Buccaneers Head Coach Rumors


Here’s a running list of rumors related to the Buccaneers head coach and GM searches.

  • Ian Rapoport reports that Lovie Smith is the “clear favorite” for the Buccaneers job after already interviewing for the position. (Update: 4:21 pm)
  • Jason La Canfora mentions that the Lions and Buccaneers are “most likely” to hire Lovie Smith.
    • La Canfora adds that former Vikings HC Leslie Frazier could join Smith as his defensive coordinator with either team.



  • Ian Rapoport report that former Bears HC Lovie Smith will be the first candidate for interview for the Buccaneers head coaching job.
    • Rapoport reiterates that Lovie is the “favorite” and there is a “lot of mutual interest” between the two parties.

We’ll have continuous updates post here as the news is available, so be sure to check back.



  • ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that the Buccaneers are also considering former Texans HC Gary Kubiak for their job as well. (Update: 4:14pm)
  • Adam Schefter reports that multiple league sources have informed him that former Bears HC Lovie Smith is considered the “favorite” for the Buccaneers job. (Update: 2:04pm)
    • Ian Rapoport reports that there is “a lot of talk” regarding the Bucs hiring HC Lovie Smith, GM Jerry Angelo and Tim Ruskell.  (Update: 2:04 pm)
    • If Lovie Smith does end up with the Buccaneers job, there is a chance he could go after Cowboys OL coach Rod Marinelli as defensive coordinator, according to Ian Rapoport. (Update: 2:22 pm)
    • Jason Cole mentions that former University of California HC Jeff Tedford could be the Bucs offensive coordinator if  Lovie Smith is hired. (Update: 2:55 pm)
    • Jason Cole adds that Giants personnel man Marc Ross could also follow Lovie Smith to Tampa Bay. (Update: 4:30 pm)
    • Rick Stroud confirms that the Buccaneers have made contact with Lovie Smith. (Update: 5:25pm)
  • ESPN’s Chris Mortensen reports that the Buccaneers will consider bringing back former staffers Rich McKay and former Bears HC Lovie Smith. 
  • Rick Stroud mentioned that he would be very surprised if the Buccaneers do not reach out to Smith.
  • Stroud adds that the decision to fire Schiano and Dominik came down to: 1) No return on a huge investment in free agents, 2) Darrelle Revis.


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