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Mike Smith | DT

Team: Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Age / DOB:  (56) / 6/13/1959

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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. Jan 21 - 11:38 AM
Source: Bucs Nation

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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.
Jan 15 - 2:26 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.
Jan 15 - 10:12 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.
Jan 11 - 10:59 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.
Jan 9 - 1:46 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.
Jan 8 - 6:20 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.
Jan 4 - 3:09 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

The San Francisco Chronicle reports ex-Falcons coach Mike Smith wants to take 2015 off.

It's the Lovie Smith plan. The only team to show interest in Smith as a coordinator was the Raiders, and Smith must believe he's better off sitting out 2015 than hitching his wagon to Oakland's middling unit. Smith will presumably try to land another head job in 2016, or at least have his pick of defensive jobs.
Mon, Feb 2, 2015 01:25:00 PM

The Arizona Republic reports the Cardinals were interested in ex-Falcons coach Mike Smith as a senior defensive assistant, but that it "didn't work out."

The Cardinals are determined to promote from within to replace Todd Bowles, and Smith must have balked at being a mere defensive caretaker after running the entire show in Atlanta for seven years. If Smith is going to get a big-time job this offseason, his last shot appears to be Oakland's DC vacancy.
Thu, Jan 29, 2015 07:50:00 PM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports the Raiders will interview ex-Falcons coach Mike Smith for their defensive-coordinator vacancy.

NBC Washington's Dianna Marie Russini reported last week that Smith was unlikely to join new coach Jack Del Rio's staff. Smith worked under Del Rio as the Jaguars' defensive coordinator from 2003-2007 before landing the Atlanta job. The Raiders are also looking at Eric Mangini for the DC gig.
Tue, Jan 20, 2015 09:01:00 PM

NBC Washington reports ex-Falcons coach Mike Smith is unlikely to join Jack Del Rio's staff in Oakland as defensive coordinator.

Smith had been reported as Del Rio's "top choice." Smith coordinated the Jaguars' defense from 2003-07 before being hired as the Falcons' head coach.
Fri, Jan 16, 2015 03:10:00 PM

The Contra Costa Times' Steve Corkran reports ex-Falcons coach Mike Smith would be Jack Del Rio's "top choice" as defensive coordinator if Del Rio gets a head-coaching job.

Del Rio is currently meeting with the Raiders. Smith was Del Rio's defensive coordinator for the Jaguars from 2003-2007 when Del Rio was head coach in Jacksonville. Smith has also been loosely linked to the Giants' DC job.
Tue, Jan 13, 2015 09:59:00 PM

ESPN Giants writer Dan Graziano expects ex-Falcons coach Mike Smith to be a candidate for New York's defensive-coordinator vacancy.

Smith is said to be "well liked and respected" by coach Tom Coughlin. The two have never worked together, but Smith took over as the Jaguars' defensive coordinator in 2003, the season after Coughlin was fired by Jacksonville. Graziano mentions Bills DL coach Pepper Johnson, Ravens DBs coach Steve Spagnuolo, Falcons DC Mike Nolan, ex-Raiders coach Dennis Allen, Bills DC Jim Schwartz, and 49ers DC Vic Fangio as other candidates for the Giants' DC gig.
Wed, Jan 7, 2015 11:42:00 AM

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