The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have hired former Atlanta Falcons head coach Mike Smith to be their next defensive coordinator, according to the team’s official Twitter.
Smith, 56, replaces Leslie Frazier, who was let go along with former head coach Lovie Smith earlier this month after Tampa Bay went 6-10 (up from 2-14 in 2014) in 2015 despite the team ranking 10th in total defense, up from 25th in 2014.
And Smith will now be working under a former coordinator of his, as Tampa Bay promoted offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter to head coach after the Bucs ranked fifth in total offense on the back of a strong rookie campaign by quarterback Jameis Winston and running back Doug Martin’s resurgent year. Koetter was Smith’s offensive coordinator in Atlanta for three years before heading to Tampa Bay in 2015.
Needless to say, even though Smith is a strong coach and went 66-46 in seven years with Atlanta, look for him to be a fine addition to Koetter’s coaching staff and keep taking Tampa Bay’s young defense forward.
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