Dirk Koetter took to the podium at the NFL Scouting Combine to hold his second press conference as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach today. He didn't say a lot of interesting things -- head coaches rarely do -- but one thing was worth highlighting: the Bucs will be more multiple on defense.
Bucs HC Dirk Koetter: We'll be different. Mike Smith is our new DC, we have a long history together. Multiple on defense.— SB Nation NFL (@SBNationNFL) February 24, 2016
That's in stark contrast with Lovie Smith, who was fairly one-dimensional on defense, at least in terms of personnel groupings. Lovie Smith looks for prototypes at every position and builds his personnel around that, which has the advantage of allowing players to focus just on what they do best. The disadvantage is that talented players that don't necessarily fit one specific archetype can get pushed to the side.
That won't happen under Mike Smith, who still said that he'd use the 4-3 defense as a base. But he's more likely to be able to use a huge 4-3 defensive end in 3-4 line-ups, putting DeForest Buckner into play as a possible Tampa Bay player, and Noah Spence as a possible stand-up edge rusher -- at least part of the time. It essentially gives the Bucs a lot more room in the personnel department to select who they think is the best players, regardless of scheme.