Apparently, it isn't taking long for Lovie Smith to assemble his staff with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Bucs named Smith the new head coach on Thursday. On Friday, ESPN's Josina Anderson reported that recently fired Minnesota Vikings head coach Leslie Frazier is going to be Smith's defensive coordinator:
Filed to ESPN: Leslie Frazier just text me "going to Tampa." Frazier then told me he will be the next defensive coordinator for the Bucs.— Josina Anderson (@JosinaAnderson) January 4, 2014
Frazier and Smith are longtime friends and major proponents of the Tampa-2 defensive scheme. Both men are disciples of former Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Indianapolis Colts head coach Tony Dungy.
The moment Smith was hired, this seemed like a natural fit.
Smith may not be done reaching out to old friends and former colleagues. Dallas Cowboys defensive line coach Rod Marinelli could get a call to play a role for the Bucs, per Ben Goessling of ESPN.com. He was Smith's defensive line coach and defensive coordinator with the Chicago Bears.
Smith and Frazier represent the Bucs making a strong commitment to a scheme that some see as outdated. Needless to say, if that notion can be proved inaccurate, Smith and Frazier are just the coaches to silence the naysayers.
Frazier had just one winning season in four years as the head man in Minnesota, leading the team to a wild-card berth in 2012 after the Vikings finished 10-6. He was removed as head coach on Dec. 30 after Minnesota finished the 2013 campaign 5-10-1.
Smith has also found the man to run his offense. Per Ian Rapoport of NFL.com, the Bucs have inked former University of California head coach Jeff Tedford to a two-year deal.
And the #Bucs 2-year deal for OC Jeff Tedford is done tonight, too, per source. Frazier gonna be on board Saturday. Staff roundin into shape— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) January 4, 2014
Tedford had a record of 82-57 with Cal and oversaw the collegiate career of Green Bay Packers star Aaron Rodgers, former NFL player Kyle Boller and others. He's known for his ability to develop quarterbacks.
The hire could be a solid fit to help bring rookie Mike Glennon along.
In Chicago, finding offensive leadership was a problem for Smith. Several coaches—including Mike Martz and Terry Shea—struggled to orchestrate effective offenses to aid Smith's traditionally strong defensive groups.
The staff has come together quick and efficiently. The Bucs should have a clear direction as to what players to target in the draft and free agency.
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