Mike Smith is prone to running a successful 4-3 defense, but in the last few years at Atlanta, he was running a 3-4. Tampa is known for running a 4-3 type of defense, and the Tampa 2 was a 4-3 based defense. So it will be interesting to see what Mike Smith has up his sleeve.
Tampa went 8-24 with Lovie Smith’s style of the Tampa 2, and without going into too many details, Mike Smith said his defense will be “flexible … simple for our players, and complex for the quarterbacks, and opposing coaching staff.”
“In this day, and age, you have to give different looks. You can’t line up in the same look, and same front every time, so we’re going to have a lot of flexibility and we’re going to identify what the players are capable of doing,” Smith said.