Mike Smith is not doing himself any favors this year.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are currently mulling whether to fire everyone and start over yet again, but while they do, other teams may be eyeing their assistant coaches for a head coaching job. So who’s the most likely assistant to bolt for another team?

Before this season, the choice would have been easy: defensive coordinator Mike Smith. He was rumored to have options this offseason, and was a pretty successful head coach in Atlanta. Plus, he was coming off a decent season as the Bucs’ defensive coordinator.

But hey, Tampa Bay’s defense sucks this year and he signed an expensive extension last year, so he’s probably not going anywhere. Unless he’s fired.

Instead, wide receivers coach/offensive coordinator Todd Monken is the most likely choice to become a head coach. Maybe at the college level—he was reported to have been approached for the Mississippi State job, though the Bucs denied that happened. But it makes sense: he was very successful as an offensive coordinator in college, has done a good job with the Bucs’ receivers, and has helped Jameis Winston improve every season.

The Bucs’ offense isn’t great right now, of course, but that’s in part due to Dirk Koetter. If Monken can convince owners that he’d do things differently (in the right way) and that the Bucs’ struggles aren’t really his fault, there’s a good chance he gets a head coaching job.


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