Buc players react to Lovie Smith's introduction as Bucs coach:
"I'm excited about getting to meet Coach Smith, and I've heard nothing but good things about him. Obviously he has a great track record in the NFL, so I think it's a great hire. He knows how to win, has a great mind for defenses, and I've also heard he's a great person."
— QB Mike Glennon
"You can learn something from every coach, every player, but it seems like Lovie has this relationship with his players and coaches that leaves a big impact on people. … I feel, with his experience, his great leadership, I see a route that he could take his Tampa Bay team, and he can put something out on the field that could be very exciting for everybody."
— OG Davin Joseph
"I'm sure this organization will have a lot of confidence in what Coach Smith can do and what he can bring to this team. I'm excited to get back on the field. It's been a long time since the injury in Atlanta and it's given me a lot of time to get better with my game, both physically and mentally, so it's going to be a good year."
— RB Doug Martin
"He's the first guy I wanted to get, and I'm excited that it came true. I've heard a lot of great things from guys throughout the league. I even had some guys that have played for him text me after they found out, telling me how good of a coach he is and how much he will help our team, how much he'll improve our team."
— OT Donald Penn
"I don't think they could've chosen a better guy. Not just him as a coach, but as a person. How he treats his players, and just being a players' coach and his whole philosophy, he's changed a lot of people's lives. … This past season didn't end the way we wanted, but I'm a competitor so it's really exciting to get back to it. … A defensive-minded coach, I'm a defensive player — I think it's going to be awesome."
— DT Gerald McCoy
Greg Auman, Times staff writer