Lovie Smith's first 100 days as head coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers included a little bit of everything. Team building, mini-camps, personnel evaluation, setting the course with the media and the fan base, and a little bit of time to soak it all in with the family.
Much like a presidential administration, a head coach's first 100 days set the path on which the rest of his tenure will follow. Bucs' writer Scott Smith was alongside Smith for every step of his first 100 days. And by every step, I mean every single step. His piece on Buccaneers.com, broken into 22 chapters, will consume your entire day. But there's enough hear that breaking into bite-sized chunks will enlighten readers into the life of an NFL head coach. As the story opens, Smith is recalling on one of his days between jobs, serving as grandson Jackson's caregiver for the day. Then, he's in a team meeting, staring at the clock on the wall so he can start his team meeting at preciesly 8:00:00, and because anyone arriving at 8:00:01 is late. And next, he's flying his entire family into Tampa for the introductory press conference, and closing the day by sneaking into his office at 10 p.m. to watch film.
It's an in-house piece, so lines of self-assured optimism like this are to be expected: "By targeting Smith, however, the Buccaneers did something more than make a change for change’s sake. In one fell swoop – in one inspired hire that was lauded across the national media platform – the Buccaneers harkened back to the success of their past and ensured an atmosphere of stability and trust."
Overall, the Buccaneers have produced a massive library of content for what it's take control of an NFL organization - and all that entails.
Don't try to read it all in one sitting, again, it would consume your entire day, but bookmark it and read it one chapter at a time.
Oh, and the photos are great.