The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have officially announced the hiring of Lovie Smith to become the new head coach, the 10th in franchise history.
— Tampa Bay Buccaneers (@TBBuccaneers) January 2, 2014
In a statement made on the team’s official website, team owner Bryan Glazer said the following about the new man in charge in Tampa Bay.
- “Today is an exciting day for the Buccaneer organization, and the entire Tampa Bay community, as we welcome back Lovie Smith. Lovie is an accomplished and very well respected head coach who has enjoyed success at every level of his 30-year career. We knew from the start of our search that he was the ideal man to lead this team into this new era of Buccaneer football.”
Smith’s move to Tampa Bay is a return to the place where his NFL coaching career began. He was a linebackers coach under Tony Dungy before moving to the St. Louis Rams to serve as defensive coordinator, and then taking over as head coach of the Chicago Bears for nine seasons.
Smith has three division titles and a Super Bowl berth to his name as a head coach, but has been a part of even more successes during his time in St. Louis and Tampa Bay. His winning percentage of over 56 percent during his time in Chicago is a big step up from the myriad of losing seasons the Buccaneers have experience recently.
The team announced that Smith will be formally introduced at 2:00 PM on Monday, January 6th after signing a five-year contract.
We’ll continue to bring you the latest details on Lovie Smith’s hiring, and what it means for the future of the Buccaneers.