Buccaneers won't retain coaching staff under Lovie Smith

Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have said goodbye to their entire coaching staff now that Lovie Smith has been hired.

According to Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times, it "sounds like" the Tampa Bay Buccaneers will let all of their coaches walk out of the door.

This isn't official or definite, so there's a minor possibility that one or two coaches will be retained, but it is unlikely at this point. Auman reports that most assistants had a third-year club option this season that won't be picked up.

That means the Bucs have let go the best running backs coach in the business in Earnest Byner, and a quality offensive line coach in Bob Bostad. None of the other assistant coaches stand out in my mind right now.The Bucs may come back and try to hire some of these assistants under different terms as they assemble their coaching staff, but that is as of yet not the case.

The Bucs have reportedly agreed to terms with Jeff Tedford as offensive coordinator, while either Leslie Frazier or Rod Marinelli are expected to be brought in as defensive coordinator. We don't have any information on the coaching staff beyond that at this point, but we'll report any hirings as soon as we learn more.

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