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Report: Bucs bring Lovie Smith back to Tampa

Chicago Bears head coach Lovie Smith watches his team play the Green Bay Packers in the first half during the NFL NFC Championship football game in Chicago Reuters

During the lowest points of the regular season in Tampa Bay, Buccaneers fans wanted the team to fire Greg Schiano and immediately hire Lovie Smith.

They have gotten their wish, albeit belatedly.

Jay Glazer of FOX Sports reports that Lovie Smith will become the next head coach of the Buccaneers, and that the two sides are finalizing the terms of a contract.

Smith served as linebackers coach in Tampa from 1996 through 2000, before becoming the Rams’ defensive coordinator in 2001.  Three years later, the Bears hired Smith to be the team’s head coach, where he served for nine seasons.

The move comes only two days after the Buccaneers fired Greg Schiano.  Because Smith is a minority candidate, the Bucs were able to move swiftly, hiring Smith without interviewing any other candidates.

There had been speculation that the Buccaneers also will bring back former G.M. Rich McKay.  Before filling that spot, however, at least one minority candidate for the G.M. position must be interviewed.

The decision to hire Smith before hiring a G.M. will raise questions regarding whether Smith or the General Manager will have final say over the roster and the draft.  During Smith’s time in Chicago, former G.M. Jerry Angelo and then G.M. Phil Emery held those powers.

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54 Responses to “Report: Bucs bring Lovie Smith back to Tampa”
  1. scoops1 says: Jan 1, 2014 8:52 PM

    Tampa’s 1st goal under Lovie Smith…Beat the Green Bay Packers….

  2. 4evrnyt says: Jan 1, 2014 8:54 PM

    So Tampa will now have a pretty good defense and a wildly inconsistent offense…sounds like a lot will change.

  3. jakec4 says: Jan 1, 2014 8:54 PM

    Good hire.

  4. smartestpackerfan says: Jan 1, 2014 8:55 PM

    If you listen you can hear us Packers fan laughing at the Bucs… and also not buying tickets to our playoff game.

  5. jerryyouradisgrace says: Jan 1, 2014 8:56 PM

    Good hire Bucs

  6. ashlynkat says: Jan 1, 2014 8:56 PM

    Good hire for the Bucs. Lovie is a good coach.

  7. meatcarroll says: Jan 1, 2014 8:56 PM

    Great hire for the Bucs after that Schiano disaster. You know you’ve got a good coach when his standard was set so high that 10-6 got him fired.

  8. LilTmac2003 says: Jan 1, 2014 8:57 PM

    Bears fan here guys. Let me tell you this about Lovie…I was one of the fans who actually liked him and still currently do.

    As much as you want to bad mouth him, he was a good head coach. Never during his tenure as our coach could he solve the problem that is known as offense, but in all other areas of the game, he was legit.

    Obviously his defense was tremendous. His departure shows how much the Bears suffered on D.

    He’s definitely a players coach and all of the team will play for him to the end.

  9. ctiggs says: Jan 1, 2014 8:58 PM

    Smart move lovie

  10. larryboodry says: Jan 1, 2014 8:58 PM

    Good luck, Lovie.

  11. deezenucks says: Jan 1, 2014 8:58 PM

    Always liked Lovie, Tampa was awesome when they had that sick D, they have some good players to build with. Wonder if he dumps Glennon now

  12. honolulublue says: Jan 1, 2014 8:58 PM

    Enjoy Tedford as your OC, glad Detroit isn’t getting him if that is the case. I wouldn’t have minded Lovie otherwise. Please Lions hire Whisenhunt.

  13. mantastic54 says: Jan 1, 2014 8:59 PM

    2nd goal, win the NFC north.

  14. harrisonhits2 says: Jan 1, 2014 8:59 PM

    @smartestpackerfan,

    Laugh of the day great comment lol !

  15. djlexluger says: Jan 1, 2014 9:03 PM

    A hire without a GM?

  16. seatownballers says: Jan 1, 2014 9:05 PM

    The nfc south just got tougher

  17. green41563 says: Jan 1, 2014 9:06 PM

    Lions blew it. This was their guy. The offense would have scored points on its own, and Lovie would have gotten the defense right.

  18. firerogergoodell says: Jan 1, 2014 9:06 PM

    Fingers crossed that Leslie Frazier gets that DC job! The wrong man was fired in Minnesota (as Ryan Longwell said).

  19. thestrategyexpert says: Jan 1, 2014 9:09 PM

    The fact that they finally got rid of Dominik is all that matters. They could have hired my grandmother to be the HC since there is still hope to get a really great GM so that my clueless grandmother can win regardless of whether she even understands what’s going on. Here granny, just put this cap on your head and don’t fall asleep on the sidelines, I’m going to turn you into a star coach!

  20. 12strikes says: Jan 1, 2014 9:10 PM

    Bucs will be looking for a new coach in 3-4 years.

  21. cubslose105yearsandcounting says: Jan 1, 2014 9:10 PM

    Buc games are going to be quiet. The cannons won’t be going off too much with Lovie as your HC. Perhaps shoot the cannons when they cross midfield??

