Bucs release most of Smith's defensive staff
One day after the Bucs fired head coach Lovie Smith, the team released four of the team's top six defensive assistants, including defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier.
On Thursday, Frazier was informed the team would not be picking up his option for 2016. The Bucs also will not retain defensive backs coach Gil Byrd or safeties coach Mikal Smith, the head coach's son. The contract of defensive assistant Larry Marme, who also coached nickelbacks, will be allowed to expire.
The Bucs will retain linebackers coach Hardy Nickerson and defensive line coach Joe Cullen until the new head coach determines if he wants to retain them on his staff.
The Bucs finished 10th overall in total defense. But Smith took over the play-calling duties from Frazier in the off-season and opposing quarterbacks completing 70 percent of their passes.
The secondary became a revolving door, with as many as nine different combinations of cornerbacks and safeties utilized during the season.
Bucs general manager Jason Licht will address the media at 2 p.m. The Glazer family which owns the team has said Licht will conduct the search for a new head coach. Offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter will be interviewed for the position and is considered a very strong candidate.