Dec. 23, 2012; Glendale, AZ, USA: Chicago Bears head coach Lovie Smith against the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Lovie Smith may have mutual interest

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers said yesterday that the job of head coach Greg Schiano was safe, but after a 42-17 thrashing against the New Orleans Saints, the tides have changed and not only is Schiano out, but general manager Mark Dominik was fired as well. But Bucs fans won’t get too hung up on Schiano as they’ve finally rid themselves of his gap-toothed fury and are looking ahead to who will lead the coach next.

For months now, fans have been kicking around the name of Lovie Smith and now that Schiano is officially gone, Jason La Canfora is jumping on rumblings he’s hearing about there being possible mutual interest between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Lovie Smith.

Smith was on Tony Dungy’s staff back in the early 2000s and made his name in Tampa before becoming the head coach of the Chicago Bears. This has led to speculation that a Lovie Smith-Jay Cutler reunion could happen in Tampa but first that Buccanneers would need to get Smith on as their head coach.

It’s a distinct possibility, not only because of the history Smith and the Bucs share, but because Lovie’s laid back style goes completely against the Schiano dictatorship that was just overthrown. Nothing is imminent at the moment, but Lovie Smith returning to Tampa Bay is more than just something to ponder this Black Monday.

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  • Tony Viscardi

    Jay Cutler. REALLY!! I would much rather go forward with Glennen and work on his consistancy. He has a cannon for an arm and talent around him.

  • Tom Weissmann

    Laid back approach? It seemed to do wonders for the Bears’ teams he coached. I just don’t wanna waste Revis’ talents in the Tampa 2. Might as well trade him if that’s the case. I don’t think they should jump the gun and hire Smith but interview other candidates. I personally like three: Zimmer or Gruden from Cincy or Vic Fangio from SF. Any three of them could do wonders for either side of the ball for us.

  • Richard Watts

    Lovie yeah…Cutler no.