The Buccaneers have a new head coach – and he’s someone very familiar to Tampa Bay fans.
Welcome back to Tampa, Lovie.
Lovie Smith was a defensive assistant assistant under Tony Dungy, so he knows how things used to be in Tampa when the Bucs had a nice run during the late 90’s and early 2000’s. Not only that, he has previous NFL head coaching experience – something Greg Schiano did not have. Smith took the Bears to the Super Bowl seven years ago, and was 81-63 in nine seasons in Chicago. In other words, he knows how to win. From a public relations perspective, this is a great move – one that I agree with 100%. Whether it translates into success on the field remains to be seen.
Lovie’s staff is also starting to come into focus. According to ESPN, former Vikings’ head coach Leslie Frazier will be the Bucs’ new defensive coordinator, and former Cal coach Jeff Tedford will be running the offense.
We’re still waiting to see who the Glazers will choose to be the new general manager. That will be the next big move they make. In the meantime, Smith will be formally introduced at a Monday afternoon news conference.
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