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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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Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Full Bucs Awards at Halfway Point of 2014 Season

Nov 4 2014 10:40pm CST | Source: Bleacher Report

It's hard to find silver linings for a 1-7 football team, but if you look hard enough, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers do indeed have a few bright spots despite their disappointing start to the 2014 season. A popular preseason pick to make a quick turnaround from basement-dwellers to playoff contenders—much like the 2013 Kansas City Chiefs—the Bucs have failed to live up to lofty expectations in their first year under head coach Lovie Smith. That said, there have been a number of positi ...
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Josh McCown to Start Week 10 for Buccaneers in Place of Mike Glennon

Nov 4 2014 6:16pm CST | Source: Bleacher Report

In a bit of a surprising move, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers will turn back to Josh McCown at quarterback against the Atlanta Falcons in Week 10.    Mike Glennon, who has started the last five games under center, confirmed the news, according to NFL.com's Ian Rapoport:As many were quick to point out, such as Sports Illustrated's Chris Burke and 4for4.com's John Paulsen, it's a perplexing decision ...
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Buccaneers bench Mike Glennon in favor of Josh McCown

Nov 4 2014 5:56pm CST | Source: SBNation

The Buccaneers will go back to Josh McCown as their starting quarterback in Week 10 against the Falcons. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will have a new starting quarterback for their Week 10 matchup against the Atlanta Falcons. Mike Glennon announced on his WDAE 620 AM/95.3 FM radio show that he had been told Josh McCown will start on Sunday. The move comes as no surprise, since coach Lovie Smith had hinted at a change under center earlier this week. McCown started the first three game ...
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NFL Midseason Film Study: What Have We Learned This Season?

Nov 4 2014 5:09pm CST | Source: Bleacher Report

Former NFL defensive back Matt Bowen breaks down some of the top trends, discusses personnel and focuses on scheme from the first half of the 2014 season   J.J. Watt Continues to Dominate the League If you want to study pro-level technique and effort, then turn on any Texans game from the first half of the season and just focus on Watt. We all know that Watt is talented. He’s an impact player—a defensive end who opp ...
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NFL Predictions Week 10: Early Odds, Picks and Projections for Upcoming Schedule

Nov 4 2014 10:00am CST | Source: Bleacher Report

Early-week underdogs in the NFL picks department can put bettors ahead in a major way. That is, if they can properly identify the surefire underdogs to bet before the lines dramatically shift as others throw coin down on the full slate. Funnily enough, it seems underdogs have been ripe for the picking this season, but actually being confident enough to roll against Seattle at home or Denver in general is quite rare. No, let's play a bit closer to the vest th ...
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Upon Further Review: Bucs-Browns

Nov 3 2014 7:23pm CST | Source: The Official Site of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Lovie Smith wasn’t looking to reveal any lineup decisions on a Monday, but he said the Bucs would start whichever QB gave them the best chance to win on Sunday...And other reactions to S ...
Source: The Official Site of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers   Full article at: The Official Site of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers
 

 
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Buccaneers running out of time on season

Nov 3 2014 6:30pm CST | Source: Sportsnet.ca

TAMPA, Fla. — The struggling Tampa Bay Buccaneers are 1-7 at the season’s mid-point and concede they’re running out of opportunities to turn themselves around. The team found yet another way to lose a close game in their latest outing, squandering a fourth-quarter lead for the third time in five weeks before falling to the improved Cleveland Browns. The Bucs undermined themselves with two turnovers, several costly penalties ...
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Buccaneers running out of time on season

Nov 3 2014 6:30pm CST | Source: Sportsnet.ca

TAMPA, Fla. — The struggling Tampa Bay Buccaneers are 1-7 at the season’s mid-point and concede they’re running out of opportunities to turn themselves around. The team found yet another way to lose a close game in their latest outing, squandering a fourth-quarter lead for the third time in five weeks before falling to the improved Cleveland Browns. The Bucs undermined themselves with two turnovers, several costl ...
Source: Sportsnet.ca   Full article at: Sportsnet.ca
 

 
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2 weeks ago

Buccaneers running out of time on season

Nov 3 2014 6:30pm CST | Source: Sportsnet.ca

TAMPA, Fla. — The struggling Tampa Bay Buccaneers are 1-7 at the season’s mid-point and concede they’re running out of opportunities to turn themselves around. The team found yet another way to lose a close game in their latest outing, squandering a fourth-quarter lead for the third time in five weeks before falling to the improved Cleveland Browns. The Bucs undermined themselves with two turnovers, several costly penalties and a pair of blunders on special teams, including a blocked field goal ...
Source: Sportsnet.ca   Full article at: Sportsnet.ca
 

 
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2 weeks ago

Buccaneers running out of time on season

Nov 3 2014 6:30pm CST | Source: Sportsnet.ca

TAMPA, Fla. — The struggling Tampa Bay Buccaneers are 1-7 at the season’s mid-point and concede they’re running out of opportunities to turn themselves around. The team found yet another way to lose a close game in their latest outing, squandering a fourth-quarter lead for the third time in five weeks before falling to the improved Cleveland Browns. The Bucs undermined themselves with two turnovers, several costly penalties and a pair of blunders on special teams, ...
Source: Sportsnet.ca   Full article at: Sportsnet.ca
 

 

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