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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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Rookie running back Charles Sims is making waves in Tampa Bay Buccaneers camp, but the West Virginia product now finds himself on the shelf due to injury.    According to Scott Smith of Buccaneers.com, Sims did something to his ankle during Tuesday's practice: On Thursday, Sims was seen wearing a walking boot, per Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times: Although that doesn't necessarily point toward Sims missing a significant amount of time, Auman speculates that it ...
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Doug Martin will likely give up a few carries to other running backs this year. We break down the fantasy implications. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers plan on spelling running back Doug Martin to keep him fresh, according to Pat Yasinskas of ESPN. Martin was a very productive back in 2012 and looked solid before sustaining an injury in 2013, causing him to appear in just six games. But Martin's 2012 season also saw him carry the ball 319 ...
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Jags’ Bortles shows promise in win against Bucs

Aug 8 2014 10:13pm CDT | Source: Sportsnet.ca

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Jags’ Bortles shows promise in win against Bucs

Aug 8 2014 10:13pm CDT | Source: Sportsnet.ca

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Blake Bortles was solid in his preseason debut, throwing for 117 yards and leading a second-half drive for a field goal to help the Jacksonville Jaguars beat the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 16-10 on Friday night. The third overall pick in this year’s draft completed 7 of 11 passes, including a 31-yarder down the middle of the field to Mike Brown to set up a 26-yard field goal that gave the Jaguars a 10-3 lead late in the third q ...
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