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Johnthan Banks is happy Lovie Smith is gone

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Johnthan Banks is really happy that Lovie Smith is no longer the Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach, and he's not afraid to show it.

This isn't the first time Banks took to Twitter to throw some shade at his former coach, either.

Banks was repeatedly benched by Lovie Smith but still managed seven starts last year, in part because the secondary was hit with injuries, and every cornerback outside of Sterling Moore played terrible football. When Banks did get on the field, he didn't exactly cover himself in glory either.

The Bucs hope that new defensive coordinator Mike Smith and new defensive backs coach Brett Maxie will energize Banks and Alterraun Verner, who was also benched several times last year. Banks enters his fourth year and is scheduled to be a free agent in 2017, so this is as good a time as any to ball out.