to another scheme? We haven’t learned how to play the first one yet!
I still don’t understand the witch hunt to change this scheme. The Cowboys just beat the Seahawks with it. The Panthers dominated the league last year with it. It’s the coaching and the players, not the scheme. Besides, whoever heard of changing a scheme midseason. It took OTA’s, a mini-camp and a training camp to learn the one we have. To Mac’s point, the players still haven’t fully learned it.
Can somebody ask Lovie what changes need to be made to prevent the Bucs from trailing by a combined score of 94-0 to start 2 games? Atl 56 and Bal 38 before we put a single point on the board.
How does that happen? How unprepared can you possibly be?
When all you can muster on offense is a series of 3 and outs….and all you can muster on defense in response is to watch TDs be scored….you have reached a new low for the Buccaneers…never thought I would see us back at Yuccaneer levels….how have we regressed from SB champs to the Yucs….don’t just say the right things Lovie, you need to take action as Dungy did to change the direction of this ship, because without that (action) we are headed in the wrong direction.
It’s a sad day to be a bucs fan. It all started with the cutting our entire offensive line (D.Joseph,J.Zuttah,T.Larsen, D.Penn), then we didnt keep guys like D.Watson (Special Teams Ace), A.Hayward (Special Teams), C.Barth,etc. Now we have no name players starting at CB for us. Why is Keith Tandy not getting more reps at (S)?? D.Dotson needs to take over LT, Collins is not nearly as good as Dotson. Glennon doesnt look bad though
Thank goodness I was out of town and just got back. Maybe I won’t even watch what i recorded because it appears we have little talent? We have changed Coaching; Gruden, Morris, Schiano, and now Smith and I think it still all goes down to drafting talent and trading away draft picks.
Okay I’ll look at the game in the morning and maybe i see something I didn’t see before.
The Cowboys DC had the good sense to play man the entire game today except the last play when he shifted to Tampa Two. Zutah outplayed his replacement today and we should never have let him go. In fact Licht blew it by letting our ProBowl RG go too, when he could have signed him to a one year prove it contract to see if he had fully recovered from his injury. Licht also blew it by not taking a Franchise QB with our first pick too and failing to draft high OL which is how Dallas turned around their sorry team, and his very poor evaluation of Free Agent talent too. Johnson is no double digit sacker and Collins was pathetic today too. We do need to swap our OTs over this break too. Big mistake letting Reavis go too. When Sims returns he should be starting. And it is a big mistake running shrimp RBs inside with no holes. Our FB should be used as a RB when that happens or at least opening holes for shrimp Martin. Need to play our two TE Offense then too so the TEs can chip block before they run routes. Would help if we would pick up an experienced OC over the break too and a OL Coach. I miss Bostad! And Tandy should have been used as a CB today too. He has good speed. Lovie needs to Coach our Defense!
Schemes don’t win or lose games in the NFL. Talent, and maybe just as important, attitude are what makes a team successful. The legions of Raven fans sure took away any semblance of a home field. That stupid socceresque “Oh….Oh, Oh, Oh, Oh” chant is still buzzing through my head like that “It’s a Small World After All” tine from my last Disney visit in 1996. Here’s a note to Jason Licht. Pick better free agents and stop the revolving door of merely bringing in “different”, but not necessarily, “better” players.
Personally, I have thought Glennon has promise all along, and would like him to have a chance to lead a decent team before passing judgment. If Lovie sits him for Josh, I may literally be done with the team for the rest of the season… There is a good article on tbo.com talking about the fact it is likely to take 1.5-2 seasons for the team to understand Lovie’s version of this defense before they can start playing fast and accurately. Wish there were more insightful articles like that on PR.
Glad I decided to unload my tix…at least Raven fans got to enjoy the game. Can’t see sitting in 90-degree sweltering heat to witness a massacre like that. This team is worse than the team that got Raheeem Morris fired, in my opinion.
I agree with Scubog! I watched the game I recorded and saw little talent. Everybody should be on the market to be traded. We aren’t going to get better with this lot on the roster in two weeks or 10 weeks. Trade now for draft picks! At the end of the season let it go!! I mean all the non performing guaranteed contract players. Keep Mankins and start over with an OL. Keep nobody on the DL and start over. Keep nobody on the LB and start over. Keep Banks on DB’s and start over. Keep Sims and start over in RB’s. Dump McCown and find a replacement Now! We can’t go QB in this years draft and we’ll have to wait until the OL is rebuilt. Glennon is adequate for now. Go Bucs! It’s a new beginning; start now!
Is there a scheme?
If they get trucked by the Vikings, Lovie is done.
Buctebow; replacing Lovie is the least of the problems. This is the 4th coach since 2008. It’s the poor drafting that has got us here. I’m giving Coach Smith thru 2015 to see if some of the sails are back up. Go Bucs.
Horse, I am not against keeping Lovie for a year or two more, as we do need to develop some continuity in order to succeed. You are right that the talent cupboard is bare and Lovie can only work with what is in front of him. It is just hard to watch.
drafting hasn’t been all that bad.. coaching however has been atrocious
Dear Lovie, The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result.
We changed most of the offensive line because they were so bad! Collins is better than Penn; Mankins is better than Larsen; eds is WORSE than Zuttah; Omameh is better than “our Pro Bowl G” who is now on the Rams bench, came in for one play and gave up a sack.
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