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Thu, 20 Aug 2015 16:27:40 -0700
Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Lovie Smith will take over defensive play-calling duties from defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier this season. The Bucs finished 25th in overall defense in 2014 and gave up 25.6 points per game, which was eighth most in the league. Frazier will remain the defensive coordinator.
Mon, 20 Apr 2015 15:18:07 -0700
Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Lovie Smith said he and general manager Jason Licht are "in total agreement" of their ranking of draft-eligible quarterbacks. Smith said the whole organization is in agreement.
Tue, 31 Mar 2015 09:11:38 -0700
Florida State QB Jameis Winston's Tuesday, March 31, pro day is being attended by five staff members of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, including general manager Jason Licht, head coach Lovie Smith and offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter, according to NFL Network's Albert Breer.
Wed, 25 Mar 2015 10:08:44 -0700
Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Lovie Smith said during the NFL Annual Meeting last weekend that the team has plenty of other options aside from quarterbacks to discuss with their No. 1 overall pick in the 2015 NFL Draft. Popular thinking has the Bucs taking Florida State QB Jameis Winston with the top overall pick. "We have a good quarterback we feel like, Mike Glennon, on our roster right now," Smith said. "We realize that there are two excellent quarterbacks out there. We're kind of going through the process right now. We're trying to improve our ball club."
Wed, 11 Feb 2015 23:35:02 -0800
Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Lovie Smith is thought to prefer Florida State QB Jameis Winston over Oregon QB Marcus Mariota for the No. 1 pick in the 2015 NFL Draft.
Fantasy Tip: Winston would have a strong fan following thanks to his Florida fan base, but the off-field issues could pose problems with Winston like they have with Johnny Manziel. Still, the release of Josh McCown makes it likely Winston would be a solid backup if he didn't win the starting job.
Sat, 03 Jan 2015 05:19:30 -0800
Atlanta Falcons offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter did not interview for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers offensive coordinator position, according to head coach Lovie Smith.
Mon, 08 Dec 2014 03:45:36 -0800
Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Lovie Smith could be fired at season's end, according to well-placed sources.
Mon, 24 Nov 2014 16:43:38 -0800
Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Lovie Smith said the team's offensive line needs to do a better job after they rushed for a total of 66 yards in Week 12 against the Chicago Bears. Smith also said the team's pass blocking wasn't at its best. "A defense can tee off on you once you can't run the football," Smith said. "We talk an awful lot about being a balanced attack. But when you can't run it consistently that hurts. Believe me, we don't want to be a team that's passing the ball that much."
Fantasy Tip: It's tough to be too excited about any of the Bucs' running back options with a poor offensive line. Charles Sims, Bobby Rainey and Doug Martin are part of a frustrating backfield in Tampa Bay. They face a pourous Cincinnati Bengals unit in Week 13, though, if you're willing to roll the dice on this running-back-by-committee.
Wed, 08 Oct 2014 12:19:02 -0700
Tampa Bay Buccaneers CB Johnthan Banks (neck) is dealing with neck soreness, according to head coach Lovie Smith.
Tue, 02 Sep 2014 10:00:55 -0700
Tampa Bay Buccaneers LB Lavonte David was called the best outside linebacker in the game by head coach Lovie Smith.
Fri, 29 Aug 2014 11:11:43 -0700
Tampa Bay Buccaneers CB Mike Jenkins (hamstring) is close to returning to practice, according to head coach Lovie Smith.
Wed, 20 Aug 2014 13:18:59 -0700
Tampa Bay Buccaneers DE Adrian Clayborn received praise from head coach Lovie Smith for being a hard worker. Smith said Clayborn has transitioned well to the left side of the line.
Wed, 20 Aug 2014 13:13:56 -0700
Tampa Bay Buccaneers CB Alterraun Verner (hamstring) is making progress with his hamstring injury, according to head coach Lovie Smith.
Thu, 14 Aug 2014 10:17:23 -0700
Tampa Bay Buccaneers FS Dashon Goldson has been asked by the team to lower his target when making tackles. "We've had a lot of conversations," head coach Lovie Smith said. "We're not asking him to stop doing anything. Really, it's pretty simple. We talk about a physical player, we want him to remain that. Just lower the target a little bit. It's kind of as simple as that."
Sun, 10 Aug 2014 00:14:54 -0700
Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Lovie Smith said he will not be afraid to look for outside help if it improves the performance of his offensive line. He was also quick to say he believes the current line performance is fine.
