The Glazers have apparently moved quickly in finding Greg Schiano's replacement, with multiple reports that Lovie Smith and the Buccaneers are finalizing a contract to make him the next head coach of the Buccaneers.
The Glazer family took 26 days to hire Greg Schiano as the Buccaneers head coach in 2012 after firing Raheem Morris. According to reports on Wednesday, they have made their latest hire in just three days.
According to the reports, the Buccaneers are in the process of finalizing a contract that would make former Bears head coach Lovie Smith the 10th head coach in franchise history.
Former Bucs head coach Tony Dungy tweeted late Wednesday evening,"Congratulations to the Bucs. I think they made a very good choice in
hiring Lovie Smith. Now I'm excited about watching the Bucs next year!"
Former linebacker Derrick Brooks also showed his excitement via Twitter saying, "So excited tonight @TBBuccaneers. Bucs got better tonight with Lovie Smith coming back as the new H/C. Words can't describe my excitement."
Reports began floating on Twitter on Wednesday afternoon that the Glazers has already interviewed Smith, with some saying as earlier as last Monday, the same day Schiano and general manager Mark Dominik were fired.
On Monday, reports by several national outlets stated that Smith was the Bucs first choice and there was mutual interest. Later reports came out that Smith would also bring former Cal coach Jeff Tedford aboard as his offensive coordinator, and possibly recently fired Minnesota head coach Leslie Frazier as his defensive coordinator.
Late Wednesday night ESPN's Adam Schefter reported that Tedford was in fact going to be the Buccaneers new offensive coordinator, and that the Bucs will also bring in former Bucs defensive line coach Rod Marinelli to become the team's defensive coordinator. Marinelli was part of Monte Kiffin's 2013 defensive coaching staff in Dallas.
The Glazers have an obvious familiarity with Smith from his days on former coach Tony Dungy’s staff. Smith served as linebackers coach in Tampa from 1996 through 2000 under Dungy, and then parlayed that into becoming the Rams’ defensive coordinator in 2001. After three seasons in St. Louis, the Bears hired Smith to be the team’s head coach, where he served for nine seasons.
Smith complied an 88-64 record as head coach of the Bears, including an NFC Championship in 2006 before losing, ironically, to Dungy’s Colts in Super Bowl XLI.
The Buccaneers will also need to hire a general manager after letting Dominik go on Monday, and reports are that former Bears general manager and former Bucs front office employee Jerry Angelo could also be returning to Tampa Bay.
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