Report: Bucs could consider bringing back McKay, Smith

With the Buccaneers suddenly looking to fill a pair of jobs, it’s possible that they consider some guys who already know their way around Tampa.

Via Chris Mortensen of ESPN, the Bucs could consider going back to former staffers Rich McKay and Lovie Smith for those jobs.

Of course, McKay’s still working for the Falcons as team president, but not in a hands-on football role like the Bucs are suddenly in need of. McKay was the Bucs General Manager from 1993 to 2003, helping to build the team that would go onto a Super Bowl title.

Smith was a linebackers coach there from 1996 to 2000, before taking the Rams defensive coordinator job.

Smith’s also a candidate for the Texans job, having already interviewed, and would likely draw interest for other openings as well.

24 responses to “Report: Bucs could consider bringing back McKay, Smith

  1. I’m surprised more teams aren’t considering Lovie Smith, he did get fired after a 10-6 season last year. 10-6 probably looks very good to the Bears now. Plus he’s defense first

  2. Ownership isn’t very creative considering they spent so many years letting Dominik derail things, and the only option they have is to try something that worked in the past, because to figure out how to run a football operation is completely beyond their capabilities. Why wouldn’t they hire these guys back? We saw them love Dominik and keep asking for more of him every season, these owners have no clue how to select support personnel. A couple retreads is better than venturing out into the great unknown!

    How frustrating to watch this play out. This isn’t a professional sports team, this is a kindergarten social studies experiment.

  3. With Darrell Revis, Baron and Dashon Goldson, Lovie Smith would make this a Top 5 defense. Most yardage is gained through the air in this pass first league. It’s two pro bowlers on this defensive secondary

  4. Lovie Smith ran an excellent defense in Chicago, but never wound up hiring an offensive coordinator that made sense. Mike Tice? Mike Martz? Lovie plus a guy with a solid offensive track record (like Rob Chudzinski) at OC make a load of sense.

  5. McKay, who was run out of town by Gruden, would rebuild a competent organization like he did the first time around, but I’m afraid that his offensive vision is limited. Pairing him with Lovie Smith might be asking for trouble in a league that’s changed a whole lot since he was picking the players back in the mid 2000s.

  6. maybe the guys don’t want to go back to Tampa,
    Houston should have locked up Lovie.

    by the way, a guy takes over Penn State for one year and all of sudden he is getting a NFL job.

    Cleveland fires a guy from Cleveland, a fan and after one year, because that is a real good job.

    Lovie should take the Detroit job, just so he can beat Chicago.

  7. How could anyone who possibly considers themselves a fan of this franchise be mad at them taken these 2 guys into consideration. Lovie Smith is a great defensive coach and McKay is only the BEST GM we have ever had in this franchise. We have a bright future with that DLine core and good running game!!

  8. @fakefootballfan:

    McKay left the Bucs in salary cap hell and was the reason Warren Sapp became a Raider. He then went on to do such a great job with the Falcons that he got kicked upstairs and replaced by Dimitrov.

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