Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Jay Gruden Deserves Head Coach Job Over Lovie Smith

By Devin O'Barr
Lovie Smith
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Now that former head coach Greg Schiano and general manager Mark Dominik are finally out of the picture, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers can start working on hiring the franchise’s next head coach. Although the Bucs started the 2013 campaign on an awful 0-8 note, Tampa Bay showed some life late in the year winning four of five games before dropping the last three contests of the season.

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Nevertheless, the coaching search is on. In fact, former Bucs head coach and NFL icon Tony Dungy weighted in on the matter and his opinion wasn’t all that surprising. Lovie Smith spent five years under Dungy as Tampa Bay’s linebackers coach toward the end of the 20th century. Hence, Dungy’s comment of Smith being a “really good fit” for Tamp Bay is no shocker.

However, Dungy is dead wrong when it comes to this certain topic. Cincinnati Bengals offensive coordinator Jay Gruden has done a remarkable job with Andy Dalton and the Bengals’ offense, and his name should be atop the Buccaneers’ wish list. The Bucs have a very solid option at quarterback in Mike Glennon, who could use some tutelage from a seasoned veteran like Gruden.

Besides, the Buccaneers’ defense doesn’t need a stalwart like Smith to command the group. Instead, Tampa Bay would benefit most from bringing Gruden to town as he would help the Bucs compete with the high-powered offenses of the New Orleans Saints and Carolina Panthers.

Devin O’Barr is the Content Commentator for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @DevinOBarrRS, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.

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