BY: John Mamola /

One of the biggest critiques of new Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Lovie Smith is during his tenure in Chicago, the offensive side of the ball almost seemed non existent.  Only once in his nine years with the Bears did the offense rank in the top 20 in yards gained, while most of his tenure the Bears offense ranked 25th or worse.  One of the biggest offseason acquisitions during Lovie’s tenure in Chicago was wide receiver Muhsin Muhammad, who signed with the Bears following a career year with Carolina racking up 1,405 yards and 16 touchdowns.

Muhammad was a guest of WDAE’s ‘The Sports Page’ and discussed Lovie’s decision to come to Tampa Bay after taking a year off from the NFL.  Muhammad supports the decision to come back, but doesn’t understand why he took the year off in the first place.

“I think the world of Lovie” said Muhammad.  “I was actually surprised he stayed out of coaching as long as he did, but considering what he went through in Chicago I totally understand that he’d wanted a little bit of a break and rest away from the game.”

Muhammad played three seasons for Lovie Smith, never reaching that 1,000 yard plateau in a single season and catching 12 touchdowns total.  Muhammad reflected on the cool but direct personality of Smith during his time in the Windy City.

“Just cause the guy doesn’t curse doesn’t mean he’s not tough” said Muhammad.  “Lovie would walk into the meetings and when he was upset you absolutely knew about it.  If he said jiminy Christmas, you knew you were in trouble.  He is a very direct coach, and he is a players coach.”