Like Dan Akroyd and John Belushi in the movie The Blues Brothers, former Bucs head coach Lovie Smith appears to be trying to put the band back together. Unfortunately it may come at the expense of the Buccaneers.
Smith the new head coach at Illinois, where ironically Jake And Elwood Blues’ classic 1980 film was set, has reportedly offered Bucs running backs coach Tim Spencer the job.
According to the latest from CoachingSearch.com, Spencer is currently weighing his options.
Smith has already hired former Bucs linebackers coach Hardy Nickerson to be his defensive coordinator, and former Bucs wide receivers coach Andrew Hayes-Stoker will handle the same duty for Smith again according to reports.
Spencer and Smith’s coaching relationship goes back more than 10 years, as Spencer joined Smith’s Bears staff in 2004 and was with him until Smith was let go by the Glazers this past January.
Spencer oversaw the Bucs running game return to prominence in 2015 as Doug Martin, who is currently a free agent, rushed for 1,402 yards, and he and fellow back Charles Sims combined to be one of the NFL’s best one-two punch, putting up a total of 2,763 yards on the ground and through the air.
Smith reportedly has a $4 million pool for assistants at Illinois and Spencer could be in for a nice raise. Of course the holdup on making it official might be the Bucs offering a raise for Spencer to stay, and also the fact that Spencer’s son, Evan, is currently on the Bucs roster.
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If he leaves it’s because he sees the handwriting on the wall.
No Martin, no running game, no job next year.
Who wants to work for owners who are so cheap they don’t want to sign the second leading rusher in the NFL and who is probably the second best offensive threat on the team.
Quit complaining Drdneast, the Bucs just resigned Martin.
They just signed Martin for five years 35 million. Can you stop bitching now?? The cheap owners opened their wallets.
BUcs just resigned Martin
drdneast – You must love the taste of crow considering how much of it you eat!
Spencer would be a fool to jump off this train now…oh well, to each his own I guess
Let him go. Running Backs coaches are plentiful.
I have never complained about eating crow, I have even had some in my life, which is why I choose my words correctly.
I never said the Bucs wouldn’t sign Martin, I merely stated if they didn’t I was going to cancel my season ticket.
I also said if they didn’t sign Martin, it would indicate the Glazers were using the Hugh Culverhouse model of running a NFL franchise.
Since they did sign Martin, I don’t have to cancel my season ticket and apparently the Glazer boys aren’t as miserly as Hugh Culverhouse.
But in no way did I ever say they were. I just said it would “indicate” they would be.
Do you understand the difference. I just explained the concept and language to a third grader and he did.
Yes you did! There was no “IF”
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