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Lovie Smith talks about the progression of his defense

The Buccaneers’ defense was once viewed as a unit that any quarterback they faced was a must start in all fantasy formats. Well that is no longer the case.  Injuries across the defensive line have held back the defense’s potential for most of the season. But the team is getting healthier and they have been improving as of late. “We’ve been playing pretty good defense...
Via The Bay Cave
2 days ago  |  1 Comment

Lovie Smith: 2-9 Bucs are still in playoff contention

Tweet Just how bad has the NFC South been this season? So bad that at 2-9, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are just 2 games out of first place. Because they are a couple wins away from playoff contention, Bucs head coach Lovie Smith sees no reason to evaluate younger players in the final month of the regular season. “We’re two games out of first place,” Smith said Monday...
Via Los That Sports Blog
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Tampa Bay Buccaneers Fall in Lovie Smith' Return to Chicago

In Lovie Smith’ first game back at Soldier Field since being fired as the head coach of Chicago in 2012 after going 10-6, his Tampa Bay Buccaneers come up short losing 21-13 despite being up 10-0 at the half against the home team and falling to 2-9 on the season. The Chicago Bears improve to 5-6.The Buccaneers made too many mistakes on offense to win today’s game. They turned...
Via Pro Football Spot
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Buccaneers observations: Homecoming for McCown, Smith turns into nightmare

Homecoming ruined. What began as an anticipated return to Chicago for Lovie Smith and Josh McCown turned into a nightmare third quarter. A 10-0 halftime lead became a 21-10 deficit in stunning speed, and McCown looked far from the composed quarterback who enjoyed so much success at Soldier Field last season. Credit the Bears' defense for scrambling an overmatched Bucs line in the...
Via Fox Sports Florida
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Day of love; can Bears make it two in a row?

Heading into a reunion Sunday with former head coach Lovie Smith, the Chicago Bears are more worried about their own play rather than renewing old acquaintances. At 4-6, the Bears can ill afford a home loss to the struggling Bucs (3-7) if they harbor any hopes of remaining in the NFC playoff picture. While much of the week was spent [...]
Via Bears Claws
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Chicago Bears: The Good, Bad and Ugly Of Lovie Smith Era

It was fun times when the Chicago Bears were under the guidance of Lovie Smith.  Here is an overview of it all; good, bad and ugly. THE GOOD Priority #1 – Beat Green Bay Coaches love to call every game on the schedule important.  That may be true in a logical sense, but in a rivalry sense it’s load a crap.  Smith knew that perfectly well when he was hired, inheriting...
Via Sports Mockery
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Five bold predictions for Week 12 in the NFL

Anyone can pick games. Whether selecting winners or making guesses against the spread, it’s essentially an exercise in flipping a coin. But providing some specifics about what’s going to happen in a game, detailing how things are going to play out, takes some thought, imagination and guts. And it actually provides some insight into what’s going to transpire on Sunday and Monday...
Via cover32
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Would the Atlanta Falcons fire Mike Smith if the season ended today?

If the NFL season ended right now, with most teams having played 10 games, the playoff match-ups would be interesting. Some of the usual suspects (New England and Denver) would be taking part, while some preseason contenders (Seattle and San Francisco) would be on the outside looking in. Some surprise teams (Detroit and Kansas City) would be playing, while others (Miami and Buffalo...
Via cover32 - Falcons
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Lovie Smith’s Tampa 2 defense could give struggling Chicago Bears trouble

Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Lovie Smith’s “Tampa 2” defense was built for defending offenses like the one he’ll see in Chicago on Sunday. Smith’s defense has always been criticized for a lack of aggressiveness and great quarterbacks usually do find holes, but offenses who make mistakes will usually make them against Smith’s defense when he has them playing well. A...
Via cover32 - Bears
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Lovie returns to Bears den

Marking his first appearance at Soldier Field since December of 2012, former Chicago Bears head coach Lovie Smith discussed his feelings in a Wednesday conference call with reporters. Asked to reflect on his time with the Bears, Smith offered this perspective: “A dream come true. Everything that you thought (it was), was kinda how it turned out being for me. [...]
Via Bears Claws
8 days ago  |  Discuss

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