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Team: Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Age / DOB:  (57) / 6/13/1959
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Bucs DC Mike Smith has withdrawn his name from consideration for the Chargers' head-coaching vacancy, and signed an extension in Tampa.
Smith looked like one of the favorites in San Diego — excuse us, Los Angeles — so this could be a repudiation of a toxic organization slated to spend the next two years in a temporary stadium. There have been rumors the Bolts want to foist their current offensive staff on any new hire, which if true is the exact sort of thing that would scare a veteran like Smith away. Smith did an excellent job with the Bucs' defense this season, turning it into an above-average unit down the stretch. Jan 12 - 6:56 PM

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PFT's Mike Florio reports Bucs DC Mike Smith has emerged as the "top guy" in the Jaguars' head-coaching search.

Smith has interviewed with Jacksonville and San Diego. He and Jaguars GM Dave Caldwell worked together in Atlanta for five years before Caldwell took the Jaguars' GM job. In those five years, Smith went 56-24 and made the playoffs four times. Smith's star faded before getting fired after the 2014 season. He just wrapped up his first season with the Bucs. Smith also coordinated Jacksonville's defense under coach Jack Del Rio from 2003-07.
Jan 9 - 9:18 AM

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports Bucs DC Mike Smith will interview for the Chargers' head-coaching vacancy on Thursday.

Panthers DC Sean McDermott is another name the Bolts have reportedly added to their list. Smith was reasonably successful as the Falcons' coach, but won only one playoff game in seven seasons. He'd be about as vanilla of a hire as possible. The Jaguars are also interested.
Jan 3 - 7:29 PM

Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times reports Bucs DC Mike Smith will interview for the Jaguars' coaching vacancy.

Pro Football Weekly believes Smith is one of the top candidates for the job. Smith led the Falcons to a 66-46 record and four playoff appearances in seven seasons with the team from 2008-2014, and he helped spark a defensive turnaround in his first season in Tampa Bay this year. The Jaguars have also been linked with Falcons OC Kyle Shanahan.
Jan 2 - 11:16 AM

Pro Football Weekly reports Bucs DC Mike Smith is a top candidate for Jacksonville's head coaching job.

The Jaguars are expected to wait until after the season to fire Gus Bradley. Multiple sources tell PFW that Smith "believes the job is his," and has "already begun reaching out to put a staff together." The Jaguars want a retread and have strong ties to Smith, who was their defensive coordinator for five years and worked with GM Dave Caldwell in Atlanta. Smith has turned around the Bucs defense over their five-game win streak, but they still rank in the bottom half of the league. His hiring would be a questionable fit for a team that already has a defense in place. Jacksonville has also been linked to ex-Giants coach Tom Coughlin.
Sat, Dec 17, 2016 05:39:00 PM

Pewter Report’s Scott Reynolds says DC Mike Smith is on the hot seat.

Smith is under fire after getting badly exposed the last two weeks. The Bucs have been among the worst defenses in the league, giving up a 500-plus yard game to Derek Carr Week 8 and not forcing a punt in Thursday night’s loss. This entire season has been a regression from Smith, who’s coaching under his former coordinator. There's rumors his scheme is "too complicated" from last season's Tampa-2. Smith’s ties with Dirk Koetter are strong, but there's potential for an in-season firing.
Sat, Nov 5, 2016 06:39:00 PM

New Bucs DC Mike Smith said he will run a "flexible" 4-3 scheme.

"It's gonna be very flexible," Smith said. "You can't line up in the same look and the same front every time, so we're going to have a lot of flexibility and we're going to identify what the players are capable of doing and try to give different looks to the quarterback." Former coach Lovie Smith did not run much deception pre-snap, so the defensive backs will be in for some adjustment. Even though Smith will use more odd fronts in his quest to become "flexible," the roles in the front seven will not change much in his scheme.
Source: Bucs Nation
Thu, Jan 21, 2016 11:38:00 AM

Buccaneers hired Mike Smith as defensive coordinator.

