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The Buccaneers aren't wasting any time filling their coaching role and are close to finalizing a deal with Lovie Smith, CBS Sports NFL Insider Jason La Canfora reports.
La Canfora reported two days ago that Smith was a top candidate for the job in Tampa and that former Buccaneers executive Rich McKay could be joining him.
The Buccaneers have a hole at both coach and GM after firing Greg Schiano and Mark Dominik on Monday afternoon.
Additionally, La Canfora reports Smith is expected to hire former Cal coach Jeff Tedford as his offensive coordinator in Tampa while former Vikings coach Leslie Frazier, who was canned by Minnesota on Monday, is the top choice to be Smith's defensive coordinator.
Smith, Jay Glazer of Fox Sports reports, "quietly interviewed" with the Buccaneers this week and the Glazer family liked him so much they moved quickly to ink a deal.
Lovie was ousted by new Bears GM Phil Emery after winning 10 games for Chicago in 2011 and replaced by Marc Trestman.
During his nine years running the Bears, Smith went 81-63, winning three NFC North division titles, appearing in six playoff games and advancing to the Super Bowl once.
There's ample talent to make noise in Tampa. Darrelle Revis (if he's brought back; Revis is essentially on a series of non-guaranteed deals), Lavonte David (who will be sick working under Lovie), Gerald McCoy and Mark Barron/Dashon Goldson.