The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will reportedly hire Lovie Smith to be the franchise’s next head coach, according to FOX Sports’ Jay Glazer. [tweet https://twitter.com/JayGlazer/status/418558583911882752 align=”center”] [tweet https://twitter.com/JayGlazer/status/418560833430360064 align=”center”]
ESPN is reporting that Smith and the Buccaneers have agreed to a four-year contract.
Tampa Bay fired Greg Schiano on Monday after the former Rutgers man went 11-21 with a pair of last-place finishes in the NFC South division in two seasons as the head coach.
Smith brings a lot of experience to a Buccaneers roster that features several talented young players. The 55-year-old’s most recent coaching gig was with the Chicago Bears, whom he led to the playoffs three times in nine seasons, including a Super Bowl appearance in 2006 and an NFC Championship Game berth in 2010. He was fired by the Bears after the 2012 season.
Smith has a career head coaching record of 81-63 with five winning seasons.