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Thursday, June 12, 2014
Lovie Smith doesn't mind Edwards' prediction

By Pat Yasinskas

ESPN analyst Herm Edwards caused a bit of a stir recently when he picked the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to play in the Super Bowl this season.

A lot of coaches are superstitious and don’t like to hear grand predictions for their team. But Tampa Bay coach Lovie Smith is different. Smith, who worked with Edwards on Tampa Bay’s staff in the 1990s, doesn’t mind having expectations thrust upon his team.

“People have told me Herm said that,’’ Smith said. “I didn’t hear it, I don’t watch a whole lot of TV and read the papers an awful lot, but I would be excited about this team also if I was an announcer. Herm knows football, so if Herman Edwards says something, he’s not just throwing out stuff without having something to back it up with.”

I think it’s a healthy approach that Smith didn’t bristle at Edwards’ prediction. It’s becoming obvious that Smith has high expectations. He’s not simply looking to improve on last year’s 4-12 record. He’s looking to contend for the playoffs – maybe even the Super Bowl – in his first season in Tampa Bay.