Bucs hire Lovie Smith

Bucs hire Lovie Smith
January 2, 2014, 4:00 am
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Would Art Briles be a good fit for the Redskins?

Another top coaching candidate is off the board.

According to multiple media reports the Bucs have hired Lovie Smith to be their next head coach. The move has been anticipated ever since the team fired Greg Schiano on Monday.

Smith has an impressive resume including being the defensive coordinator the 2001 NFC champion Rams and head coach for the 2006 NFC champion Bears. He is familiar with Tampa Bay, having served there as linebackers coach from 1996-2000.

The Bears fired Smith, 55, last year despite a 10-6 record. Tiebreakers kept them out of the playoffs. In fact, Chicago only made one playoff appearance in Smith’s last six years with the team. Overall the Bears went 81-63 with three playoff appearances in Smith’s nine-year tenure in Chicago.

Smith was out of football this past season. It is not known if there the Redskins ever inquired about talking to him about their open head coaching job.

Smith going to the Bucs means that there is one fewer quality candidate to choose from but it also means that there is one fewer team on the market. On Monday there were six teams in search of coaches and now, after the Bucs’ move and after the Texans hired Penn State coach Bill O’Brien, there are only four.