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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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Lovie Smith has won just one of his first seven games as the Buccaneers’ head coach, but he says things are changing in Tampa Bay. Asked if his team is where he wants it to be, Smith answered, “The 1-6 record isn’t. It’s what it is. If th ...
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Oct 29 2014 3:48pm CDT | Source: SBNation

Charles Sims is back at practice after missing half the season with ankle surgery and has a chance to play this week. We break down the fantasy implications. Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Charles Sims is nearly recovered from ankle surgery and head coach Lovie Smith says he "has a chance" to make his NFL debut against the Cleveland Browns in Week 9. Sims is a third-round pick out of West Virginia. He has yet to play after ...
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Oct 29 2014 3:15pm CDT | Source: Bleacher Report

Abandon ship. The overhaul of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers has just started.  As the NFL's trade deadline came and went Tuesday, the Buccaneers were the only team willing to make a deal. The organization agreed to a pair of trades before the 4 p.m. ET cutoff, but it was listening to other offers which should indicate further change in the team's future.  Fifth-year linebacker Jonathan Casillas was traded to the New England ...
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NFL oddsmakers seem to have a good read on the Cleveland Browns; five of their seven games this season have ended within a field goal of the spread, including a pair of point-spread pushes. Cleveland (4-3) will be a touchdown favorite when it hosts the (1-6) Tampa Bay Buccaneers Sunday afternoon.   Point spread: The Browns opened as six-point favorites; the total was 44 early in the week, according to ...
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Charles Sims Worth a Fantasy Flier Despite Tampa Bay Buccaneers' RB Issues

Oct 28 2014 9:08pm CDT | Source: Bleacher Report

Maybe Charles Sims is the man to help lift up what's been one of the worst running games in the NFL. If you're hoping for a boost to your fantasy football team, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers rookie might be worth the gamble. Sims injured his ankle back in August and has yet to see the field as a result. Last Wednesday was Sims' first appearance at practice, with head coach Lovie Smith encouraged by his performance, per Fox Sports Florida's Andrew Ast ...
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Doug Martin's Fantasy Value Remains Stunted with RB Staying in Tampa

Oct 28 2014 5:50pm CDT | Source: Bleacher Report

Doug Martin's staying with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and as a result, he's likely stuck in fantasy purgatory from now until the end of the season. The 4 p.m. NFL trade deadline has come and gone, and the Bucs failed to deal the 25-year-old running back. As a result, fantasy owners who hoped for a second-half resurgence from Martin may be out of luck completely. There's no getting around how big of a disappointment Martin's b ...
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Bucs send Mark Barron to the Rams

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As Buccaneers coach Lovie Smith tries to remake the defensive roster into a unit that will better employ his preferred defense, they’ve moved on from one of the safeties acquired by the prior Tampa regime. Per a league source, Mark Barron has been shipped to the Rams.  The former Alabama standout wa ...
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NFL trade deadline: All eyes on Tampa Bay as deadline approaches

Oct 28 2014 10:10am CDT | Source: SBNation

The NFL trade deadline is scheduled for 4 p.m. ET on Tuesday. Rumors are swirling around the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as contending teams try to strengthen their rosters. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are 1-6 and destined to miss the playoffs in the first year under new head coach Lovie Smith. While the team is underwhelming, it does have some interesting pieces that contenders could be interested in, and the Buccaneers are apparently open for business with Doug Ma ...
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Doug Martin, Mark Barron trade rumors picking up ahead of NFL deadline

Oct 28 2014 9:56am CDT | Source: SBNation

Tampa Bay is in the midst of a pathetic season and is considering multiple options at the trade deadline. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are 1-6 and destined to miss the playoffs in the first year under new head coach Lovie Smith. While the team is underwhelming, it does have some interesting pieces that contenders could be interested in, and the Buccaneers are apparently open for business with Doug Martin and Mark Barron both on the market, according to Rick Stroud. The trade deadl ...
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