Wednesday, January 29, 2014
How the Buccaneers handle trash talking
By Pat Yasinskas
TAMPA, Fla. -- The Tampa Bay Buccaneers haven’t been a team known for trash talking since the days of Warren Sapp and Keyshawn Johnson.
That is not likely to change now that Lovie Smith has taken over as head coach. Smith’s philosophy on trash talking is best summarized by one incident that took place when he was coaching the Chicago Bears.
Chicago receiver Brandon Marshall made some noise about how the Green Bay Packers couldn’t cover him one-on-one. Smith’s reaction came in one concise sentence.
“Talking doesn’t get a lot done," Smith said at the time.
It shouldn’t be hard for Smith’s philosophy to be adapted by the Bucs. In recent years, they haven’t been big talkers. Guys like Darrelle Revis and Dashon Goldson play with a swagger. They also can be quite engaging with the media, but they usually stop well short of anything that would qualify as trash talk.