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Tampa Bay To Hire Lovie Smith; Leslie Frazier Expected To Be Defensive Coordinator

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Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

On Monday, there were six NFL teams that had head coaching vacancies. Just two days later, that number is already down to four.

After the Houston Texans finalized things with former Penn State University coach Bill O'Brien, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have brought back a face that should be familiar to NFC North fans. According to reports, the team is close to finalizing a deal with former Chicago Bears' head coach Lovie Smith. Smith coached the Bears from 2004 to 2012, taking them to a Super Bowl and one other NFC Championship Game.

The same reports are saying that Smith is expected to be taking Leslie Frazier with him to Tampa to be the team's defensive coordinator. So, it appears that our former coach is going to land on his feet after all.

Frankly, I'm pretty happy that Lovie is going to Tampa, as he had also been rumored for the head coaching job with the Detroit Lions. I wouldn't want him to get a hold of that Detroit defensive line and mold them in any way, so I'm happy that he's coaching a team that the Vikings won't be seeing twice a year.

Once we have more on the Vikings' coaching search, we will have it here for you.