Buccaneers announce five-year deal for Lovie Smith

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The Buccaneers formalized last night’s news, naming Lovie Smith as their next head coach.

The team announced a five-year contract for Smith, and will introduce him at a press conference in Tampa next Monday.

“Today is an exciting day for the Buccaneer organization, and the entire Tampa Bay community, as we welcome back Lovie Smith,” Buccaneers co-chairman Bryan Glazer said in a statement. “We knew from the start of our search that he was the ideal man to lead our team into a new era of Buccaneer football. Lovie is an accomplished and very well-respected head coach who has enjoyed success at every level of his 30-year career.”

Smith spent four years as an assistant in Tampa Bay under Tony Dungy, and has the kind of stability and experience the Bucs so badly need. His 81-63 record in Chicago was solid, and he went to a Super Bowl with Rex Grossman as his quarterback.

That will serve him well as they try to figure out if Mike Glennon is anything more than a Rex-level placeholder, or whether they need to make a push for another quarterback this offseason.

21 responses to “Buccaneers announce five-year deal for Lovie Smith

  1. As a Skins fan, I am disappointed. Thought Lovie was the best available coach out there. Very under appreciated in Chicago IMO. Good fit in Tampa for all involved.

  2. Glennon put up similar stats last year (2,600 yards 19TD 9 Int) as the guy who just got a 7-year extension today (Cutler 2,600 yards, 19TD 12 Int). I don’t see how you don’t give Glennon another year, particularly when he’ll have a fully healthy set of weapons and no MSRA or Freeman related drama.

  3. The Glazers hit a grand slam with this hire. Lovie Smith is one of the most decent and well-respected men in the NFL. He will instantly command respect and the veterans will be pleased to have him as coach.

    It was a tough loss when he left. Bringing him back is one of the best decisions the Glazers have made. Bravo!

    I have not bought tix since Coach Gruden left because I disagreed with the decision. I think it is time to end the boycott.

  4. Congrats Bucks, stand up man and coach so glad he did not go to Detroit. Only fault (maybe) is that he believes in old school Run the ball so the defense can get rest. Need a good OC to go with him, sadly he never found a good counterpart in Chicago. Expect some good FA’s, Players like to play for him unlike your previous coach.

  5. More importantly than getting rid of Schiano was getting rid of Dominick. That guy was another former Pats idiot riding the Brady coattails.

    All you have to do is look at the Revis contract.

    Anyway, congrats on the upgrade Bucs fans.

  6. .

    Mr Smith’ s offensive ranking his last three years in Chicago : 29th, 26th and 28th. Is he the guy to transform the Buccaneers offense?


  7. Dungy ball 8-8 , 9-7, maybe 10-6 never the next level. He will bring back the Tampa II and focus on defense. He is not an offensive minded guy.
    Not a SPLASH hire, too bad for tampa.

  8. There’s a football team in Washington? Oh, state maybe, certainly not the district. Ha, oh man, the skins.

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