Locked In

January 13th, 2017
MIke Smith speaks

Mike Smith speaks

The question of the day was whether Mike Smith’s new contract included an agreement that he wouldn’t/couldn’t seek a head coaching job this time next year.

Question answered.

Smith released a statement this afternoon explaining he’s locked in to Tampa Bay for a couple of seasons.

“I am excited about what we are building here in Tampa Bay and would like to thank the Glazer family, Jason Licht and Dirk Koetter for showing faith in what we are doing on the defensive side of the ball,” Smith said. “I think we grew quite a bit as a defense this past season and I look forward to working with my staff and our players to continue building upon what we have started. While I did have a chance to speak with a few organizations about head coaching opportunities earlier this offseason, it became very clear to me that I am in an ideal situation here with the Buccaneers. For the next couple years, I am fully committed and focused on my role with Dirk and the organization and will not be pursuing head coaching opportunities during this time.”

Exciting stuff. This means Team Glazer made it worth Smith’s while, as Joe wrote last night.

Major league play by Team Glazer. That rarely happens from ownership to a coordinator. But hey, if they could stroke Vincent Jackson a wasted $10 million last season, an extra couple of million a year for Smith is no big deal.

Now the Bucs have what so many franchises crave: continuity with a quality coaching staff and a franchise quarterback. That’s usually the NFL’s winning tonic.

56 Responses to “Locked In”

  1. K2 Says:

    Great jobs Bucs…building a winner!

  2. Trubucfan22 Says:

    Any word how many years the contract is? Did it include a promotion? Glad Mike is commiting to this team. This is awesome!

  3. Vincente Says:

    I am so damn happy about this. He is staying because he believes in what is going on in Tampa, I see a championship for this team ver very soon

  4. BuccaneerByBirth Says:

    What’s that smell? It smells like…..stability?!?! In Tampa Bay?!?! Raise your glasses boys and girls! Here’s a toast to the team Glazer and Jason

  5. Lord Cornelius Says:

    Holy f*cking sh1t yes!

  6. Abdominal snowmab Says:

    Wow I was estatic to hear we got him back but was worried we would be in the same place next year. This is amazing news, we finally will have continuity on this team.

    Seems like this organization is working like a well oiled machine. With everyone including executives doing their jobs and staying in their lanes. No toe stepping just fluidity in communication.

    We will look back at this as an integral piece of the puzzle that turned this franchise around. GO BUCS!!!!

  7. Pickgrin Says:

    ” But hey, if they could stroke Vincent Jackson a wasted $10 million last season, an extra couple of million a year for Smith is no big deal.”

    Exactly Joe.

    Glazers paid $192M for this team 22 years ago. I obviously don’t know what the balance sheet reads – but I’m guessing they’ve profited a good bit more than that over the past 2 decades. + the team is now valued at like $1.4B (that’s B as in BILLION).

    Whats a few Million to keep a very good defensive coach who is helping to turn this team around quickly? Its nothing. $ well spent!!

    Good job team Glazer.

    With the continuity of coaching staff intact for at least 2 more years – we can look forward to VERY good things for this franchise.

    I think its time to go all out in free agency spending with that mountain of available cap space and be in total “win now” mode from this moment forward while we still have Jameis and Kwon and the Oline 2nd rounders still under rookie contracts for the next 2 years.

  8. Fritz59 Says:

    “Major league play by Team Glazer. That rarely happens from ownership to a coordinator. But hey, if they could stroke Vincent Jackson a wasted $10 million last season, an extra couple of million a year for Smith is no big deal.”

    Not calling you out, or anything like that, but didn’t the Glazers do something similar with Monty Kiffin..back in the day? Not the Glazers fault they haven’t had a coach worthy of such attention between then & now. Course, I believe Monty had a bigger body of work, when they did it with him.

  9. MarineBucsFan Says:

    Hell yeah!!!

  10. Sumo Says:

    This is the best news Bucsfans have had since Tony Dungy was named head coach. Defense still wins championships. believe that.

  11. NCMike Says:

    This just blows! You so called Bucs fans know GM Licht had a hand in this! He can’t sign anything right and just put us back a few years! Will the mediocrity ever change? Lol

  12. tdtb2015 Says:

    Smitty has turned the The of Depression into a Wolf Den!

    The Best is Yet To Come!!!!

    Go Bucs!!!

  13. tdtb2015 Says:

    Ahhhh no! Sumo

    This is the best news Bucsfans have had since Jon Gruden was named head coach. Defense still wins championships with a decent offense and play caller. Dungy was to polite to kick Philadelphia’s a$$$$$!

    Playoffs will become the norm as Winston said!

  14. Eric Says:

    Is anyone else under the impression that he solely wanted the Jacksonville gig?

  15. Dreambig Says:

    This is awsome news! Stability with two exceptional coaches and the nucleus of a good team. The future seems bright indeed. Now all we need is to get Jameis some more weapons, take a little pressure off him and help him to grow into a QB who walks the talk on the biggest game days. If he can reduce the interceptions, and turn into the truely lethel threat that we hope he can be, we can become a dynasty for years to come.

