Report: Lovie Smith 'favorite' for Buccaneers job

Report: Lovie Smith 'favorite' for Buccaneers job
December 30, 2013, 2:30 pm
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Lovie Smith's time as a former NFL head coach might not last very long.

According to a report from ESPN's Adam Schefter, the ex-Bears head coach is the "favorite" to land the recently vacated head-coaching job with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

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Smith was an assistant in Tampa Bay for five seasons, coaching the linebackers under Tony Dungy from 1996 to 2000. He then took over as the Rams' defensive coordinator for three seasons before a nine-year tenure as the Bears' head man. Smith posted an 81-63 record with the Bears, leading them to three division championships, three playoff appearances and a trip to the Super Bowl.

The Bucs' job became available Monday when head coach Greg Schiano was fired after two seasons.

One last interesting note, the Bears play host to the Buccaneers next season.