TAMPA, Fla. -- The Tampa Bay Buccaneers could reach back into their past to hire a new coach and general manager.
Chris Mortensen reported that the Bucs could pursue Lovie Smith as head coach and Rich McKay as general manager. Both make sense because both have a history with the Bucs.
Smith was an assistant in Tampa Bay in the 1990s and went on to become head coach of the Chicago Bears. Smith reportedly already has interviewed for the vacancy in Houston and could be a candidate for several other jobs.
McKay was Tampa Bay's general manager from 1993 until 2003. He also is the son of the first coach in Tampa Bay history, John McKay. But luring McKay might be challenging. He currently is employed as the team president of the Atlanta Falcons.
McKay's latest task has been to lead the effort to get the Falcons a new stadium. But some league sources who know McKay well said he might be tempted to get out of the business side and back into football.
McKay's top two assistants -- Jerry Angelo and Tim Ruskell -- from his Tampa Bay days also could be candidates. Angelo was general manager of the Bears when Smith was the coach.
If the Bucs look beyond their past, they could consider Baltimore assistant general manager Eric DeCosta as general manager and Penn State coach Bill O'Brien and Denver offensive coordinator Adam Gase for head coach.