Jan 6, 2014; Tampa, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Lovie Smith is introduced as head coach during a press conference at One Buccaneer Place. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Lovie Smith hires former LB Hardy Nickerson as assistant coach

One of the sticking points Tampa Bay Buccaneers fans had with the Greg Schiano regime was that it was trying to pretend the amazing and glorious past had never happened. The Tony Dungy era players, the Jon Gruden Super Bowl and all the past Buccaneers glory didn’t exist to the former head coach.

It very much exists to the new head coach, as not only has Lovie Smith stated he plans on integrating the Buccaneers history into the new regime, he’s bringing back players as part of his staff.

Tampa Bay hired former linebacker Hardy Nickerson as an assistant linebacker coach on Tuesday.

Now, it’s highly unlikely that Warren Sapp leaves his gig at NFL Network to join the staff, but Nickerson is a big part of the Buccaneers past and even played for Lovie Smith while he was in Tampa Bay. The connection to the Buccaneers years gone by will continue to be present with Lovie Smith, as it’s hard to believe that Nickerson will be the only former Buccaneers player brought in to help the Lovie Smith regime.

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