An angry and frustrated Lovie Smith addressed the media following Sunday’s disappointing 14-13 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals. Smith said the 12 men on the field penalty was a coaching error and also addressed a number of other subjects. Below is a full transcript of Smith’s press conference.
“That’s how 2-10 football teams play. Found a way to lose it at the end. Did some good things defensively, played hard throughout, taking the ball away from them, playing hard right up until gave us an opportunity to win the football game. But when you make dumb, stupid penalties like that throughout the game it ends up biting you at the end, which it did. Again we’re a 2-10 team; not a good feeling at all. Thought we were really prepared for the game but the results didn’t show that. ”
(On the 12 men on the field penalty)
“Coaching error on our part; we didn’t catch it. Simple as that. It shouldn’t happen. Blame head coach; bad move on my part of not seeing that.”
(On having three tight ends and the starting center inactive)
“It handicapped us, but not that much where we should be in that situation. Again, if we don’t make some – it had something to do with stupid penalties that we continue to make; it’s not missing those players. Yeah we miss them, but it’s a game we should’ve won. ”
(On loss being due to a lack of discipline)
“We definitely were not disciplined today. Absolutely.”
(On a low number of pass attempts)
“It was a tight game right up until [the end]. They were doing kind of the same thing. We were right in it, right up until the end of the game. This was our game plan, we felt like we could run the football. Our game plan put us in position. We hound the end of the game and we’re talking about a win instead of a loss. We can’t really get into how many pass yards we have. It’s about what we need to do to win the football game and I don’t have a problem with that.”
(On early turnovers and recovering the Cincinnati onside kick)
“Starting off right away, first play of the game you get a takeaway. Even there we’re talking about trying to get it in the end zone for the defense. But from there offensively yes, one wrong direction. We’re giving the offense the ball in position to kick the field goal, yes, we need a touchdown there. We lost opportunities today.”
(On running the ball)
“Just not good enough play up front for the most part. There were moments when we were able to run the football. Again, to me this game isn’t about not running the ball or not passing the ball to certain guys. It was about penalties. This should be the easiest part of winning a game in the NFL, of not continuing to make penalties like that. That’s the game. Everything else I can live with.”
(On the play call during the 12 men on the field penalty)
“Again, we had 12 guys on the field. Bad on our part: coaches, players, no matter what the play is. The play didn’t work.”
(On whether players are normally counted prior to a play)
“We count them. Yeah, normally. Not every snap. When I say I, I’m in charge of our staff. It’s Head Coach, it’s offensive staff, offensive players. There are a lot of safeguards in place. Guys up in the box, guys down on the sidelines and throughout. A lot of us should have caught it.”
(On production on the final two possessions versus the rest of the game)
“To me it was a heavyweight fight. We had our moments, they had theirs. We jumped out with 10 points, and then they got momentum. Back and forth and it comes right down to the end of the game when who wants it more. We haven’t been able to close the deal at the end. That’s the game.”
(On the defense)
“They’ve been playing well. Since the bye week they’ve been playing good defense. Today we got the takeaways. Set our team up to score some points off of the takeaways. Then at the end of the game where defensively we had to stop them and gave up the big third down play. The defense buckled down and didn’t allow them to kick that field goal. They kept us in striking range with the field goal with plenty of time left to go on the clock. The script was written right for us to pull it out at the end.”
(On when he realized there were 12 men on the field)
“For me, afterwards. It’s happening pretty quick. I knew, good point on their part on throwing the flag. From there, it’s a hurry-up situation so we were going pretty quick. If they hadn’t thrown the flag, we probably would have gotten it out. I don’t know if they caught it up top – they didn’t actually stop us, so, good play on their part.”
(On mental issues happening)
“Don’t know why it’s happening in the games. In practice, no, we’re not. We haven’t been.”
(On whether he gave any thought to kicking a field goal on the final play)
“64 [yards], no. Thought we had time for one more play to try and get it down the field a little bit closer.”
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OK, so their coach is smarter than ours! So, what’s it to ya? OK, repeat after me – 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12 ….err wait a minute, let me try that again! 1,2,3,…….
The OL was beyond awful; the coaching decisions at the end of the first half, begining of the 2nd half, end of the game, was like what a rookie coach might do. Coach Smith, you have to do better than this; how embarrassing.
Well, the ONLY good news from yet another embarrassing debacle is that, if the season ended today, the BUCS will have the number 2 pick in the draft. This assertion is based on the first tiebreaker, which is the strength of schedule. Of the 2 -10 teams, the BUCS have the lowest SOS, according to NFL.com and ESPN. By far. Since it is hard to see them winning any more games, let the Mariota vs. Winston debate begin….
“That’s how 2-10 football teams play.Close Lovie, that’s how 2-10 teams are coached. Another game, another way to find a way to lose. This one,even I wouldn’t have believed if I didn’t see it myself. 12 men on the field? In the NFL? Yet another shining example why the most inept coaching staff in the league must not be back for 2015. That is if us Buccaneer supporters would like to have a season next year. The futility of this organization has to be seen to be believed.
It’s EXACTLY how 2-10 teams are coached. I’m not all that concerned the Bucs lost AGAIN at home but worried this HC and GM will be “leading” them anywhere but down the toilet in the future. I don’t want them coaching, evaluating players and certainly not running the draft in 2015. But apparently the Royal Glazerbaums DO so we are SCREWED!
A decent OC would have made a BIG difference today. For one he would have already fired WarFLOP and his Brownie Screwups. Brate would have been the TE and would have had the good sense not to run on the field with three WRs!
We need at minimum and new OC and DC. We also need the best QB we can get and help on the O-line then the D-line. I don’t trust the 2 L’s any longer with the roster nor the draft.
Interested in why your so disappointed with the defense….we did just hold the first place AFC North team to 14 points, including one of the best WRs on the league to 4 catches and 57 yards…I kind of think the defense is getting a lot better, showing real promise, and doing so without LvD….all seems impressive to me….
A decent OC would have made a BIG difference today. For one he would have already fired the OL Coach and his Brownie Screwups. Brate would have been the TE and would have had the good sense not to run on the field with three WRs!
I’ll say it again. We’re the only team in the NFL without and OC. The guy running the show has no NFL experience. This is how I expect such a team to perform.
The next screw up is when they screw up the draft. This organization has major problems that won’t be solved in a year or two.
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