Lovie Smith is one of many coaches that left the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during their prime years in the late 90’s to find new jobs elsewhere and ascend up the coaching ranks. Smith left his job as an assistant in Tampa to coach the Rams’ defense for a few years before becoming head coach of the Chicago Bears.
Fast forward over 10 years after his departure from Tampa Bay, and it seems the “allure” of One Buc Place is still there for Smith.
Several people close to Lovie Smith had told me in recent days that if the Tampa job opened up, it would have a particular allure to him…
— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) December 30, 2013
This would be the most obvious hire, as he’s a proven winner with loyalty to the team. He also brings a contrast in style to Greg Schiano, as Smith is more laid back and player-friendly.
However, there’s a reason Smith is currently without a job. He struggled to keep the Bears competitive, mainly due to poor offenses, and was replaced by a QB guru in Chicago.
So if Smith is hired by the Buccaneers, he would have to come with a rising star at offensive coordinator who can call the shots and create a scheme on offense that suits the Buccaneers’ talent. The offense is the problem in Tampa Bay, so simply hiring Lovie Smith does nothing to fix that.
It will be interesting to see if the Buccaneers are interested in Smith, as it would certainly be a fan favorite hire for the coach position.