Lovie Smith Has No One To Blame But Himself

It’s hard to make sense of the Buccaneers struggles. Sure you can pin it on the obvious: A bad offensive line, a defense that had no business being on the same field as their opponents through the first six weeks, bad decisions from their quarterback, etc. But there is one person that should be looking at themselves long and hard in the mirror and that’s head coach Lovie Smith.

It’s hard to make sense of the Buccaneers struggles. Sure you can pin it on the obvious: A bad offensive line, a defense that had no business being on the same field as their opponents through the first six weeks, bad decisions from their quarterback, etc. But there is one person that should be looking at themselves long and hard in the mirror and that’s head coach Lovie Smith.

Following Sunday’s loss to the Green Bay Packers, Smith said something that no one should disagree with when asked if an experienced offensive coordinator would have made a difference this season.

“Well yeah, but we have an experienced staff, I’m just not going to blame it on that,” Smith said. “The plays that we call, executed right, they can work. We can be second-guessed on everything. We did have a coordinator in place this year and we haven’t had a lot of offensive production. So we’re easy targets for that.”

That entire comment is true. They do have an experienced staff. The plays aren’t being executed correctly. They are easy targets for their lack of production due to their original coordinator bailing on them.

But who does all that circle back to? Head coach Lovie Smith.

Smith brought in the quarterback that is unproductive. He dismantled the offensive line and built it to be his own. He hired the staff members who collectively call plays for the offense. He did all that. Smith brought in the staff and players that can not execute one single play on Sundays.

There have been several times this season where Smith has put losses on himself and on his coaches. With a 2-13 record, the entire season should fall on him. This was the team he built. This was the team he said was ready to win football games.

Time for Smith to look at himself and do some re-evaluating.

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