The Tampa Bay Bucs have parted ways with Greg Schiano and now they have an opening at head coach and general manager. GM Mark Dominick is also out of a job as well on this Black Monday and it is not clear where the organization is headed at this point.
The possible front runner for the job is someone who knows the Tampa Bay fan base better than any other coach out there. The man is Lovie Smith, who was in the running for the Houston job before they fell in love with Penn State with head coach Bill O’Brien.
But Smith is well respected all around the NFL and Smith loves the Tampa Bay Bucs and would be a perfect fit for the team. He is a strong organizer with the rare ability to garner respect from his players while being a great communicator.
ESPN is reporting that the former Bucs assistant coach could return to Tampa Bay along with another old friend of the team Rich McKay.
As the head coach of the Chicago Bears head coach Smith led the team to the post season in 2005, 2006 and 2010. He led the Bears to the NFC Championship and a Super Bowl in 2006 where they lost to former Tampa Bay head coach and mentor Tony Dungy’s Colts team led by Peyton Manning.
He was 10-6 in his last season in 2012 at Chicago where he was fired more for not beating Green Bay. He only had three losing seasons in his nine years as the head coach in the Windy City.