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Lovie Smith | Defensive Lineman

Team: Unsigned Free Agent
Age / DOB:  (58) / 5/8/1958
College: Tulsa
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Former Bucs and Bears coach Lovie Smith has been hired as head coach at the University of Illinois.
Smith lasted two years in Tampa Bay before surprisingly being shoved out the door in January so the Bucs could promote OC Dirk Koetter to head coach. Smith has midwest ties after coaching the Bears from 2004-2012 and serving as the Rams' defensive coordinator from 2001-2003. It's a very solid splash hire for an Illinois program that has fallen off the map in recent years. Mon, Mar 7, 2016 12:17:00 PM

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Buccaneers fired head coach Lovie Smith.

Although this was not an expected move, it's somewhat understandable after Lovie went 8-24 in two years with Tampa Bay, including a four-game losing streak to close out 2015. Early rumors have the Bucs staying in-house and potentially promoting OC Dirk Koetter to head coach. Smith's defense improved over the course of his final season, but his principles and defensive philosophy seem largely outdated. Smith's offenses have always been committed to the run -- arguably to a fault -- and that remained the case with the 2015 Bucs. If Koetter does replace Lovie, we wouldn't be surprised to see Jameis Winston turn it loose more in 2016.
Wed, Jan 6, 2016 10:35:00 PM

Bucs coach Lovie Smith will call the team's defensive plays in 2015.

Smith is stripping DC Leslie Frazier of play-calling duties, and putting himself back on the hot seat. It makes sense for a team that went 2-14 in 2014. Smith called his own plays for years in Chicago, and might as well control as much as he reasonably can as he tries to turn things around.
Thu, Aug 20, 2015 04:34:00 PM

The Bucs will clinch the No. 1 overall pick in the 2015 draft if they lose to the Saints Sunday.

The Tampa Bay Times has worked out all the math surrounding the tiebreakers and determined that the Bucs control their own destiny here in their "battle" with the Titans. It gets a little tricky this week though, as they're at home facing a Saints team that will have a hard time finding motivation after getting knocked out of the playoffs by the Falcons last week. The Titans take on the Colts. Either way, the Bucs have locked up one of the top-two picks and will likely spend it on a quarterback -- either Marcus Mariota or Jameis Winston.
Tue, Dec 23, 2014 08:53:00 AM

Buccaneers hired Lovie Smith as head coach.

Credit Adam Schefter for first tabbing Smith as the heavy favorite in Tampa, and Jay Glazer for breaking news of the actual hire. Previous reports have indicated Smith will be accompanied by Jeff Tedford to coordinate the Bucs' offense, and Leslie Frazier to run the defense. Turning 56 in May, Smith spent 2013 out of football after being fired by the Bears, where he was head coach for nine years and earned an 81-63 record with one Super Bowl appearance. Smith is set up for success with the Buccaneers, who have far more talent than their 4-12 2013 record suggests. The Bucs are hiring Smith before a general manager, which suggests Lovie will have plenty of personnel power. We'd view this as a fairly high-risk, boom-or-bust hire despite Smith's successful track record.
Wed, Jan 1, 2014 08:46:00 PM

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports the Lions are "pushing hard" to interview Lovie Smith for their head-coaching job.

The Detroit Free Press had a similar report Wednesday morning, and RapSheet says there's a "good chance it happens." Smith is also in the Buccaneers' crosshairs. At the very least, he'd satisfy the Rooney Rule for the Lions.
Wed, Jan 1, 2014 08:03:00 PM

Lovie Smith is expected to get an interview with the Lions for their head coaching vacancy.

Former Bears coach Smith is considered the favorite to land the Bucs job. But some good leverage never hurt anyone, so he'll be chatting with the Lions as well. Jim Caldwell, Tom Cable and Ken Whisenhunt are also thought to be on Detroit's list as they look to replace Jim Schwartz.
Wed, Jan 1, 2014 09:14:00 AM

The Bucs will interview Lovie Smith for their head-coaching vacancy.

