Hiring Lovie Smith was perhaps the best move that the Glazers made since hiring Tony Dungy. I was and I'm fully sold on the coaching change.
However, over the last 2-3 weeks some of the news I see on the links are either the creation of bored reporters to pass time during the off-season (or) are red flags that I see with Lovie and his staff.
- Darelle Revis - Revis was not at 100% last year and was still playing at a Probowl level. I can only imagine that with more off season to get stronger, Revis is going to be the closest to his best in this coming season. With this established, I really do not know why there is a such a lot of rumors about his trade to other teams. A health Revis' value cannot be just one or two first round picks. Draft picks are crapshoots - Revis is an established playmaker on the defense. I know that Lovie is defensive guru. You are an expert in something not because you do it the same way every time, but know how to use different resources to achieve the same result. If Lovie goes about establishing the same defense that the SB Tampa team had or the kinda defense Chicago had, I don't think it is going to work now (with all the game tapes other teams have watched). Lovie needs to come up with a different shut down defensive scheme that must include all the successful elements we now have - Lavonte, Revis, Barron, McCoy. If we just wanted someone to establish Tampa 2 again, heck, we could have just made Monte Kiffin the HC.
- QB - With the assumption that we are not in a position to hire the best QB talents (Bridgewater and Bortles), I hope all the talk about Bucs will consider QBs is a smoke and mirrors tactic to make other teams think about trading up/down. I think Glennon was bad last year. However he was bad not only because of his limited skill set, but because of a terrible O-line (which Lovie rightly pointed out), mediocre receivers and some very high school level play calling. Considering that Tedford is a QB guru and that he comes with a college offense mentality (where working with QBs with limited skill sets is often a necessity), I think it would be fair to give Glennon one more year to see if he is the solution. If not, we can trade up next year to pick someone like Mariotta (who has wisely chosen to be in school for one more year to improve his pocket presence and passing).
- Mike Williams - I think Williams is a nut job, as most good receivers are. All he needs is a dressing down of some sort to make it clear that one more incident like what he has had and he will be out for good. Instead of all these random trade rumors, I wish Lovie just dealt with this internally (which he already might have) and for Williams to just keep his off field activities on the down low. :)