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NFL: TB Buccaneers Close to Hiring Lovie Smith as Head Coach
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NFL: TB Buccaneers Close to Hiring Lovie Smith as Head Coach

Jan 1 2014, 9:03pm CST | by

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are on the verge of hiring former Chicago Bears head coach Lovie Smith, per multiple reports.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are close to hiring former Chicago Bears head coach Lovie Smith.  NFL.com's Kevin Patra wrote a Jan. 1 update about the development, citing his colleague, NFL Media Insider...

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NFL: TB Buccaneers Close to Hiring Lovie Smith as Head Coach

Jan 1 2014, 9:03pm CST | by

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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are on the verge of hiring former Chicago Bears head coach Lovie Smith, per multiple reports.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are close to hiring former Chicago Bears head coach Lovie Smith

NFL.com's Kevin Patra wrote a Jan. 1 update about the development, citing his colleague, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport: 

"Lovie Smith will be the new coach in Tampa, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Wednesday, according to a source. The sides are finalizing a deal

"Smith, the former Chicago Bears coach, was the leading candidate from the start of the Bucs' search. He will return to the team where he was the linebackers coach from 1996 to 2000. 

"League executives informed of the Bucs' process told Rapoport earlier this week that there was talk of brining together the old Tampa Bay group, including former Bears general manager Jerry Angelo, former Seahawks general manager Tim Ruskell and others." 

Rick Stroud of The Tampa Bay Times, who covers the Buccaneers, supports Patra's statement regarding team management's stand on Smith being its No. 1 choice.

Stroud argues Smith's familiarity with Tampa Bay ownership, the Buccaneers' talent (especially on defense with stalwarts such as Gerald McCoy, Lavonte David and Darrelle Revis), the team being $10 million under the salary cap and first-class training facilities all seem to make the former Bears mentor a natural fit

On the other hand, ESPN reported on Jan. 1 that Smith is getting a four-year deal, with an option for a fifth year, citing league sources. His salary is believed to be "in excess of $5 million a year," the update goes on to say.  

The same ESPN update also states he met with the team owners, the Glazer family, on Tuesday. The meeting ultimately resulted in a job offer on the same day. Smith will also tap former California Golden Bears head coach Jeff Tedford as his offensive coordinator. 

The Tampa Bay Times writer also had a conversation with football analyst and former Buccaneers and Indianapolis Colts head coach Tony Dungy -- a good friend of Smith -- regarding the impending coaching hire. 

Dungy pulled no punches in vouching for Smith. 

"I think he knows the lay of the land in the organization, No. 1. He's been there and knows how this thing really developed and how it got going well. I also think he could bring some of that back. 

"They've got talented people in place, and the one thing he had in Chicago -- if you talk to all those players -- was that loyalty factor and guys wanting to play for him. I think that's what he would bring and kind of bring this group together.

"There are a lot of people that would like to work for him. I would guess the whole key will be who they want to get as GM and the whole kind of structure they have and how they move forward."

News of Smith taking over the helm in Tampa Bay broke out after the team dismissed former head coach Greg Schiano and general manager Mark Dominik on Dec. 30 after a 4-12 season, per Yahoo! Sports' Anwar S. Richardson. Schiano had three years left on his five-year, $15 million contract with the Buccaneers. 

He finished 11-21 in his two-year tenure, according to ESPN. 

On the other hand, Smith went 81-63 (.563) during his nine-year stint as Bears head coach from 2004 to 2012, as noted by Pro-Football-Reference.com. 

 
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Josh McCown could miss 'several weeks' with thumb injury, per report

Sep 19 2014 7:53pm CDT | Source: SBNation

Josh McCown's hand injury could be more serious than initially thought. Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Josh McCown has an injury to his throwing hand which could force him to miss "several weeks," according to Alex Marvez of FOX Sports. McCown injured his right thumb against the NFC South rival Atlanta Falcons on Thursday Night Football and had to leave the game. He had an MRI on Friday. McCown will undergo further testing, according ...
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Lovie's QB depth chart: 'Josh is our starter' - Josh McCown | TB

Sep 19 2014 2:35pm CDT | Source: Rotoworld.com

Coach Lovie Smith stated Friday that Josh McCown remains the Buccaneers' starting quarterback when ...
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Josh McCown getting MRI, but will still start when he’s healthy

