The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have fired defensive coordinator Mike Smith, sources have confirmed.

The move comes a day a day after the team lost its third consecutive game, 34-29 to the Atlanta Falcons.

Smith, the former head coach of the Falcons, was in his third season leading the Buccaneers’s defense.

Tampa Bay has allowed 34.6 points per game this season,  the highest average in the league,  including 40 in a Week 1 win over the Saints and 48 in a Week 4 defeat to the Bears.

The Bucs’ 439.8 yards allowed per game is second-worst, better than only the 5-1 Chiefs. They are giving up a league-worst 355.6 yards per game through the air.  

Tampa Bay is always looking for someone to place the blame on. My guess is Dirk Koetter will be next.