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    I’d be O.K. with Duffner for continuity. A perfect replacement for Duffner could be Daryl Smith who should hang it up as a player.

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    I hope they consider Gus Bradley who is a very good DC. Has experience coaching a zone based scheme and needs a few years to repair his image if he wants to pursue another HC gig which would be great for long term success.

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      He can’t be that good, look at the talent he had and how it produced under him in Jacksonville. We need to find either a young up and coming guy, or one one of those good established guys who only want to be a D coordinator.

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        Dude- disagree. There are times a head coach looks bad as HC and then becomes a great coordinator. Think Wade Phillips, Mike Smith and Jim Schwartz

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        Gus Bradley was DC for the Seahawks in 2009-2012, first under Mora, then the last three years under Pete Carroll. He took his defense to two top ten finishes his last two seasons, including no. 1 overall in points against in his last season. He’s had success as a DC.

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      I hope they consider him too. Gus is really good and got caught in a bad situation.

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      Dude was in over his head as a HC but I think he could be a good DC

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    I think promoting from within makes a lot of sense. But I also wonder if Smitty might take other defensive coaches with him should he go elsewhere to be a HC. Buccaneers are obviously aware of all the possibilities and will be on top of it I’m sure.

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      He can’t take anyone still under contract. The only coaches under contract who can be taken against the will of their current employer is a head coach under current rules.

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        I hear you but Koetter seems to me to be the kind of guy who would let coaches go if they wanted out. He doesn’t stand in the way of any upgrade. Hope you’re right though. May be mute when it comes to Jaguars though. It looks to me that offensive coordinators are more in demand these days, especially with teams with young QB’s like Bortles.

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    With all of the firings this weekend, we are in prime position to scour the talent and make a great decision both on DC and potential play caller.

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    Garv; I believe those coaches are under contract with the Bucs. If I am some of these teams looking for the next HC, Iwould ask the question; do I want a Coach who has done okay, but could never get past playoff game and to the SB? I think it thins it out a bit and Tom Conklin is by far the best Coach being interviewed and still has a few years in him. I do believe Smith will figure out that he might get the job of his choice if he waits for another year. Could be also the Falcons are still paying him? Anybody know?

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    I would hate to lose Mike Smith but I have always rooted for the Jags as my 2nd team and I think he would do wonders in Jacksonville with all the talent on that defense plus the 4th pick

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    Losing Smith doesnt bother me because its Koetters philosophy to let the players play on Sunday and stop thinking. Koetter was the catalyst for the big turn around on defense this year, not Mike Smith lol

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