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Lovie-ing the Bucs' coaching hire

Then-Chicago Bears head coach Lovie Smith of the

Then-Chicago Bears head coach Lovie Smith of the Chicago Bears looks on as his team plays the Carolina Panthers at Soldier Field. Credit: Getty, 2012

Lovie Smith going to the Buccaneers might turn out to be the best coaching hire this year. The former Bears head coach replaces Greg Schiano, who was fired after two seasons.

Smith offers instant credibility, having gotten the Bears to the Super Bowl in 2006. His defenses have been among the most effective in the game, and he can easily bring together the talented group in Tampa that struggled under Schiano's autocratic style.

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