  16. DislocatedBucsFan Says:


  17. DB55 Says:

    an extra couple of million a year is no big deal.
    Goals af.

  18. Phillip Says:


    I fully believe he would have ran to Jax if need be… The HC job will be open again in 2 years which is why the word couple was used with Smith

  19. The Buc Realist Says:

    What a difference a year and 1 week make!!!! The Buds have risen even past my expectaions!!!!! No one is going to want to line up with the Buds this coming year!!!!!

    And we only had some bridge players and rookies added to movie leftovers!!!! They coached the movie out of most of the roster!!! Now we will start to see the “real” defense!!!

    Thank you Coach Smitty for being a great coach and staying in Tampa!!!!

    Coaching improvement indeed!!!!!!!!

    Go Bucs!!!!!!!!!

  20. R.O. Says:

    C’mon.. he signed a 1 yr extension, which means it runs through the 2018 season assistant coaches typically have 2 year deals. Smitty would not commit to Bortles as the QB which is why he was passed over… Smitty never wanted the crappy Chargers job which is why he removed himself.

  21. Buc1987 Says:

    Vincente …sooner than you think.

    Exciting times on the horizon.

    This is part of the reason us die-hards hang on through the suck.

    Futility makes winning sweeter. I learned that being a Bucs fan for 30 years.

  22. Kobe Faker Says:

    Great Job, but…

    Our problem is not the defensive side but the offensive side coaching our Franchise QB

    Look at the NFL experience of our QB coach, Recievers coach (offensive coodinator by name) and our Clown HC before Jameis winston

    Everyday we are hearing teams grabbing Off Coordinators with over 15 years of NFL experience and developing QBs

    Because of our Koetters insecurity, He will not bring a legitimate offensive coordinator

    Jameis Winston has regressed this year

    i will bet 2 months of my foodstamp card(my mom is going to kill me if she found out)

    NAME another team that has a even closely resemble our putrid resume of NFL experience on our offensive side …You wont find any

    We need better coaching and developing of Jameis Winston

    It is very simple and black and white…

    It is all about the development of Jameis winston…AND NOTHING ELSE

    we are not in the playoffs because Jameis has not developed into a playoff QB

    These are the questions that will decide our 2017 season

    Will Koetter be HC and playcaller (2016 was a disaster and Jaboo regressed)

    Who will call the plays(im praying outside experienced playcaller)

    **We need a coach whose job is 100% developing and coaching Jameis all year. ***2015 offensive coordinator Koetter did a great job.

  23. Warren Says:


  24. EA Says:

    Thats terrific.

  25. salish_seamonster Says:

    So, if someone requests an interview for a HC position next year, he’s going to say no? Hmmm, that doesn’t sound believable, unless he’s really decided he would prefer to be a DC.

  26. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    Remember when I said if he moved on after only one year that I would lose all respect for him? He just proved he wasn’t that kind of guy.

  27. Buc1987 Says:

    Kobe…cocaine is a helluva job!

  28. Buc1987 Says:


    Damn it tryin to be funny…

  29. Fred E. Buc Says:

    Good thing. I expect Dirk is pulling in about $4.5 to 5M a year (as first time HC) and Smith would command easily $6.5 as a veteran HC elsewhere. So kudos to whatever the Glazers did. Perhaps a bunch of incentives? He11, maybe he even makes more than Dirk. I make $15-20K more a year than my boss because our customer and the company like what I do but I at the same time refuse (three times now) to be the boss because that keeps me from what I like doing. I’m not all that but I’d expect lots of people are out there like that, so maybe they just want to pay Smith and keep him, period? Just glad we have him for a couple of years.

  30. TouchDownTampaBay Says:

    I thought Kobe Moron was banning himself from this site! Since he won’t keep his word I suggest Joe enforce the ban!

  31. Lord Cornelius Says:

    “And we only had some bridge players and rookies added to movie leftovers!!!! They coached the movie out of most of the roster!!! “

    Our offense has some of the weakest personnel in the entire league. Probably bottom 5 in offensive weapons. It’s Jameis Winston / Mike Evans / then a room full of undrafted no names basically.

    Adam Humphries might be the 4th or 5th WR on a lot of teams or not even on the roster
    Russel Shepard is a freaking special teams player
    Doug Martin was on drugs and injured and averaged under 3 YPC
    Our offensive line was ranked as a bottom 1/3 unit
    Charles Sims just a change of pace back and injured most of the year
    Our best back was a guy signed off the street

    Given the above facts; it’s fair to wonder how the f*ck we even won 9 games lol. Kobe Liar is probably still talking about screen passes to our RBs that we signed off the street. In his mind he thinks you can just game plan a marginal joke talent into a superstar athlete putting up crazy stats

    On the defense it’s probably more impressive that we finished as a top 2-3 unit over the last 8 games; considering we had a no name at nickle CB, some guy named Lambert playing on the D-line who never did anything, and safeties that no other teams want. The talent & depth of the other top defenses is insanely better than ours

    That’s called bad a4ss coaching

  32. webster Says:


    You sound ridiculous. Winston is in his second year and just turned 23. He is the second best on third down qb rating. He is one of the best against pressure. He is top 10 (7th) in tds and top 11 in yards all with subpar weapons, oline and running game. What the he11 did you expect from a qb that was coming to a 2 – 14 team in two years? He already holds the record for most tds in a season in franchise history and yards in only his second year. He is the only qb to have thrown for 4000 yrds in his first two years. What the he11 did u expect?

