There is a love-fest growing for Lovie, but don't be so sure he is the Bucs next head coach

January 1, 2014 

TAMPA -- You are a Bucs fan.

Visions of Johnny Football, Lovie and the Wizard of Whisenhunt are dancing through your head.

Drunk with optimism, you believe the Bucs moved their headquarters to the Vatican.

Isn't that white smoke bellowing out One Buc Place to announce the Bucs have found a franchise quarterback?

Sorry, Josh Freeman has not been reborn.

Those who do not reside on the West Coast of Florida cannot understand such folly.

They haven't mortgaged their wives and children in a secret pact with the under-earthlings to bring one more Super Bowl to town.

Don't want to spoil your fun, but it's time to get serious.

The Glazer brothers who run the team are trying to get it right.

Are they capable?

Best chance for success: Hire a GM and get out of his way.

There are qualified people like John McKay and other former Buc front office types such as Jerry Angelo (former Chicago GM) and Tim Ruskell to name a few.

Lovie Smith is the hottest head coach commodity. Everybody seems to love Lovie.

Angelo hired Smith at Chicago. They were together until both were fired.

Lovie is expected to be first head coach candidate interviewed by the Bucs. He is the front runner.

But don't be so sure.

You have to think like the Glazers and that is harder than trying to explain the theory of randomized algorithms.

The Glazers have been known to throw up smoke screens so don't believe what you read. Don't' forget those self proclaimed national insiders that re

ported Schiano's job was safe when last Sunday began.

Lovie is a defensive guy and given the state of the Bucs moribund offense he makes you a little squeamish.

He has put the world out that any job he gets will include Jeff Tedford as his offensive coordinator, which doesn't ease your worries.

The former University of California head coach (2002-'12), Tedford is given credit for developing Aaron Rodgers.

The problem is that he has no NFL experience. Didn't we just do this?

Nearly all the other quarterbacks he tutored in college were busts.

And you thought this was easy.

In nine years as the Bears head coach Lovie took Chicago to three playoff berths, two NFC title game and one Super Bowl appearance. He was fired after the Bears failed to the playoffs in 2012 despite going 10-6.

He is a risk, but so is every candidate.

He has the endorsement of Tony Dungy, the real Mayor of Tampa.

Expect the Bucs to act quickly, but let's hope not recklessly. They waited too long the last time, were jilted by Chip Kelly and wound up with you know who.

Andy Reid proved you don't need to shy away from fired head coaches, which should put recently axed Houston coach Gary Kubiak into play. .

Some of the best candidates are not allowed to interview because their teams are in the playoffs in a rule that makes it seem the NCAA is running the NFL.

Ken Whisenhunt, current San Diego offensive coordinator, is in that group.

He took the Arizona Cardinals to their only Super Bowl Appearance in 2008. He is considered an offensive guru, but knows a thing or two about defense.

He drafted Lakewood Ranch product Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and it was during his time under Whisenhunt that the cornerback flourished earning Pro Bowl honors.

During his three years as offensive coordinator for Pittsburgh, the Steelers went to two Super Bowls winning one and ranked among the top 12 teams in points scored each season.

He has warts. In his last year at Arizona in 2012 his offense ranked last.

If you are a fan here is a piece of advice.

Save your energy. Go to sleep burn all your communication devices and wait till this is over.

It will happen fairly quickly and you can be assured this hire will be better than the last two.

Alan Dell, Herald sports writer, can be reached at 941-745-7056. Follow him on Twitter at @ADellSports.

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