Leslie Frazier, Rod Marinelli could join Lovie Smith in Tampa


With Lovie Smith tabbed to be the next head coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, a couple of names are already starting emerge as candidates to join his coaching staff.

According to Ben Goessling and Pat Yasinskas of ESPN.com, former Minnesota Vikings head coach Leslie Frazier and Dallas Cowboys defensive line coach Rod Marinelli are possibilities to join Smith on the defensive side of the ball. Both would be candidates for the defensive coordinator role with the Buccaneers.

Marinelli coached with Smith in Chicago for four years serving as assistant head coach, defensive line coach and defensive coordinator. Frazier is also familiar with the Cover 2 scheme run by Smith as he served as an assistant on Tony Dungy’s staff in Indianapolis as well.

Former University of California head coach Jeff Tedford is also reportedly lined up to serve as Smith’s offensive coordinator.