Buccaneers hire Mike Smith to run defense

Credit: Curtis Compton

Credit: Curtis Compton

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have hired former Falcons head coach Mike Smith as their defensive coordinator.

Smith joins the staff of former Falcons offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter, who was promoted to be the 11th head coach in the Bucs' history. The two first worked in Jacksonville in 2007 when Smith was defensive coordinator and Koetter was the Jaguars' offensive coordinator.

Koetter served as Smith's offensive coordinator in Atlanta from 2012 to 2014.

The Falcons fired Smith - the winningest coach in franchise history - following the 2014 season. Smith had a 66-46 record in his seven-year tenure in Atlanta, along with a 1-4 mark in the playoffs.

Smith is expected to boost a Bucs defense that finished 10th in the league in yards allowed.

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