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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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Love them or hate them, the Dallas Cowboys are for real. They legitimatized what some believed was a fluky start by beating the Seattle Seahawks at their own game. Outside of a few special teams gaffes, it very well could have been a blowout at CenturyLink Field. While it’s fair to expect Dallas to falter, this season’s Cowboys are different. They’re playing a winning brand of football and are actually likable. Instead of relyin ...
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Oct 14 2014 11:09am CDT | Source: Sportsnet.ca

Love them or hate them, the Dallas Cowboys are for real. They legitimatized what some believed was a fluky start by beating the Seattle Seahawks at their own game. Outside of a few special teams gaffes, it very well could have been a blowout at CenturyLink Field. While it’s fair to expect Dallas to falter, this season’s Cowboys are different. They’re playing a winning brand of football and are actually likable. Instead of relying on Tony Romo – who did come up huge with a 3rd and 20 conversi ...
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Week 6 Takeaways: These Cowboys are for real

Oct 14 2014 11:09am CDT | Source: Sportsnet.ca

Love them or hate them, the Dallas Cowboys are for real. They legitimatized what some believed was a fluky start by beating the Seattle Seahawks at their own game. Outside of a few special teams gaffes, it very well could have been a blowout at CenturyLink Field. While it’s fair to expect Dallas to falter, this season’s Cowboys are different. They’re playing a winning brand of football and are actually likable. Instead of relying on Tony Romo – who did come up huge with a 3rd an ...
Source: Sportsnet.ca   Full article at: Sportsnet.ca
 

 
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6 days ago

Week 6 Takeaways: These Cowboys are for real

Oct 14 2014 11:09am CDT | Source: Sportsnet.ca

Love them or hate them, the Dallas Cowboys are for real. They legitimatized what some believed was a fluky start by beating the Seattle Seahawks at their own game. Outside of a few special teams gaffes, it very well could have been a blowout at CenturyLink Field. While it’s fair to expect Dallas to falter, this season’s Cowboys are different. They’re playing a winning brand of football and are actually likable. Instead of relying on ...
Source: Sportsnet.ca   Full article at: Sportsnet.ca
 

 
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Gerald McCoy calls Bucs’ play “unacceptable”

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NFL Week 7 Predictions: Projections for the Early Lines, Spreads and Odds

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"We're Not Changing Our Scheme"

Oct 12 2014 6:58pm CDT | Source: Scout.com

The Buccaneers defense has been a huge liability this season. After Lovie Smith gloated this offseason of how he believes that an elite defense can win you 8 games by itself, Bucs fans made the false assumption that this Buccaneer defense this season could be ...
Source: Scout.com   Full article at: Scout.com
 

 

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