If Robert Southey, the originator of 'Goldilocks and the Three Bears', were here in the Bay area, he might paraphrase his famous tale.
Raheem Morris was too loose. Greg Schiano was too tight. But Lovie Smith is just right.
For too long, the pendulum at One Buc Place has swung wildly.
Jon Gruden no longer related to his players, so ownership brought in the friendly, approachable Morris.
Morris became too close to his players, more of a peer than a leader, so ownership moved to bring in a strict patrician in Schiano.
Both of these men are capable and good people, but neither one has the one quality this team badly needs: An even temperament.
Smith is the steady, steadfast influence this young team needs. No screaming, no threats, just constant reinforcement of the details, and the ability to follow through with consequences for those who do not adhere to the guiding principles.
Tony Dungy was sometimes ridiculed for his sideline decorum. I think the club has missed that type of disposition. I think Tony's old linebacker coach (Smith) will bring that back to Raymond James Stadium.
Robert Southey would be so very proud.
From Fox 13 photographer Jeff Tewksbury.
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