Buccaneers In Lovie With New Coaching Staff
By Christopher Scali
The time has come to formally welcome Lovie Smith to Tampa Bay. The Buccaneers made headlines the other day when Smith was named the 10th head coach in franchise history - one of the smartest decisions the team has made in a very long time. The sunken ship has been discovered down in the misty bay and Smith is ready to dive deep to discover some hidden treasures.
Smith actually comes already equipped with some coaching experience in Tampa Bay. He served as the linebackers coach for the team 1996-2003 while he helped develop the defensive scheme that became known as the Tampa 2. I can only imagine what Smith has up his sleeves for next season. He is going to work hard to turn this team around in a hurry, and a Super Bowl contender will be on the rise. I am tired of the Buccaneers finishing with a losing record, and Smith is not going to expect anything less than a trip to the playoffs next year. He is going to revamp the roster and mold average players into Pro Bowlers.
The Buccaneers have been making other moves to fill coaching positions on the staff as well. Tampa Bay recently hired Jeff Tedford from the University of California as the new offensive coordinator. I really like this selection for the Bucs, as Tedford coached in a Pac-12 Conference that develops outstanding players and coaches every year. Just look at former Oregon coach Chip Kelly and his transformation of the Philadelphia Eagles if you are in need of an example. Smith and Tedford are going to make the Buccaneers the team to beat in the NFC South.
Tampa Bay is undoubtedly going to be a little different next seaon. Fresh sails will be raised, polished cannons will be ready to fire and a new captain will be ready to steer this team to victory.
Fire the Cannons!