The wait for a new head coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers that began on Monday morning seems to only have lasted until Wednesday night.
Jay Glazer of Fox Sports reported on Twitter that the Buccaneers are hiring former Chicago Bears head coach Lovie Smith to the same position, pending the final details of a contract.
The Bucs are hiring Lovie Smith to be their new head coach, two sides are finalizing the contract tonight
— Jay Glazer (@JayGlazer) January 2, 2014
Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times also confirmed the news locally:
Confirmed to the Tampa Bay Times. Bucs finalizing a contract with Lovie Smith to become their next head coach. First reported by @JayGlazer
— Rick Stroud (@NFLSTROUD) January 2, 2014
Smith is certainly a fan favorite in Tampa Bay, as his ties to the team during the Tony Dungy era bring back memories of a competitive team every season. Lovie Smith continued the tradition of being competitive during his time in St. Louis with the Rams, and also in Chicago, where he was fired despite a winning record of 81-63 over his time at Soldier Field.
Smith also led the Bears to a Super Bowl in only his third season in charge, something the Glazers will hope he can duplicate in Tampa Bay.
Smith figures to bring former Cal coach Jeff Tedford on as offensive coordinator, along with former Vikings coach Leslie Frazier as a defensive coordinator. Rod Marinelli also figures to be a part of the staff.
Smith brings a wealth of NFL experience and an expertise on defense, although it remains to be seen how he’ll choose to run a defense set up for Greg Schiano’s aggressive style.
Do you think the Buccaneers made the right call in hiring Lovie Smith? Do you believe he is the right coach to turn the Buccaneers into contenders?
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