By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers fired defensive coordinator Mike Smith on Monday, according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.
The team is expected to promote Mark Duffner as the team’s new interim defensive coordinator.
Duffner was the team’s linebackers coach.
The team signed several free agents to attempt to improve their defense. However, the defense has struggled during Smith’s tenure.
According to Bucs Wire, his defense has allowed 24.9 points per game. In 37 games, the team has lost 21 of those contests, despite the offense scoring 20 points in 13 of those games.
They have lost 11 of those 13 games by just one score or less.
According to Greg Auman, their red zone defense remains bad. The opponents have scored 15 touchdowns in 16 trips within the 20-yard line.
In the last four games, according to Auman, the opponents have scored 11 out of 11 times within the 20-yard line.
The team — who have lost three straight games — is allowing 2.6 more points on average than the Atlanta Falcons, who are giving up 32.0 points per game. On Sunday, the Bucs gave up 34 points to the Falcons in a losing effort.
The Bucs have allowed 173 points the season. They allowed 40 points to the New Orleans Saints in Week 1 and a season-high 48 points to the Chicago Bears in Week 4.
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