Bucs sign defensive co-ordinator Smith to contract extension
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TAMPA, Fla. — Mike Smith says he's committed to helping the Tampa Bay Buccaneers realize their potential, not trying to become a head coach again.
The Bucs signed their defensive
Smith spoke with the Jaguars and the Chargers about head coaching vacancies this winter after an improved Bucs'
The Bucs (9-7) won six of eight following a 3-5 start and weren't eliminated from playoff contention until the final week of the season. The
Smith said he's excited about the direction of the Bucs under coach Dirk Koetter, who hired his former boss last winter. He looks forward to building on the success of the past season.
"While I did have a chance to speak with a few organizations about head coaching opportunities earlier this
Smith was 66-46 in seven seasons in Atlanta (2008-14), leading the Falcons to two NFC South titles and four playoff berths, including an appearance in the 2012 NFC championship game.
He was fired after going 10-22 over his last two seasons and spent a year out of football before Koetter, one of his former Falcons assistants, hired him last January.
Under Smith's direction, Tampa Bay's
"In addition to being a great teacher on the field and in the meeting rooms, Mike has consistently been able to get the most out of his players, and that was never more evident than this past season," Koetter said. "The growth and exceptional play of our
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