  22. coltzfan166 says: Jan 1, 2014 9:16 PM

    Called this one. This should be a pretty good hire. I imagine Tampa players are ecstatic as well, considering what they just had.

  23. edshrinker says: Jan 1, 2014 9:16 PM

    Not going to Detroit. Thank God. He would make that defense unstoppable. GB fans would be displeased. Nice hire TB!

  24. tigersfandan says: Jan 1, 2014 9:21 PM

    Very good hire! My Lions probably won’t do better than this.

  25. sportfan2 says: Jan 1, 2014 9:23 PM

    Lovie will make them better, he is a good guy. Good hire and good luck

  26. adambomb418 says: Jan 1, 2014 9:27 PM

    Lovie is a good hire. Wisenhunt might have been a better hire but he never developed a QB in Arizona which is what Tampa Bay needs.

  27. cursedvikings1998 says: Jan 1, 2014 9:31 PM

    The rest of the NFC South may now breathe a sigh of relief.

  28. fnc111 says: Jan 1, 2014 9:37 PM

    Third goal, get to the Super Bowl and get trounced.

  29. adambomb418 says: Jan 1, 2014 9:44 PM

    I Lovie it!

  30. packmangamble says: Jan 1, 2014 9:47 PM

    Not a good choice. Bucs will continue to fail!

  31. chitlin1844 says: Jan 1, 2014 9:51 PM

    Thank God he did not mess up his resumé and become a Lions Coach.

  32. @HowdyDoobie says: Jan 1, 2014 9:53 PM

    I wonder if Schiano might join Belichick in New England?

  33. kingpel says: Jan 1, 2014 10:06 PM

    Great to see Lovie Smith back in the Bay Area! Welcome home!

  34. dwntwnbadboy19 says: Jan 1, 2014 10:06 PM

    Die hard bucs fan here. Very happy to hear this.

  35. raideralex says: Jan 1, 2014 10:10 PM

    Lovie had 1 playoff win in his final 6 seasons. With some serious talent. Yawn.

  36. daltongang1 says: Jan 1, 2014 10:12 PM

    Great move! Good luck Tampa!

  37. northernminnesota says: Jan 1, 2014 10:12 PM

    I wonder if this was the “possible” job Frazier alluded to in a recent interview. Tampa’s DC?

  38. thadamntruth says: Jan 1, 2014 10:20 PM

    Now all he need is Monte Kiffin from Dallas.

  39. therealraider says: Jan 1, 2014 10:42 PM

    Quality hire.

  40. stoptrippn says: Jan 1, 2014 10:42 PM

    Please Lovie do great to shut up the haters

  41. snaponrules says: Jan 1, 2014 10:43 PM

    A players coach but clueless when it comes to calling timeout’s and challanges.
    Also go to be a lot of wasted money with Revis playing cover 2 (nobody) defense.

  42. buccaboo says: Jan 1, 2014 11:22 PM

    Next step, Tony Dungy for GM

  43. sportsguygerald says: Jan 2, 2014 1:24 AM

    Marinelli will probably be the new DC

  44. hmpennypacker says: Jan 2, 2014 1:42 AM

    Bucs hire Norv Turner or Kyle Shanahan as OC & they’ll a dangerous team.

  45. larrydavid7000 says: Jan 2, 2014 3:12 AM

    Lovie Dovie he’s back.

  46. kenny328usa says: Jan 2, 2014 4:11 AM

    I knew Lovie would be a head coach again soon. Good for him and good for the Bucs.

  47. jnix182 says: Jan 2, 2014 4:11 AM

    Was best coaching option on the market. Thought he could have done better than Tampa though, but hey at least the weather is nice down there.

  48. labucs says: Jan 2, 2014 10:31 AM

    Great hire. Looking forward to the return to the playoffs.

  49. mikebrownistheworstownerinprosports says: Jan 2, 2014 12:09 PM

    Great hire. If I were a Bucs fan I’d be excited about it. Not sure if Glennon is the answer, but that team has some good pieces.

  50. yordo says: Jan 2, 2014 1:15 PM

    They thought they were just fulfilling the Rooney requirement, but then they were blown away by his charm. I’m flabbergasted by this hire.

  51. ma5terbla5t3r says: Jan 2, 2014 2:27 PM

    It’s always a brilliant move when you hire a proven loser. Was Norv Turner unavailable?

  52. elvoid says: Jan 2, 2014 2:50 PM

    Was kind of hoping he would be an option for Redskins – I actually think he would have been a good fit.

    However, I doubt he would have taken the job if offered – if anyone ever had any doubts about the circus that the Redskins has become, the Shannahan years took care of those doubts – and Lovie strikes me as smart enough to have stayed far, far away from all that junk.

    Good coach, good hire for the Bucs – fully expect them to contend for the division with a year or two.

  53. 2difshoe says: Jan 2, 2014 3:07 PM

    Lovie Smith….the second to last piece.

  54. 2difshoe says: Jan 2, 2014 3:09 PM

    With Lovie Smith, you also get free agent Peanut Tillman as your corner, Rod Marinelli as your DC and Brian Urlacher as your new linebacker’s coach.

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