NFL NEWS: Lovie Smith
Much was the case when Smith was Chicago Bears head coach with Ron Turner (2005-2009), Mike Martz (2010-2011) and Mike Tice (2012). Now Smith has already gone through Jeff Tedford (2014) to Dirk Koetter (2015) with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
When you look at who else had trouble with offense, look at his predecessor who first gave him his first opportunity in the league in 1996 in Tony Dungy.
When you look at Dungys record, he hired Mike Shula (1996-1999), Les Steckel (2000) and Clyde Christensen (2001) before being fired from the Buccaneers.
By the Numbers
Heres a look Lovie Smiths numbers with the Bears and the Bucs.
|Lovie Smiths Offenses|
|Bears (Super Bowl)||2006||15th||Ron Turner|
|Buccaneers||2014||30th||Jeff Tedford/Marcus Arroyo|
Lets look at Tony Dungys offenses with the Bucs.
|Tony Dungys Bucs Offenses|
Of the two, Smith is the one with an offense beyond the 20th ranking for one year, the one he made the Super Bowl. Dungy, who inherited offensive coordinator Tom Moore and quarterback Peyton Manning as head coach of the Indianapolis Colts, was his opponent in Super Bowl XLI. The Colts defeated the Bears, 29-17.
So to the fans who long for the successes of Dungy, you kind of got the “sequel” in Smith. Sure Dungy was 6-10 his first year with the team and Smith was 2-14 in his first year, but many outlets already discussed his firing just in his first year.
Would Dungy have gotten this his first year if 1996 were suddenly 2014? Perhaps current media culture helped fester this bile toward Smith. Fact is, Dungy started a culture of winning the Bay Area hasnt seen in since John McKaymuch like Smith is trying to do right now.
Perhaps going through the golden age of the Bucs through Dungy and Gruden has spoiled this area and theres nothing wrong to expect better, but I think with the history of losing this area has had in professional sports, youd have a more humble base.