Mon, 28 Jul 2014 00:42:30 -0700
Tampa Bay Buccaneers FS Dashon Goldson (ankle) is being brought along slowly at the start of training camp, as the team is limiting his reps. "We want to get him incorporated into everything, but we limited his reps,'' coach Lovie Smith said. "We had him start off and that was pretty much it. We'll be able to progress a little bit with his reps. But I was impressed with his movement.''
Thu, 24 Jul 2014 09:19:13 -0700
Tampa Bay Buccaneers SS Mark Barron (undisclosed) is ready to take the field, according to head coach Lovie Smith.
Thu, 24 Jul 2014 09:13:06 -0700
Tampa Bay Buccaneers FS Dashon Goldson (foot) is ready to take the field, according to head coach Lovie Smith.
Thu, 24 Jul 2014 09:12:16 -0700
Tampa Bay Buccaneers OG Carl Nicks (toe) was excused from practice Thursday, July 24, according to head coach Lovie Smith. Smith is not sure when Nicks will return to the team.
Sun, 22 Jun 2014 08:14:21 -0700
Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Lovie Smith is optimistic about his team after the offseason program wrapped up this week. "We like the team'" Smith said. "We like the way they come to work every day … When I talk about the guys, this smile is real. It's believing in the guys. When you come to work, and say, 'do this,' and they're anxious to do it, how can you not be pumped up?"
Tue, 10 Jun 2014 13:19:26 -0700
Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Mike Evans (hamstring) will be limited in minicamp practices this week, according to head coach Lovie Smith.
Mon, 02 Jun 2014 00:34:12 -0700
Although the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have four quarterbacks on the roster now, that number will surely drop to three and could even be cut in half. For most of his tenure with the Chicago Bears, coach Lovie Smith only had two QBs on his rosters.
Tue, 27 May 2014 10:50:25 -0700
Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Lovie Smith said WR Mike Evans (hamstring) is improving. Smith said the team will take their time with getting him back to full strength.
Tue, 27 May 2014 10:49:50 -0700
Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Lovie Smith said WR Vincent Jackson (hamstring) is improving. Smith said the team will take their time with getting him back to full strength.
Tue, 27 May 2014 10:38:08 -0700
Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Lovie Smith praised WR Chris Owusu, saying he has looked good all offseason. "He's been pretty good since Day one," Smith said.
Tue, 20 May 2014 12:13:19 -0700
Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Lovie Smith said here have been no decisions made on who will win the starting jobs at offensive guard. Smith said the battle will go on likely through training camp and beyond.
Tue, 20 May 2014 09:56:02 -0700
Tampa Bay Buccaneers CB Mike Jenkins (undisclosed) suffered an injury in practice Tuesday, May 20. Head coach Lovie Smith said it was not muscular and not believed to be serious. Smith said Jenkins is expected to be back on the field soon.
Tue, 20 May 2014 09:51:54 -0700
Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Mike Glennon said head coach Lovie Smith called him twice during the draft to assure him that reports of trade rumors were false.
Fri, 02 May 2014 12:27:47 -0700
Tampa Bay Buccaneers offensive coordinator Jeff Tedford was recommended to head coach Lovie Smith by Green Bay Packers QB Aaron Rodgers before Smith was hired by the Buccaneers. The two met in Chicago in November 2013 to discuss offensive philosophies. Tedford was fired in 2012 after 11 years coaching at the University of California-Berkeley.
Tue, 29 Apr 2014 10:12:02 -0700
Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Lovie Smith said the team's final NFL Draft board is not set and they continue to evaluate their options.
Tue, 08 Apr 2014 10:44:11 -0700
Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Mike Glennon said head coach Lovie Smith told him the best players will play, and that includes the quarterback position.
Sat, 29 Mar 2014 23:39:15 -0700
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers may try to move up from the seventh pick in the NFL Draft in May. Coach Lovie Smith and general manager Jason Licht have explored the possibility, but Smith said the team may also move down in the draft if they get the right trade offer.
Sat, 29 Mar 2014 06:47:07 -0700
Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Lovie Smith likes Texas A&M QB Johnny Manziel. "Johnny had a good workout," Smith said. "You know, the same way he's played throughout his college career. He's a great football player. He almost had a flawless workout. And I know it's choreographed and all that. But he had to complete passes, and he was sharp."
