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Lovie Smith: Mike Williams’ pattern of behavior is disturbing


Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Williams hasn’t made a positive first impression on head coach Lovie Smith.

Williams faces trespassing and criminal mischief charges after an incident in December and Rick Stroud and Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times report that Williams’ house in Tampa was a frequent source of 911 calls because of loud parties. That was settled when Williams agreed to pay more than $43,000 in damages and acknowledged that he “continuously refused to abide by the terms” of his lease.

There was a lawsuit filed in December because Williams hadn’t paid, but the report indicates that it has been amended to include a “notice of confidential rule” that likely means a settlement has been reached. Stroud and Auman also report that Williams has picked up 16 traffic citations since 2010, including a DUI charge that was later dropped.

Smith said Thursday that he’s not happy about what Williams has been up to.

“There’s a pattern here and it’s disturbing. No one is bigger than this football team. He has to understand that,” Smith said. “Have I been disappointed in Mike Williams? Of course. There’s a standard. We’re just not going to put up with it, no matter who it is. You have to be good on the field and off the field. Simple as that. And if you’re not doing what you need to do one or the other, you have problems and that’s where Mike has to take care of a few things.”

Williams missed the final 10 games of last season with a hamstring injury and signed a six-year, $40.25 million contract during the summer. There’s guaranteed money left on the deal, but Smith’s words suggest it’s far from a guarantee that Williams sees the rest of it.

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30 Responses to “Lovie Smith: Mike Williams’ pattern of behavior is disturbing”
  1. rgiii2dc says: Feb 20, 2014 6:38 PM

    Solid response. Set the standard from Day One.

  2. thestrategyexpert says: Feb 20, 2014 6:42 PM

    He opted not to go with the perfunctory presser process and just told it how it is. Thanks for making things clear and saying something substantive.

  3. buccaneerjeremy says: Feb 20, 2014 6:44 PM

    As much as I find his talent above average when on the field, I love the attitude which Lovie is showing . No one is above the overall team, Get rid of the trouble makers & build a team with people who can actually be mature.

    Why am I not surprised by the way the Ravens aren’t taking at the very least the same approach to a certain running back right now? Oh yeah we have to get all the facts first…..

  4. revren10 says: Feb 20, 2014 6:45 PM

    This is what happens when you hand someone to much money who’s not mature enough

  5. thethunderofgunns says: Feb 20, 2014 6:46 PM

    Wait. Wasn’t it the liberals who preached to others during the Clinton presidency that it didn’t matter about your personal life (insert Monica Lewinsky here) as long as you did your job well? What changed??????

    Mike Williams should be prez!!!

  6. kwjsb says: Feb 20, 2014 6:55 PM

    Get him Lovie, Accountability is what the NFL needs.

  7. bears0492 says: Feb 20, 2014 6:58 PM

    As a Bears fan, let me tell you Bucs fans that you are going to love this about Lovie. He will hold his players accountable and soon enough they will begin to hold themselves accountable because of the pure respect they will have for him (especially after playing for someone like Schiano).

    He’s the kind of coach that won’t lose respect for calling out his players because he does it so rarely – and never without a valid reason.

  8. bears0492 says: Feb 20, 2014 6:59 PM

    I miss the way our defense played under Lovie (even if he could never figure out offense….at all)

  9. clownsfan says: Feb 20, 2014 7:05 PM

    That’s a football coach.

  10. realfootballfan says: Feb 20, 2014 7:10 PM

    The guy who got kicked off his college team is a knucklehead? No way.

  11. bert1913 says: Feb 20, 2014 7:21 PM

    some nfl players need structure in their lives

  12. bennyb82 says: Feb 20, 2014 7:25 PM

    16 traffic citations is a lot…

  13. tharoostah says: Feb 20, 2014 7:32 PM

    Lovie Smith coached teams are where receivers go to die.

  14. ✦ Pittsburgh is the City of Champions ✦ says: Feb 20, 2014 7:35 PM

    He’s been taking notes from the Steelers.

  15. alshonbrandontandem says: Feb 20, 2014 7:36 PM

    I am soooo glad Lovie is no longer our coach

  16. epack13sb says: Feb 20, 2014 7:37 PM

    Lovie Smith is a class act!

  17. letsberealpeople says: Feb 20, 2014 7:42 PM

    The unfortunate part is Lovie is managed by the same front office that gave Mike Williams the $40m contract, knowing full well what is behavior patterns have been. Yikes. Hopefully the front office falls into line behind Lovie, but it doesn’t sound like they have the same strength of character.

  18. craniator says: Feb 20, 2014 7:47 PM

    “Rex Grossman is our quarterback . . .”

  19. buccaboo says: Feb 20, 2014 7:48 PM

    Sammy Watkins time

  20. painsyndicate says: Feb 20, 2014 8:03 PM

    The second most unsurprising story of 2014.

    Sad but expected.

  21. henryjones20 says: Feb 20, 2014 8:16 PM

    known gang member while living in buffalo. GYC (goodyear Crip). oh well

  22. mitybuc says: Feb 20, 2014 9:35 PM

    Liked the guys ability in season one.

    Don’t think he realizes where he is tho.

    Maybe a change of scenery….

  23. 2dmo4 says: Feb 20, 2014 10:13 PM

    Dude will be broke in a few years.

  24. GBwomenrhot says: Feb 20, 2014 10:18 PM

    The best thing about Lovie, if it’s not on the Defensive side of the ball he won’t play favorites….

  25. ronin36 says: Feb 20, 2014 10:35 PM

    Tampa Bay might have just gotten a very good coach. They may not win a lot, but they’ll play hard and clean.

    Lovie’s downfall in Chicago was he didn’t pay enough attention (and resources) to the offensive side of the ball. His last couple years, he couldn’t attract a OC worth spit, so he was doomed.

    For the sake of TB fans, I hope he’s learned a little, and the offensive side of the ball will get the same kind of attention as the defensive side.

  26. dontcensormebro says: Feb 21, 2014 12:11 AM

    Surprising to hear Lovie talk like this. When he was with the Bears, he basically covered for Lance Briggs’ drunken Lamborghini smash up.

  27. mmacify says: Feb 21, 2014 12:11 AM

    His behavior may be disturbing, but if TB had talked to anyone in Buffalo (HS) or Syracuse they certainly wouldn’t find it surprising. There is a reason why someone rated as a 1st or 2nd round talent was available in the 4th. Guess what happens when you give someone who has always had character problems millions of dollars?

  28. tjbucs says: Feb 21, 2014 1:50 AM

    I say NUKE HIM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I see a lot of problems down the road with Mr. Williams. Trade him if you can. Maybe the Ravens or Bears would like him. After all they are the islands of misfit toys. Bucs do not need to waste time rehabbing problems.

  29. fishyinalittledishy says: Feb 21, 2014 3:29 AM

    We are going to get a lot of this when players step out of line and teams come out and remind them were there responsibilities lie. Fans are going to come on here and tell us what a great organisation they have after what has happened in Miami. Bull. There but for the grace of god go I springs to mind.

  30. jpat2424 says: Feb 21, 2014 10:04 AM

    Not a lovie smith fan. But love his comment

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