Now, that the trigger has been pulled, and the GM and the fan’s favorite candidate has been hired as head coach in Tampa, Who will Dirk and company look for to fill the role of the defensive coordinator? With the sneak peek into next year’s schedule, the Buccaneers are going to need someone who can help get our talented, defensive guy’s back to the realm of relevancy.
“Koetter’s first big move will be finding a defensive coordinator to revamp the defense and finalize the defensive coaching staff. Mike Smith is the only name we’ve heard as a possible candidate, which makes sense: he was the Falcons’ head coach when Koetter was the offensive coordinator in Atlanta, and the two worked together in Jacksonville in 2007, so the two have a history together. Smith also runs a 4-3 defense, albeit one with more 3-4 influences than most — he had Mike Nolan install essentially a hybrid defense during the final three years in Atlanta. Smith could also help Koetter adjust to being an NFL head coach, given his own success in that role, while having the network necessary to bring in quality defensive assistants.” – Reported by Sander Philipse
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