Sep 19 2014 1:42pm CDT | Source: ProFootballTalk

Josh McCown hasn’t played very well, and now he’s hurt. But when he’s well, he’s still the Buccaneers starter. That’s what Bucs coach Lovie Smith said today, via Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times. McCown is getting an MRI on his injured thumb, which he injured in last night’s drubbing at the hands of ...
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Bobby Rainey's Poor Week 3 Performance Makes Doug Martin Better Fantasy Asset

Sep 19 2014 11:51am CDT | Source: Bleacher Report

Fantasy football pundits sang the praises of Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Bobby Rainey after a strong Week 2 showing, but his Week 3 performance made it clear that he can't be relied upon on a weekly basis. The Bucs were embarrassed by the Atlanta Falcons on Thursday night in the form of a 56-14 shellacking. Many players must shoulder the blame for the one-sided defeat, but Rainey is near the top o ...
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Bobby Rainey salvages fantasy stats in garbage time in Week 3

Sep 19 2014 6:20am CDT | Source: SBNation

Despite fumbling twice, Rainey still managed to post over 100 total yards in Week 3. We break down the fantasy implications. With Doug Martin out for Week 3, Bobby Rainey took over the starting duties for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Rainey rushed for 41 yards on 11 carries and caught seven passes for a team-high 64 yards against the Atlanta Falcons on Thursday night. Rainey fumbled twice on the night, and was initially punished as Lovie Smith put b ...
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Despite Loss, Mike Glennon Provided Spark for Bucs, Should Start Moving Forward

Sep 19 2014 12:09am CDT | Source: Bleacher Report

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will probably have to look long and hard to glean any significant positives from Thursday night's 56-14 loss to the Atlanta Falcons. The offense was out of sync, the defense showed the resistance of a memory foam mattress and the special teams unit was forced to watch as Atlanta return man Devin Hester set a new all-time NFL record for return touchdowns. All told, it was a disappointing perf ...
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Falcons, Buccaneers Thursday-Night Blowout by the Numbers

Sep 19 2014 12:09am CDT | Source: Bleacher Report

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers couldn't get off the field soon enough in their 56-14 blowout loss to the Atlanta Falcons on Thursday night, but unfortunately for them, the end came painfully slow. Through four agonizing quarters, the Falcons continued to break franchise and league records, while the Bucs just tried to hold on for the ride. A three-yard Vincent Jackson touchdown catch and Danny Lansanah 27-yard pic ...
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Devin Hester Enjoying Renaissance as Explosive Weapon Falcons Have Been Missing

Sep 19 2014 12:02am CDT | Source: Bleacher Report

At 31 years old, Devin Hester was released by the Chicago Bears, the team that drafted him with the 57th pick in the 2006 NFL draft, leaving his future in question. When the Atlanta Falcons signed him on March 20, ESPN.com's Vaughn McClure reported that the Falcons planned to use him in "creative ways." That creativity, so apparent in Dirk Koetter's play-calling, has sparked a renaissance in Hester's career. Now in his ninth season, he's on pace t ...
Source: Bleacher Report  Full article at: Bleacher Report
 

 
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Lovie Smith Deserves to Be Vilified After Embarrassing Loss to Falcons

Sep 18 2014 11:27pm CDT | Source: Bleacher Report

Everything old is new again for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.  Lovie Smith was hired as the Buccaneers head coach to change a losing culture. Smith has done the opposite since Week 1. A humiliating 56-14 loss to the Atlanta Falcons Thursday night magnified what has been a poor coaching effort from Smith and his staff.  The Buccaneers have been ill-prepared for the start of this season, and it was never more evident than Thursday night.  In the previous six ...
Source: Bleacher Report  Full article at: Bleacher Report
 

 
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Buccaneers Must End Bobby Rainey Experiment, Bring Back Doug Martin as Bell Cow

Sep 18 2014 11:24pm CDT | Source: Bleacher Report

Nothing went right for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during their humiliating 56-14 loss to the Atlanta Falcons on Thursday Night Football. Their defense couldn't get a stop, special teams was a complete disaster and their running game without Doug Martin was repugnant when it mattered the most. Martin being out for a second week in a row opened the door for third-year man Bobby Rainey to stake his claim. Against the St. Louis Rams in Week 2, Rainey took the ...
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