  33. Lord Cornelius Says:

    “Everyday we are hearing teams grabbing Off Coordinators with over 15 years of NFL experience and developing QBs”

    lmao everyday? That’s a ton of hires / fires going on for everyone to somehow have 15 years of experience

  34. cmurda Says:

    I was on record feeling indifferent to Mike Smith returning, prmarily because I expected him to land a Head Coaching gig next year. I’ve gained respect and feel a bit differently about it now.

  35. Buccfan37 Says:

    Yay to the nth degree, if that’s higher than 9.

  36. Abdominal snowmab Says:

    Kobe get your face out of your mother’s bussoms and read some articles on this here great site. Maybe then you could make an informed comment instead of concocting your ignorant spew and showering us all with the stench of your awful baseless opinions.

  37. Architek Says:

    Organizations winning SB’s and this was no doubt a Super Bowl(ish) type of transaction.

    Very happy with Mr. Licht and the front office!

  38. Kobe Faker Says:

    I see no one wants to bet me for my 2 months of food stamps…just ridicule

    any teams resume close to college boys tampas offensive coaches?

    2017 offense will stall gain like 15 and 16

    18th -20th offense.

    Jameis winston development has stalled

    nfl defenses has the blueprint to beat koetters offense

  39. Buc believer Says:

    Sorry GMC looks like you won’t be taking an early vacation next year!

  40. Pickgrin Says:

    Kobe Faker Says:
    January 13th, 2017 at 6:40 pm
    I see no one wants to bet me
    Why would anyone make even an imaginary bet with a demonstrated WELCHER.

    Honor your previous bet and LEAVE. Your ignorance and annoyance factors are off the charts.

  41. DislocatedBucsFan Says:


    Why would anyone wager anything with you? Especially when you cannot stand by your word.

  42. DislocatedBucsFan Says:

    and food stamps!? haha SMH

  43. MadMax Says:

    Awesome! We’re going places over the next few years. Hopefully we get another DE and NT this season and can start wreaking havoc!

  44. martinii Says:

    Like someone wrote or said in a post or podcast, this could be the biggest signing on the Buc’s and possibly in the NFL this season. Love it when we do the right thing.

  45. Matt Says:

    Talk about family! Go bucs

  46. Rod Munch Says:

    Very cool, glad the players won’t need to be learning yet another new defense. It only took Smith until week 17 to figure out how to use David, I can’t wait to see what he can do next year, in particular if we have some NFL caliber players at safety.

  47. Stpetebucsfan Says:


    Whats a few Million to keep a very good defensive coach who is helping to turn this team around quickly? Its nothing. $ well spent!!

    EXACTLY! The Glazers call this something different than you are me or Joe and the celebrating JBF posters…they call it a tax deduction.

  48. ARGH_M8E Says:

    DislocatedBucsFan Says:
    January 13th, 2017 at 7:47 pm
    and food stamps!? haha SMH


    HAAAAA!!!!!!!!! Kobe is touched

  49. Pit Says:

    Well played coach Smitty well played.

  50. gilhealy Says:

    Kobe, I wouldn’t be surprised if Koetter does indeed spend more 1 on 1 time with JW. I don’t know of Bajakian’s resume, but Koetter seems to think he’s good. And Jaboo’s never gonna say a bad word about anyone. That being said, I do think Dirk knows where the Bucs bread is buttered, and will make a very concerted effort to place a heck of a lot more emphasis on realizing Jameis’ unlimited potential. I can see serious weapons coming our way this off season, and Koetter figuring out a way to get Jameis everything he needs to thrive.

  51. Buc Fresh Says:

    Great news. Im so glad we will have a professional staff on bored for the next couple years. Go Bucs

  52. Sierra119 Says:

    You have owners who are willing to spend money to improve. (Lots of millions)

    You have your head coach/OC and your DC locked in. (3 to 6 million each)

    You have a great core of talented young players on the cusp of playoff contention. (Rookie contracts = lots of cap space)

    Risk losing the best young GM in the league ( who put this all together) to another team in a year because you haven’t given him a contract extension yet …….Priceless !!!!!!!!

    Extend Jason Licht ASAP so we can keep this train rolling for a loooong time !!!!

  53. SOEbuc Says:

    This is beautiful. This means the Glazers and Jason told him they’re gonna spend madd dough on D. Very exciting.

  54. Capt.Tim Says:

    Very exciting!
    Well down Jason Licht and Glazer Family! Great commitment to team and community

    Well down in deed!

  55. Capt.Tim Says:

    Damn auto correct

  56. Eric Says:


    Do you really think we’re going to let Jason Licht go? LOL


    Does posting negative, ignorant statements on this site make you happy? I still have yet to see you say something with any sort of merit whatsoever. You couldn’t be more wrong on an extremely consistent basis.