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Glazer: Buccaneers bringing Lovie Smith aboard as new coach

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Lovie Smith served as Bears head coach from 2004-12.
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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have settled on Lovie Smith as their next head coach and were working Wednesday night to finalize a contract, FOX Sports 1 NFL Insider Jay Glazer reported.

Smith, 55, sat out this year after being fired by the Chicago Bears at the conclusion of the 2012 season. He was 81-63 in nine years at the helm in Chicago, including a 10-6 record in his final season. Smith directed the Bears to the Super Bowl in the 2006 season.

The Bucs fired Greg Schiano after a 4-12 season. They were 11-21 in Schiano's two turbulent years as coach, as his abrasive style wore thin with some players.

Smith quietly interviewed with the Bucs this week, and they moved quickly to make him their guy, Glazer reported.

Smith is a familiar figure in Tampa Bay, having served as Bucs linebackers coach from 1996-2000. Smith, a defense-minded coach, is expected to bring in former Cal head coach Jeff Tedford as his offensive coordinator.

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