Having the year off apparently gave Lovie Smith the opportunity to assemble a staff for his next job.
The Buccaneers new boss has already officially named offensive coordinator Jeff Tedford, and apparently secured Leslie Frazier to be his defensive coordinator.
Now, a number of other moves are well in the pipleline, if not finished.
According to Alex Marvez of FOX Sports, the Bucs won’t be retaining any of Greg Schiano’s former assistants, and have made progress on a few replacements already.
Marvez also reports that Southern Miss offensive coordinator Marcus Arroyo is lined up as quarterbacks coach, after working with Tedford at Cal.
Smith is also tapping into his network of former Bears assistants.
Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times mentioned that former Bears running backs coach Tim Spencer is lined up for the same job in Tampa, and Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune has former special teams coach Kevin O’Dea taking the same job with the Bucs.