The Tampa Bay Buccaneers fired head coach Greg Schiano on Monday, and seem to be quickly moving on and pursuing new options to lead their team in 2014 and beyond.
According to a report. Lovie Smith will be the first candidate the Buccaneers interview for their vacant head coach position, according to NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport.
The first candidate the #Bucs will interview is Lovie Smith, per source. He's a favorite there, lot of mutual interest.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) December 31, 2013
There have been previous reports that Smith had interest in the Tampa Bay position, so the fact that the Buccaneers have reached out to Smith first may indicate a mutual interest as reported by Rapoport.
And because Smith is a minority candidate, the Buccaneers don’t need to interview anyone else under the Rooney Rule, which dictates that NFL teams must interview a minority candidate for any open head coaching position.
But I’m not sure that factors into the Glazers’ decision at all. Smith was a perennial winner with the Bears, and only saw a double-digit loss season during his first year in charge of the Bears. His winning percentage of 56% would trump the Buccaneers’ record in recent seasons by a wide margin.
The question for Smith is whether he can bring in an offensive scheme and offensive staff to help turn around the Buccaneer offense which ranked last in the NFL in 2013.