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Bucs' Mike Smith to interview for Jaguars job

Bucs defensive coordinator Mike Smith will interview with the Jacksonville Jaguars for their vacant head coaching job.

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Bucs defensive coordinator Mike Smith will interview with the Jacksonville Jaguars for their vacant head coaching job.

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Mike Smith may get his chance to be an NFL head coach again.

The Bucs defensive coordinator will interview with the Jacksonville Jaguars for their vacant head coaching job.

Smith went 66-46 as head coach of the Atlanta Falcons from 2008-14, reaching the playoffs four times including the NFC Championship game in 2012. Smith was the defensive coordinator under Jack Del Rio in Jacksonville from 2003-07.

Under Smith, 57, the Bucs showed dramatic improvement on defense the final eight games of the season. Tampa Bay won an NFL-high five games when scoring 19 points or less after having won one such game in the previous three seasons. The Bucs also were ranked first in the league in third down defense as opponents only converted 34.4 percent of their opportunities.

[Last modified: Monday, January 2, 2017 11:29am]

    

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