Smith interviewed for the Giants and Dolphins head coaching vacancies but didn't land either job. Now he'll replace Leslie Frazier, who served as the Bucs' defensive coordinator for two years before being fired along with Lovie Smith last week. Dirk Koetter, who was introduced as Tampa Bay's new head coach on Friday, served as Smith's offensive coordinator when Smith was head coach in Atlanta. Smith will keep the Bucs' 4-3 scheme intact.
Fri, Jan 15, 2016 02:26:00 PM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports ex-Falcons coach Mike Smith has emerged as a "hot name" as a defensive coordinator.

Smith interviewed for several head-coaching vacancies over the past two weeks, particularly interviewing well with the Giants and Dolphins and then being in the mix for the Bucs job, but he lost out on all three. It wouldn't be a surprise to see him land in Tampa Bay on new coach Dirk Koetter's staff. Smith was the head coach in Atlanta when Koetter was the OC.
Fri, Jan 15, 2016 10:12:00 AM

Ex-Falcons coach Mike Smith will interview for the Giants' head-coaching vacancy Monday.

The Giants are reportedly looking for someone with experience, and that is something Smith brings to the table after running the Falcons from 2008-14. Smith went 66-46 with four playoff appearances over that span, but the wheels fell off over the final two seasons. Smith is also rumored to be a candidate in Tampa Bay.
Mon, Jan 11, 2016 10:59:00 AM

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports the Giants will interview ex-Falcons coach Mike Smith for their head-coaching vacancy.

Smith interviewed for the Dolphins job which eventually went to Adam Gase and is rumored to be a candidate in Tampa Bay as well. With plenty of upside hires -- including current OC Ben McAdoo -- available, bringing in an uninspiring retread like Smith would show a disturbing lack of vision.
Sat, Jan 9, 2016 01:46:00 PM

CBS Sports’ Jason La Canfora "would be surprised" if Mike Smith doesn’t emerge as a strong candidate with the Bucs.

La Canfora mentioned Smith as a "head coach option," but we wouldn't be surprised if Smith instead emerged as a defensive coordinator candidate in Tampa Bay. Smith's Falcons offenses were coordinated by Dirk Koetter, and they may now look to reunite. Still, few (if any) head coaches have accepted jobs under former assistants. Koetter remains the favorite to replace Lovie Smith.
Fri, Jan 8, 2016 06:20:00 PM

The Dolphins are interviewing ex-Falcons HC Mike Smith for their head-coaching vacancy on Monday.

It's hard to imagine a less inspiring target for the Dolphins than Smith, who spent 2015 out of football and was largely mediocre during a six-year run with the Falcons that flamed out steadily after a hot start. The Dolphins will also interview Lions DC Teryl Austin, and have proactively eyed Patriots coordinators Josh McDaniels and Matt Patricia for interviews.
Mon, Jan 4, 2016 03:09:00 PM

CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora reports ex-Falcons coach Mike Smith is "ready to get back in" the league after taking this season off.

Smith was fired by the Falcons after last season and spent 2015 away from the game despite a number of teams expressing interest in him as a defensive coordinator, namely the Raiders and Dolphins. Smith fizzled out quickly in Atlanta, but teams looking for a coach with experience may have interest in Smith. He was the third-fastest coach in NFL history to reach 50 wins.
Source: CBS Sports
Mon, Dec 28, 2015 06:38:00 PM

NFL Network's Albert Breer reports, in addition to Jim Schwartz, the Dolphins also "discussed" ex-Falcons coach Mike Smith and ex-Bucs coach Greg Schiano to help with their defense.

Miami is clearly interested in upgrading from DC Kevin Coyle, either by outright replacing him or hiring someone to help him. Smith was fired by the Falcons after last season and had interest from the Raiders, 49ers, and Cardinals in the offseason before deciding to take the year off. Schiano last coached in 2013.
Wed, Oct 7, 2015 09:41:00 AM