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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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ESPN: Lovie Smith Reaches Agreement to Coach Buccaneers

Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Lovie Smith has reached an agreement with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to become their new head coach, according to ESPN.

ESPN reports the deal is for four years, with a fifth-year team option, and is expected to pay Smith in excess of $5 million a year.

Smith was a linebackers coach in Tampa Bay for five seasons under Tony Dungy.

"Congratulations to the Bucs,'' Dungy tweeted. "I think they made a very good choice in hiring Lovie Smith. Now I'm excited about watching the Bucs next year!''

Smith coached the Chicago Bears from 2004-12, compiling an 81-63 record. He won NFL Coach of the Year in 2005 and also led the Bears to three NFC North titles  and a trip to the 2007 Super Bowl.

Smith takes over for Greg Schiano, who went 11-21 in two seasons as the Buccaneers' head coach.

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Buccaneers Fire Head Coach Greg Schiano, GM Mark Dominik

Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- After two seasons, Greg Schiano's time in the pros could be coming to an end as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers announced on Monday that they've let their head coach go, as well as general manager Mark Dominik.

Before coming to the NFL, Schiano had spent 11 seasons as the head coach at Rutgers University. He failed to find the same success at the NFL level that he had on the college ranks.

In two seasons in Tampa, Schiano went 11-21. After initial success in his first season, the team has steadily declined. Since Week 12 of last season, the Buccaneers have gone 5-17, which is tied for the worst record in the NFL during that time.

Meanwhile, Dominik had been the Buccaneers general manager since 2009.

Buccaneers co-chairman Bryan Glazer released a statement about letting Dominik go, saying, "The results over the past two years have not lived up to our standards and we believe the time has come to find a new direction. Mark has been a valued member of our organization for two decades and we respect the passion he showed for the Buccaneers during his time here."

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Buccaneers Place WR Mike Williams On IR

J. Meric/Getty Images(TAMPA, Fla.) -- Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Williams will miss the rest of the season after he was placed on injured reserve Monday due to a hamstring injury. 

“Mike had a hamstring injury that he tried to play through, but he just wasn’t effective doing it,” Buccaneers head coach Greg Schiano said. “He’ll get surgery now and be repaired and be fine, it’s just going to be a little bit of a recovery.”

In six games with the Bucs this season, the 26-year-old Williams had 22 receptions for 216 yards and two touchdowns.
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Buccaneers Release Quarterback Josh Freeman

Marc Serota/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The Josh Freeman era is over in Tampa Bay as the Buccaneers have released the embattled quarterback.

After benching him earlier in the season and unable to find a trade partner, the team decided to move on from the player they selcted 17th overall in the 2009 draft.

Freeman was in the final year of his deal, and reportedly never saw eye-to-eye with head coach Greg Schiano.

"We made the decision today to release Josh Freeman. We appreciate his efforts over the past five seasons, but we felt that this was the best interests of both Josh and the Buccaneers," Buccaneers general manager Mark Dominik said in a statement.

It was just a few years ago taht Freeman was considered among the best young quarterbacks in the NFL.

In 2010, he threw 25 touchdowns compared to just six interceptions. But in recent seasons, his touchdowns have gone down while his interceptions have gone up.

He was recently benched in favor of rookie quarterback Mike Glennon.

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Revis Meets with Greg Schiano

Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images(TAMPA, Fla.) -- Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Darrelle Revis cleared the air with head coach Greg Schiano on Wednesday after reports surfaced that the Pro-Bowler was unhappy in his new home and wasn't a fan of the coaches schemes.

Revis had a one-on-one meeting with Schiano on Wednesday.

"I just wanted to make sure we were on the same page," Revis said. "Those things in the paper do get out, rumors here and there. I just wanted to make sure. I wanted to talk to him personally, to say, 'Hey, just to let you know, I don't know if you know or if you believe it or not,' just to make sure he saw me.

"It's a tough time for this team. We're 0-2 and we don't want any distractions, so we want to focus and prepare for the team at hand each week," he continued.

Schiano didn't read too much into the reports, but said it was great to see Revis come up and address the issue.

