Posted January 01, 2014

Report: Bucs hire Lovie Smith as next head coach

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Lovie Smith had four non-winning seasons during his nine years in Chicago. (Leon Halip/Getty Images)

Lovie Smith had four non-winning seasons during his nine years in Chicago. (Leon Halip/Getty Images)

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers hired Lovie Smith as their next head coach after reaching an agreement on a four-year deal, reports ESPN.com’s Adam Schefter.

According to the report, the team holds an option for a fifth year. Terms of the contract were not available, but Smith is expected to make more than$5 million a year.

Smith replaces Greg Schiano, who was fired on Monday after two years on the job and three years left on his contract.

Smith, 55, had been out of coaching since being fired after the Chicago Bears finished 10-6 and missed the playoffs in 2012. He had a 81-63 record in nine seasons with the Bears and led the team to three division titles and one Super Bowl appearance.

Smith was also the Buccaneers linebackers coach from 1996-2000.

He reportedly also interviewed with Houston Texans for their head coaching job. The Texans ended up hiring Penn State head coach Bill O’Brien.

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13 comments
Jerkzilla
Jerkzilla

Good move.  With Cam Newton along w/ the NO and ATL Offenses in that division, you might as well go with a guy known for building defenses.

RescuedfromESPN
RescuedfromESPN

Lovie will have an uphill battle. He will be in a division with 2 bona fide contenders, and with the probable return of the Falcons to form next year, will have his work cut out if the Bucs are to contend. Glennon has potential, but Smith doesn't really have a track record of developing QBs. Pencil them in for 6-10.

SandersonKramer
SandersonKramer

Another retread Coach. More mediocrity for Tampa Bay

friendly--neighborhood--scrawler
friendly--neighborhood--scrawler

I thought Lovie Smith was smarter than that.....

Why would you go to a division with Brees, Cam and Matt.... Lovie you have the worst Qb in the divison..

Papi Del Negro..... Dont ask
Papi Del Negro..... Dont ask

Tampa's defense will be elite again. Now just get a quality OC and they should be golden and long be able to forget the gap toothed stooge.

JoeCabot
JoeCabot

@RescuedfromESPNCraig Krenzel, Chad Hutchinson, Rex Grossman, Kyle Orton, Brian Griese, Todd Collins, Caleb Hanie, Josh McCown, Jason Campbell, Jay Cutler.  These were the QBs that Lovie Smith got the opportunity to develop.  He won 84 games with this crew, got to a Super Bowl with the immortal Grossman, and won ten games last year with Cutler before getting canned.

Bearsclone
Bearsclone

@SandersonKramer Bill Bellicheck is a retread coach.  John Fox is a retread coach.  Pete Caroll is a retread coach.  "Retread" means "failed before" but it also means "experienced."


Smith was pretty good in his first go around, just didn't pay enough attention to his offense.  I bet he's learned a few lessons.

JoeCabot
JoeCabot

@SandersonKramerYou want them to go with an unproven coordinator or a college coach like they did with their last two hires?   Maybe the guy with an 84-66 record and a Super Bowl appearance as an NFL head coach is a better option this time.

BosephHeyden
BosephHeyden

@friendly--neighborhood--scrawler Lovie's teams in the past haven't needed to win via QB.  When his defenses are good, that's their offense.  Unfortunately, Tampa Bay fans will likely have to live with the notion that, if their defense isn't scoring, then their offense probably won't, either.

JonCruz
JonCruz

@friendly--neighborhood--scrawler   How long should he wait to find the weakest division and opening?  Cam and Ryan dont prevent their teams from having poor seasons (see Falcons).  And is that trio THAT much better to the point it matters than Kap/Wilson/Bradford or Roth/Dalton/Flacco or Rodgers/Cutler/Stafford or Manning/Rivers etc?   5 million $ to coach in a great climate and team with playmakers and decent defense.  It's a fine gig.