ESPN's Adam Schefter reported Monday that Smith is the "favorite" to land the Tampa Bay job. NFL Network's Ian Rapoport seconds that and says there's a "lot of mutual interest." Smith reportedly has plans to bring Jeff Tedford along as his offensive coordinator wherever he lands.
Tue, Dec 31, 2013 10:45:00 AM

Lovie Smith plans to hire former Cal coach Jeff Tedford as his offensive coordinator if Lovie lands an NFL head-coaching job.

ESPN's Adam Schefter reported Monday that Smith is the "favorite" to be Tampa Bay's next head coach. Tedford ran a pro-style offense in college, where he coached up Kyle Boller, Akili Smith, Trent Dilfer, Joey Harrington, and Aaron Rodgers, earning recognition as an NCAA quarterbacks guru. Tedford was fired by Cal following the 2012 season. He has zero NFL experience.
Mon, Dec 30, 2013 04:20:00 PM

According to the Tampa Bay Times, ex-Bears coach Lovie Smith is "very interested" in the Bucs' job, while ESPN's Adam Schefter reports he's the "favorite" to replace Greg Schiano.

Schefter's report is via "multiple league sources." With the interest seemingly coming from both sides, a deal could get done very quickly. Even were Smith not to get the job in Tampa, he'll likely garner interest from any team looking for a defensive-minded head coach. According to NFL.com's Ian Rapoport, there's a "lot of talk of bringing the old Tampa group together." That would include Smith and former Bears GM/Bucs director of player personnel Jerry Angelo.
Mon, Dec 30, 2013 02:56:00 PM

FOX Sports' Jay Glazer reported Sunday that the Texans had a seven-hour interview with Lovie Smith this past week, and have stayed in touch with him since.

Glazer added that Chargers OC Ken Whisenhunt is a "hot name" in Houston, and could be next on owner Bob McNair's list of interviewees. McNair seems intent on hiring a retread head coach, pursuing candidates with NFL head-coaching experience. Whisenhunt (Cardinals) and Lovie (Bears) both fit the bill.
Sun, Dec 22, 2013 12:27:00 PM

The Texans have interviewed Lovie Smith for their vacant head coaching position.

As expected, Lovie gets the first interview in Houston. He was out of the league this year after getting fired in Chicago following the 2012 season, but would bring a ton of NFL experience to a team that has stated its desire for just that. During nine seasons with the Bears, the defensive-minded Smith went 81-63, made the playoffs three times and lost to the Colts in Super Bowl XLI. The Texans are also expected to pursue Penn State's Bill O'Brien, Chargers OC Ken Whisenhunt and possibly Texas A&M's Kevin Sumlin.
Thu, Dec 19, 2013 12:16:00 PM

Lovie Smith is expected to be the first candidate interviewed for the Texans head coaching vacancy.

The Texans are looking for someone with head-coaching experience as they seek Gary Kubiak's replacement. Their current shortlist includes Smith, Stanford coach David Shaw and Chargers OC Ken Whisenhunt. Per the Houston Chronicle, the Texans will not try to hire ESPN's Jon Gruden or soon-to-be-fired Redskins coach Mike Shanahan. Houston could also show interest in Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin, who is a Purdue product just like GM Rick Smith.
Mon, Dec 9, 2013 10:13:00 AM

Owner Bob McNair acknowledged Friday that Lovie Smith is already under consideration for the Texans' head-coaching vacancy.

Same goes for interim coach Wade Phillips. "Some of people we’ll visit with are in coaching situations now, so this will be held on a confidential basis," McNair said. "We’ll give Wade an opportunity to interview for the position." In addition to a coach with NFL head-coaching experience, McNair is seeking candidates who are "Bright, ethical ... and able to make adjustments."
Fri, Dec 6, 2013 04:05:00 PM

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