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New DB coach Hoke has been to Lovie's office before

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Lovie Smith might not remember it, but Jon Hoke recalls first meeting him at Humble (Texas) High School outside of Houston.

Smith was working for Ohio State at the time and landed prized wide receiver David Boston for the Buckeyes. Hoke, who was hired Tuesday as the Bears' secondary coach, also recruited the Houston area at the time for Missouri.

The next stop in Hoke's career was at Florida, where he became defensive coordinator under Steve Spurrier and that is when he got to know Smith. Members of the Gators staff would occasionally travel to Tampa to visit the Buccaneers coaches.

"It's funny,'' Hoke said. "The majority of the time I was there I was sitting in Lovie's office.''

Hoke will have his own office down the hall from Smith now. He was let go by the Houston Texans after seven seasons there. He was a holdover from Dom Capers' original staff. Current coach Gary Kubiak retained him, in part, because Texans owner Bob McNair thought so highly of him but Hoke went out the door along with the defensive coordinator, defensive line coach and a strength and conditioning coach in a shakeup. Had Hoke not landed with the Bears, it's expected he would have had multiple jobs to consider.

He has never coached the Tampa Two scheme before but has watched it closely. The Bears made some changes in their technique in the secondary this past season after being beaten repeatedly on quick slants. They moved to playing less outside technique, which was allowing opposing receivers an easy path inside for quick catches. The defense got nickel-and-dimed up and down the field this way on more than one occasion, and eventually the corners shifted inside a little.

It will be interesting to see how the defense evolves this offseason and having not worked in the system before, Hoke will be able to provide a different perspective.

``I've just studied the [Tampa Two] and I'm anxious to learn it and see how it's taught,'' he said.

Hoke, who replaces Steve Wilks, declined to speak on Bears' personnel specifically because he has not worked with the players yet but said he likes the mix of veteran and young players he will have. It's expected that the team will look for an infusion of talent at safety.

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so theres your non-smith buddy non-cover2 position coach

are we done with the lovie only hires yes men and only his buddies thing?

By JustIncredible on January 13, 2009 6:58 PM
so theres your non-smith buddy non-cover2 position coach

are we done with the lovie only hires yes men and only his buddies thing?

Did you read this part?

"The next stop in Hoke's career was at Florida, where he became defensive coordinator under Steve Spurrier and that is when he got to know Smith. Members of the Gators staff would occasionally travel to Tampa to visit the Buccaneers coaches."


"It's funny,'' Hoke said. "The majority of the time I was there I was sitting in Lovie's office.''

He may not be cover 2 but he new him. Also the Bears were looking at bringing in Joe Barry, Tampa Bay Buc and Lovie fanboy. Plus Rods son in law. I think even Lovie new that would be pushing it.

As for Buddies he has lots of buddies on the team.

Lets see Jerry Angelo, Tampa 14 years

Lovie Smith Tampa

Bob Babich is the worst of the lot, he is not from Tampa he is from St. Louis were he met Lovie and fell in love, bet he wishes he had been in Tampa with Lovie though.

Remember fallguy Lloyd Lee, he was a scout from Tampa

Rod Marinelli best friend Tampa Bay Bucs.

Poor Ron Turner he must feel left out.

I'll tell you guys something, when the divisions realigned and the Bucs went south. Well the Bucs never left the Central/North. The Bears did, they went quietly into the night and Tampa got an expansion team in Chicago.

Your first clue that this is not a Chicago Bears football team. The name of our Defense is the Tampa Two. A warm weather indoor turn defense.

Your second is the fact that all Bears in personal have been chased out of Chicago or were never even invited in for an interview. Rivera, Carrier, Singletary, Ryan, Fisher, Fontenot, Frazier, Payton, Flaherty, Brooks, there are Bears out there we just don't hire them.

There not Da Bears, there Da Bucs.

Oh and for all the people who think Lovie is going to be calling the defense. Just remember what he said last year, i am going to be more hands on with the defense. Then there is also this, Lovie has been known to tell a fib or two, he may just be trying to take some pressure off himself and Babich for now.

Either way this has become a very interesting off season for the Tampa Bay Bears.


wow that was a completely ridiculous rant....the cover-2 didnt originate in tampa to begin with...its been around as long for 40 some yrs...long b4 the bucs even existed...

angelo hiring lovie isnt an example of lovie's "buddy system" he cant hire himself...

rod marinelli on top of being his friend is widely regarded as the best DL coach in football...if they had not been friends lovie would have tried to get him ANYWAY...

bob babich has been completely pants by evidence of him being a lame duck DC and being for all purposes demoted...id be pretty pissed if my friend hooked me up like that

and since when does being a former bear make you automatically qualified to be a coach...

but since it does...guess what? hoke played 10 games for the bears...so there you go...

and why bring up lee...HE JUST GOT FIRED lol

thats certainly a friend hooking it up for another buddy...

every teams head coach hires people who are familiar with their particular system...be it offense or defense...look at the texans...mangini is trying to grab his old coaches like they will expire...its a reality of the nfl not just the bears

dont be the old meatball that can see the forest from the trees...its not a good look

"Either way this has become a very interesting off season for the Tampa Bay Bears."

Lol, Creighton. Don't worry about JustIncredible. He's just trying to bait you. Shucks, he's probably the master at doing so.

Hoke was fired from Houston. Fired! Not hired away for a big contract... not compelled by working with talent the likes of manning and vasher. he was canned! and we brought him in to do the same job he got fired for doing poorly in texas. why are we hiring castoffs and lovie's former girlfeinds roomates brothers reatarded cousin? we should be seeking the best coaches at every postiion from all around the league, college, arena, and canada. our secondary sucks, and its not all coaching. we need some talent that's was drafted higher than 4th round and can stay healthy. tillman can stay but at safety. manning is great on kicks, he should not be playing defense....

i guess im still pissed that we didnt get a new d coordinator. lovie's scheme is the problem! whether its babich or lovie implementing the plays, its the theory that sucks. traditional cover 2 is a thing of the past. We need to mix up the attack up front, shift, angle, stunt, anything. and we need to cover receivers tight, bump at the line, shutdwon the slant and protect the first down yardage. ugh, our defense just blows... and i hate to say it again, the rivera years were great in chicago.

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