TAMPA, Fla. -- The world of NFL coaches can be filled with paranoia. That's not the case with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' Lovie Smith.
For at least the second time in the last two weeks, former Buccaneers coach Tony Dungy attended practice during Wednesday's minicamp.
That wouldn't fly with a lot of coaches (and, yes, Greg Schiano is one of them) because many would feel like they have someone looking over their shoulder. Salute Smith for being secure and for remembering where he came from. Dungy hired Smith as the linebackers coach when he got the Tampa Bay job in 1996.
"When you have a mentor like that and a football mind like that then why wouldn't you want him to be around as much as possible?" Smith asked. "When I first got here, it went without saying 'Tony, we want you out here as much as possible. Show up. You don't have to tell us when you're coming. Just show up and get that football fix that I think all coaches need when they're away from it.' "
Dungy stood on the sidelines and, at times, was seen chatting with players.
"[Cornerback] D.J. Moore was picking Tony's brain," Smith said. "It's special for our guys to have a guy like that around."
It should be special. Dungy was the man who turned the Bucs into a consistent playoff contender after years as a laughingstock. He's one of the classiest people to ever pass through the NFL. It's nothing but a good thing to have Dungy present at One Buc Place from time to time.
A few other notes from Wednesday's practice:
Patrick Omameh continued to work with the first team at right guard and rookie Kadeem Edwards worked at left guard. Edwards is a fill-in for the injured Carl Nicks. But Omameh appears to have a chance to be a starter. If Omameh and Edwards are working as the starting guards, you have to wonder what the Bucs think of veterans Jamon Meredith and O'Neil Cousins.
The defense dominated this practice. That was the trademark of Smith's teams in Chicago and it certainly is a positive that the defense is off to a good start. But the downside is that the offense wasn't very sharp.
Cornerback Rashaan Melvin was the star of the day. He intercepted two passes, including a leaping grab in the two-minute drill.