Former Chicago Bears coach Lovie Smith is set to take on the challenge of rebuilding the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Two people familiar with Smith's plans said Wednesday night that the coach has reached an agreement to fill the opening created by the firing of Greg Schiano after a 4-12 finish.
The people spoke to The Associated Press on the condition of anonymity because an official announcement hadn't been made. One of the people also said that former Minnesota Vikings coach Leslie Frazier will be the Bucs' defensive coordinator.
ESPN.com reported that Dallas Cowboys assistant Rod Marinelli would be Smith's defensive coordinator.
ESPN.com also reported that Smith will bring in former Cal coach Jeff Tedford to be his offensive coordinator.
The 55-year-old Smith will replace Schiano, fired Monday after going 11-21 in two seasons in Tampa Bay. Frazier also was fired Monday.
Smith was 81-63 in nine seasons with Chicago, leading the 2006 team to the Super Bowl -- where the Bears lost to Indianapolis.
He was fired a year ago after the Bears finished 10-6 and missed the playoffs for the fifth time in six seasons.
Smith was Tampa Bay's linebackers coach under Tony Dungy from 1996-2000, then spent three seasons as the St. Louis Rams' defensive coordinator.
Smith will take over a team that made strides on defense after acquiring cornerback Darrelle Revis and safety Dashon Goldson last spring, but the offense sputtered badly after the abrupt benching and subsequent release of quarterback Josh Freeman. With rookie Mike Glennon running the offense, Tampa Bay sank to last in the NFL in passing and total yards per game.
One of Smith's first orders of business figures to be deciding if Glennon, who went 4-9 as a starter while throwing for 2,608 yards, 19 touchdowns and nine interceptions, showed enough to prove he's the team's quarterback of the future.
Redskins: The Fritz Pollard Alliance, which works with the NFL to promote diversity in hiring, recommended to Washington that former Raiders coach Hue Jackson be interviewed for the team's head-coaching vacancy, the Washington Post reported. Jackson currently is an assistant coach for the Cincinnati Bengals.
The newspaper also said the Redskins are expected to interview Baltimore Ravens offensive coordinator Jim Caldwell.
The Redskins are seeking a replacement for the fired Mike Shanahan.
Team officials interviewed Seahawks offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell on Tuesday in Seattle and are scheduled to interview Carolina Panthers defensive coordinator Sean McDermott on Saturday in Charlotte, N.C.
The team also has requested permission to interview New York Giants defensive coordinator Perry Fewell.
Chiefs: Wide receiver Dwayne Bowe was cleared to play in Saturday's wild-card playoff game against Indianapolis.
Bowe suffered a concussion in a loss to the Colts two weeks ago and sat out last week's overtime loss at San Diego, when the Chiefs -- assured of their playoff seed -- chose to rest many of their starters.
The status of linebacker Tamba Hali and right tackle Eric Fisher remained uncertain. Fisher hurt his groin near the end of Tuesday's practice, while Hali has been dealing with some swelling in his knee. Neither participated fully in Wednesday's workout. Offensive lineman Branden Albert will be back in the lineup for the first time since Dec. 1, when he suffered a knee injury against the Broncos.
Linebacker Justin Houston, who missed the final five games of the regular season after dislocating his right elbow, also is expected to play after being fitted with a brace to stabilize the elbow.
Kansas City at Indianapolis, 1:35 p.m. (NBC)
New Orleans at Philadelphia, 5:10 p.m. (NBC)
San Diego at Cincinnati, 10:05 a.m. (CBS)
49ers at Green Bay, 1:40 p.m. (FOX)
Saturday, Jan. 11
49ers, Green Bay or New Orleans at Seattle, 1:35 p.m. (FOX)
Cincinnati, Indianapolis or Kansas City at New England, 5:15 p.m. (CBS)
Sunday, Jan. 12
49ers, Philadelphia or Green Bay at Carolina, 10:05 a.m. (FOX)
Indianapolis, Kansas City or San Diego at Denver, 1:40 p.m. (CBS)
Sunday, Jan. 19
AFC, noon (CBS)
NFC, 3:30 p.m. (FOX)
Sunday, Feb. 2
At East Rutherford, N.J.
AFC champion vs. NFC champion, 3:30 p.m. (FOX)