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Jan062014

Buccaneers Welcome Lovie Smith To Tampa Bay

Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images(TAMPA, Fla.) -- The Tampa Bay Buccaneers introduced Lovie Smith as their new head coach on Monday.

The 55-year-old Smith takes over for Greg Schiano, who was fired last week after compiling a record of 11-21 over the past two seasons. He inherits a team that began the 2013 campaign with eight straight losses before finishing the year 4-12.

This will be Smith’s second stint with the Bucs. He previously served as their linebackers coach under Tony Dungy from 1996 through 2000.

“There’s a certain brand of football that you expected from us,” Smith said during his news conference. “You knew we’d be relentless, we would play hard, physical, but there was a brand of football that you did get from us each week. At Raymond James Stadium, it was hard for opponents to come in and win. We have gotten away from that a little bit, and it is time, as we go to the future, for us to become a relevant team again.

From 2004 through 2012, Smith was the head coach of the Chicago Bears, where he went 81-63, including an appearance in Super Bowl XLI.

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