Ex Bears coach Lovie Smith now given the task of rebuilding Tampa Bay Buccaneers
The Bucs finished this season with 4 wins and 12 losses. This is a depressing performance by a team which had the talent to make it to the playoffs easy and just threw all their advantage and potential down the drain. Rumours are that the Bucs are playing it fast and have already made their decision to hire the coach and are bringing him in as fast as they can. They say that contracts have already been signed and Smith is already a part of the team. Although the news has not been made official it is easy to see that Smith is the choice the Bucs had for a long time and are not going to waste time to lose him to some other team.
The news is that the new defensive coordinator for the Bucs will be ex Minnesota Vikings coach Leslie Frazier. Greg Schiano was the former Bucs coach and the decision to fire him was officially announced on Monday along with the decision to fire Frazier.
When with the Bears, Smith coached the team for a total of nine seasons and his score during that stood at 81-63. He also led the team into the 2006 Super Bowl which they eventually lost to the Indianapolis Colts. But the Bears performance did not match up to the expectations that the franchise had and he was fired a year ago when Chicago ended the season 10-6 and sat out from the playoffs for the fifth time in past six seasons.
When with the Bucs, Smith coached the linebackers from 1996 to 2000 after which he went with the Saint Louis Rams for three seasons where he worked as a defensive coordinator. When he will start with the Bucs, he will have the advantage that the team was already at work on improving the defence as they had signed in safety Dashon Goldson and cornerback Darrelle Revis. On the other hand the offense is in trouble and it will need to be restructured.