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Tampa Bay Buccaneers Hire Away Their Defensive Coordinator Mike Smith

Tampa Bay Buccaneers DC Mike Smith after a take away

Tampa Bay Buccaneers Hire Away Their Defensive Coordinator Mike Smith

BY Matthew Long

@mattlongsports

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers and their fans are letting out a sigh of relief…Thursday the team confirmed that they are extending the contract of Defensive Coordinator Mike Smith. It was thought by many around that football world that he would be receiving a Head Coach position this offseason, and although he interviewed for different gigs, he was hired again for the position he held this past season.

Smith had interviewed for the Jacksonville Jaguars and San Diego Chargers (now the Los Angeles Chargers), he was rumored to be the top pick for both franchises, but ultimately he decided to withdraw his name from contention. The terms of the defensive play-caller’s multi-year contract extension with the Bucs is undisclosed.

The players that Smitty started to meld with over the final eight games of the season were excited to see him come back.

Now, the Bucs can start game planning for the 2017 season with which begins with evaluating both college and professional talent. This team could use more depth at several positions and upgrades at others. The 92nd East-West Shrine Game that will be at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, FL on January 21, Reese’s Senior Bowl will be the following week on January 28, and the 2017 League Year starts on March 9. All of this will be preparation for the NFL Draft and Free Agency.

They have a chance to build on their final eight weeks of the 2016 season, where the Pewter Pirates’ defense ranked among the top in the NFL in yards allowed per game (13th, 337.0), sacks (T-5th, 21), points allowed per game (4th, 17.1), third-down percentage allowed (3rd, 31.9), points allowed per game (4th, 17.1), opponent passer rating (2nd, 82.9), interceptions (1st, 13),  and takeaways (1st, 18).

That seems to be plenty of reason to hire away your DC from potential head coaching gigs.

 

[Photo: Cliff Welch / Icon Sportswire]

 

 

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Tampa Bay Buccaneers Hire Away Their Defensive Coordinator Mike Smith
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