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L 10-48
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L 29-34
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Struggling Buccaneers fire defensive coordinator Mike Smith

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) Mike Smith is out as defensive coordinator of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, replaced by linebackers coach Mark Duffner.

Riding a three-game losing streak and not showing any signs of being able to fix a porous unit that keeps undermining the team's chances of winning, the Bucs dismissed the former Atlanta Falcons coach Monday after yielding 92 points in the first half of consecutive losses to Pittsburgh, Chicago and Atlanta.

Tampa Bay, which has the NFL's second-ranked offense and No. 1 passing attack, rallied to make two of those games close, however pressure on coach Dirk Koetter to make a change had been mounting since Mitchell Trubisky threw a career-best six touchdown passes in the Bears' 48-10 rout of the Bucs on Sept. 30.

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NFC South Division
TeamWLTPct
New Orleans 410.800
Carolina 320.600
Tampa Bay 230.400
Atlanta 240.333
Full Standings
Leaders
Pass Yds: R. Fitzpatrick1356
Pass TDs: R. Fitzpatrick11
Rush Yds: P. Barber230
Rush TDs: R. Fitzpatrick1
Rec Yds: D. Jackson501
Rec TDs: C. Godwin4
Int: J. Evans1
Sacks: J. Pierre-Paul5.0
Offense (Rank)
Yards: 2243 (13)
Passing Yards: 1896 (6)
Rushing Yards: 401 (31)
Points per game: 28.2 (8)
Yards per game: 448.6 (2)
Touchdowns: 17 (11)
Field Goals: 6 (30)
Defense (Rank)
Yards: 2199 (19)
Passing Yards: 1834 (30)
Rushing Yards: 421 (3)
Points per game: 34.6 (32)
Yards per game: 439.8 (31)
Touchdowns: 21 (31)
Field Goals: 6 (3)
Transactions
Date Player Transactions
10/17 D. Bond signed
10/16 F. Martino cut
10/16 J. Jones pract. squad del
10/16 D. Ogunbowale pract. squad del
10/16 R. Holcomb pract. squad add
10/16 D. Rivers III pract. squad add
10/15 J. Jones pract. squad del
10/13 F. Martino signed
10/13 M. Williams on IR hamstring
10/12 C. Gardner cut
Injuries
Date Player Status
10/14 B. Allen foot (Questionable)
10/14 C. Davis III groin, back (Questionable)
10/14 O. Howard knee (Questionable)
10/14 J. Whitehead hamstring (Questionable)
10/13 M. Williams hamstring (IR)
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