"That was very brief and very nice of him to come up," Schiano told the media Wednesday. "It wasn't necessary. There's a lot of stuff floating around, I guess, and he said, 'Coach, I just want to set it straight.' It was good to see him but really not necessary. It was good that he came up. It wasn't requested. It was on him."

The Buccaneers will take on the New England Patriots (2-0) on Sunday.

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Darrelle Revis Practices for First Time

Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Darrelle Revis on Thursday practiced for the first time since tearing his ACL 10 months ago.

The Buccaneers acquired Revis from the New York Jets this offseason in exchange for the 13th overall pick in April's draft.  Following the addition, the team and Revis agreed to a six-year deal worth $96 million.

"I've been looking forward to this since I've been here, so it's been awesome to be out there with my teammates," Revis said after practice on Thursday. "To be out there with the coaches and just do what I love doing, playing football."

Tampa Bay head coach Greg Schiano said that Revis looked good and plans to take it "day by day" with the Pro Bowler.

Revis did not wear a brace on his left knee and participated in 11 of the teams' 24 drills.

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Safety Dashon Goldson Becoming a Leader in Tampa Bay

NFL via Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The Tampa Bay Buccaneers signed safety Dashon Goldson during the offseason for his All-Pro ability on the field.

Goldson spent his first six seasons with the San Francisco 49ers and emerged as one of the best defensive backs in the NFL, earning NFL All-Pro honors in 2012. He wound up signing a five-year deal with the Buccaneers for $41.25 million. So far, it has been money well spent.

"He keeps those two young corners out there just working and no one asked him to do that, and that's just what veterans need to do," Buccaneers head coach Greg Schiano said. "I mean, you start looking at our veterans here now, guys like Dashon, and we have some that I can lean on and I think the organization can lean on and you need that, so I'm glad he's ours. He cares a lot."

In Schiano's first year in Tampa Bay, the team ranked first in the NFL in stopping the pass, but dead last in stopping the run.

The team's secondary is expected to be much improved after signing Goldston and trading for cornerback Darrelle Revis.

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Greg Schiano Happy with Bucs First Season

Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The Tampa Bay Buccaneers finished 7-9 in 2012 under first year head coach Greg Schiano.

Schiano came to Tampa after rebuilding the Scarlet Knights of Rutgers University, returning the program to a contender in the Big East.

The Bucs’ finished 4-12 in 2011 and Schiano was asked how he thinks his first season went on ESPN Radio.

"It was a lot of fun, I really enjoyed playing in this league," said Schiano on Thursday.  "A lot of heartbreakers, a lot of missed opportunities.  Everybody in the league feels that way I'm sure."

Schiano saw his team lose eight games by seven points or fewer in 2012, but says he was happy to beat the NFC South champion Atlanta Falcons 22-17 in their final game of the season.

"That's the nature of this league, it's going to be tight ball games, and we're learning how to win those tight ball games," said Schiano.  "I was really pleased with the way our football team went out and played the final game against Atlanta."

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NFL Preview: Falcons At Buccaneers

David Dermer/Diamond Images/Getty Images(TAMPA) -- The Atlanta Falcons (9-1) will travel to Raymond James Stadium to take on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (6-4) on Sunday.

The Falcons are coming off a close 23-19 win over the Cardinals last Sunday, which featured a career-worst five interceptions by quarterback Matt Ryan.  The Buccaneers are coming off an exciting overtime win over the Panthers.

Tampa quarterback Josh Freeman is a big reason for his team’s success this season.  Freeman has posted a 106.1 passer rating and an NFL-best 8.58 yards per attempt since Oct. 1.

"We just have to continue doing what we're doing as far as starting fast and taking the extra time throughout the week to get prepared with the opening script," said Freeman.

Tampa Bay's defense is the NFL's best against the run (81.8 yards per game) and worst against the pass (312.6) and will have to stop a talented receiving core of Atlanta's.

"They're very talented, Matt Ryan's an excellent quarterback," said Tampa head coach Greg Schiano.  "Their scheme and coaching is very precise and efficient, they don't make a lot of mistakes."

Matt Ryan has thrown 20 touchdowns with 3,072 yards of offense and has a passer rating of 94.8.

"Every time we've played them, it's been a tough physical game," said Ryan.  "I've been impressed with their effort."

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