At least 4 defensive assistants won't return
TAMPA — The day after the Bucs fired coach Lovie Smith, they confirmed that much of his defensive staff won't be back.
Defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier was informed his option for 2016 will not be picked up, along with cornerbacks coach Gill Byrd and safeties coach Mikal Smith, who is Lovie's son. Nickel defensive backs coach Larry Marmie, who coached Lovie Smith as a college player at Tulsa in the late 1970s, will have his contract expire.
Two defensive assistants could be back with the Bucs — defensive line coach Joe Cullen, who worked with potential new head coach Dirk Koetter with the Jaguars, and linebackers coach Hardy Nickerson. They were retained so that the new coach can decide if he wants them on his staff.
The Bucs' offensive staff is in a similar position, waiting to hear on who is hired to know if they'll be back.
Greg Auman, Times staff writer