Bucs DC Mike Smith - Photo by: Cliff Welch/PR
Many thought it was foregone conclusion that the Buccaneers would lose defensive coordinator Mike Smith to one of the six head coaching vacancies following the 2016 regular season.
For a while it appeared Smith was close to be packing up and heading to northeast Florida to try and turn the Jacksonville Jaguars around, but former Bills coach Doug Marrone was hired instead. Then the rumor mill had Smith traveling out west to take the reigns for the Chargers organization.
But on Wednesday evening, in a quick turn of events, reports from several national pundits are stating Smith has withdrawn his name from consideration for the new Los Angeles Chargers, and has agreed to terms to stick around in Tampa Bay as their defensive coordinator.
According to reports Smith and the Bucs have agreed to an extension to remain with Tampa Bay. Details of the new contract haven’t been released.
PewterReport.com will update the story as more information becomes available.
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Sung by Mike Smith
(back-up vocals, scubog, Horse, and macabee)
You’re my homeboys
You’re my dawgs
You’re the defense of my dreams
And I’d like to thank you
For waiting patiently
Daddy’s home, your Daddy’s home, to stay
How I’ve waited for this moment
To be back on your side
Your best friend wrote and told me
You had tear drops in your eyes
Daddy’s home, your Daddy’s home, to stay
Let’s get this party started! Lol.
Excellent song and musicians. Back when music was music! Thanks for posting.
Nice little jingle macabee. Thanks for allowing Horse and me to accompany you on this golden oldie.
Good stuff macabee!
Best news of the offseason so far!
I am sure a better head coaching opportunity will come in the future. Meanwhile, we do appreciate having Smith here! :-))
If he continues what he did this year, there is no doubt in my mind that he will get a better opportunity. Hopefully all of the defensive position coaches are learning as much as they can from this guy before he does get a new head coaching job
Great news! Stability on the D!
How’s THAT for great news! Could be the best of the off-season and certainly is so far.
Don’t get me wrong, I love the signing but what difference does it make? Perhaps the details of the contract will provide answers. For example, if Smith is offered a HC next year with Chicago he can leave right? If our total Defense can be in the top 8 next year It would be hard for me to believe he would not be offered a HC somewhere next year. It seems to me Smith will be here another year which is great not only for the players but also for the coaching staff. IMHO Smith is a good HC and I’d be very surprised if he was here after next year..
I too am curious to know what the particulars of the new deal are, but I’m hoping that the idea that they’re doing a new deal at all means that he’s planning to stick around multiple seasons.
The difference is he’s here to coach in 2017 for sure. Of COURSE he can be hired to be a HC next season or any season in the future. I’m not sure what your point is but I do know this, if he IS hired to be a HC after next season you can bet it will have been a damn good one. And by then it will be even easier and smoother for the Buccaneers to hire to replace him from within. In short this is very good news no matter how you cut it.
It’s just a fancy way of saying he got a (much deserved) raise. Absolutely he can leave us after ’17 season, and I fully expect him to do so if they continue their strong performance. Doing this though allows the Bucs to show how much they appreciate and value him. I finally exhaled after seeing this! The Jags made a huge mistake.
Awesome! So Glad Coach Smith is back! GO BUCS!!!
This is GREAT news!! We really needed him to steer our defense in the right direction for at least one more year. He can even start some on the job training with one of his assistants this season. Maybe explain which calls to make and when to make them in a game situation. That way, it will be a much smoother transition if and when he decides to leave. Maybe the new contract includes the good old line that says, ” Defensive Coordinator AND Assistant Head Coach.” That way, they can pay him more and he can stay with his good friend Dirk. Just kidding on this one, but maybe in a year or two, he and Dirk can switch positions. Dirk can step down to only OC, and Smith can be Head Coach and DC. That way, Dirk can concentrate even more on Winston and not have to worry about the entire team.
Although I feel that coach should have had his pick of HC positions, I’m ecstatic that he likes it here enough to return.
I’m sure the players are delighted that Coach Smith is staying on as their DC. I believe this also aids Jason Licht having his input regarding evaluations of the players on the current roster.
There comes a time in all head coaches careers, where they are no longer considered for new jobs. Smitty is 57, the guy they hired in S.D. is 30. Smitty has joined the ranks with Wade Phillips, Romeo Crowell, Dom Capers, great coordinators, who will stay that way. Good for us, and good for Smitty. He mentioned how good it felt getting back to coaching defense. Props to the Glazers, he wasn’t leaving, they didn’t have to sweeten the pot, but classy they did.
Agreed on all points. Nice move Glazers.
It’s way way way too early to consign Coach Smith assistant jobs for the rest of his career. 57 may not be young, but it’s far from too old. Go tell that to Bruce Ariens at age 64, or Tom Coughlin who won and NFC East division championship at age 65, and won a Super Bowl at age 61.
If the Marrone hire doesn’t work out in JAX next year or the year after, I expect Smith will be at the top of their contacts list (in the old days, we used to say “rolodex”). The SD hire may also not work out either (the chances are pretty high on that, actually, with such a young HC). Other opportunities will present themselves.
You’re right about that one Naples. People in my office always make fun of my six Rolodexes insisting that I should scan all of the business cards I’ve collected over the years. But who do the youngsters come to when they need a contact? The old sage in the corner………..Scubog.
I agree with you that Mike Smith surely isn’t too old to be considered, he just might not be trendy……or cheap.
This is good news I personally did not think he would leave for Chargers job, but would have taken Jax. job their loss is. If the Defense improves as much in 17 as in 16 they should be a top ten Defense. GO BUCS!!
I thought he would get offered the job in Jacksonville but not San Diego. Regardless if it isn’t the right fit career wise, you should never pass up the chance to live in San Diego. Perfect weather all year round, gorgeous beaches, bikinis and more money than you can possibly imagine.
Fantastic development for us.
Maybe he can get the D working from week 1.
I’m late to the party on this announcement, had some intervening things to deal with.
But this is great news for the Bucs. This provides continuity in defensive coaching that many of us were afraid we might lose in the course of another rebuilding year for the team. Our confidence level in continued improvement and a division championship just went up a bunch notches!
Great news that the Bucs get to keep Smitty for at least 1 more year. If our defense continues to grow as it did this year, it could be a top 10 unit. Guys know their roles now and some continuity is finally happening here. Thanks goodness for that. I’m shocked he didn’t get the Jags job and once I heard SD was moving, I knew he wouldn’t go there. Why deal with all of that crap? Hopefully he enjoys being a coordinator and we get a long run of the same coaching here. It can only bring success. This will be the biggest move this off season for us.
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