It is official. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have hired former Chicago Bears head coach Lovie Smith as their new head coach just a day after letting Greg Schiano go. In a complete reversal of fortune, the Bucs have made quite the move to better their future. Smith is one of the most highly-respected coaches in all of football and has a knack for coaching up the defensive side of the ball.
In Tampa Bay, this couldn’t be more of a perfect fit. With playmakers like LaVonte David, Darrelle Revis, DaShon Goldson and Mark Barron, among others, Smith comes into the absolute perfect scenario for immediate success. With his experience coaching the likes of the Bears defense, Smith will work wonders on an already-talented group.
For those wondering, the Bears led the NFL with 310 takeaways in Smith’s tenure.
The good news doesn’t stop there for the Bucs, though. There are now sources saying that another big name should be soon to follow Smith to Tampa Bay.
Report: Ex-#Vikings coach Leslie Frazier to work as defensive coordinator for new Tampa Bay Bucs coach Lovie Smith.
— St. Cloud Times (@sctimes) January 2, 2014
The St. Cloud Times, central Minnesota’s leading source for news, is reporting that Leslie Frazier will work for Smith as his defensive coordinator. This has been the feeling among many league sources such as Tom Pelissero of USA TODAY and Ian Rapoport of NFL.com.
If and when Frazier agrees with the Bucs, Tampa Bay immediately guarantees their defense to be a top-5 unit in 2014. It’s not going to be that lofty of a prediction, considering the type of talent they already boast on that side of the ball. With Frazier and Smith teamed up, the Bucs’ defense is going to be something scary next season.