Wed, 26 Mar 2014 14:58:14 -0700
Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Lovie Smith said he wants to get RB Jeff Demps in space. "I said 'I've never had a chance to coach the fastest guy in the NFL,'" Smith said. "He loves track, but he considers himself a football player. He's anxious to get started with whatever position we ask him to play, whether it's running back, receiver, returning kicks."
Wed, 26 Mar 2014 14:52:50 -0700
Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Lovie Smith will attend Texas A&M QB Johnny Manziel's pro day Thursday, March 27. "I had time to watch quite a few games, had a chance to watch him a lot," Smith said. "To be able to talk to people that you trust that know each player, you use every tool you can to make an evaluation, not just on that player but all players. I want to see how he handles a different environment. He's played in front of big crowds, but he hasn't had to perform on one day like ... this is a big day for him coming up."
Tue, 25 Mar 2014 11:06:15 -0700
Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Lovie Smith said the information he has in the stabbing of WR Mike Williams points to Williams being the victim in the incident.
Wed, 12 Mar 2014 14:38:00 -0700
Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Lovie Smith said the signing of QB Josh McCown does not rule out the team taking a quarterback in the draft, even with their first round pick.
Wed, 12 Mar 2014 14:13:12 -0700
Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Lovie Smith said that QB Josh McCown is his quarterback moving forward.
Fantasy Tip: With McCown named the starter, he does have some low-end QB1 value in the right situations, but should only be used as a spot starter based on match ups or a bye-week fill in at this point.
Wed, 12 Mar 2014 13:39:50 -0700
Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Lovie Smith assured DE Michael Johnson he will play right defensive end in Tampa.
Wed, 12 Mar 2014 13:28:47 -0700
Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Lovie Smith said the team is not done adding players.
Tue, 04 Mar 2014 11:26:14 -0800
It is unlikely there will be a reunion between Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Lovie Smith and impending free agent WR Devin Hester (Bears), in the opinion of Ian Rapaport of NFL Network.
Thu, 20 Feb 2014 10:21:53 -0800
Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Lovie Smith said he has always believed you need more than one good running back. Smith said RB Doug Martin (shoulder) can carry the load but you need more. Smith said Martin's rehab is going well.
Thu, 20 Feb 2014 10:10:16 -0800
Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Lovie Smith said the team is disappointed in some of the off field issues and the team will not put up with them moving forward. "We're disappointed in some of the off field issues," Smith said. "We won't put up with it, it's a simple as that."
Fri, 31 Jan 2014 10:11:26 -0800
Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Lovie Smith said OG Carl Nicks (foot) has made some progress in recovering from a foot injury. "I have had a chance to talk with Carl, he's excited about the upcoming season," Smith said. "His rehab is going well. He's one of the guys that's through here by daily, is working out getting ready to go. Carl has been a dominant football player in the league for a while and we've got to get him back out on the football field and that's what we're trying to do."
Fri, 31 Jan 2014 10:10:26 -0800
Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Lovie Smith invited retired LB Brian Urlacher to visit training camp. "Brian is a family member for life," Smith said. "I've had the privilege to be around a lot of great players, any great player I've been around is always welcome wherever I am. We're trying to build something here football-wise, and I'm going to call on the Brian Urlachers of the world, and of course all our former Bucs around here. Derrick Brooks will tell you I've been in his ear quite a bit, got a chance to text with John Lynch yesterday... anytime you can have players around your current roster that have been through our system and know what it takes, it's a good thing. I will always be inviting any old player that I've been around."
Fri, 24 Jan 2014 11:06:23 -0800
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers added Mike Phair as the assistant defensive line coach and Carlos Polk as the as the assistant special teams coach Friday, Jan. 24, to complete head coach Lovie Smith's staff.
Tue, 21 Jan 2014 11:08:36 -0800
Updating a previous report, Tampa Bay Buccaneers general manager Jason Licht is signing a four-year contract with a team option that will put his tenure in line with head coach Lovie Smith.
Tue, 07 Jan 2014 12:28:01 -0800
Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier being on head coach's Lovie Smith's staff could help land DE Jared Allen if the Minnesota Vikings let him hit free agency, in the opinion of Ira Kauffman of the Tampa Tribune.
Mon, 06 Jan 2014 11:22:27 -0800
Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Lovie Smith said the team will evaluate the roster once a GM is hired. The Team will add through the draft and free agency.
Mon, 06 Jan 2014 11:19:28 -0800
Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Lovie Smith said he spent a lot of time during the season thinking about who he would put on his staff and hopes to have it completed soon.