By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have announced that they’ve fired head coach Lovie Smith. This is a shocker as his name wasn’t mentioned as a head coach, who could be looking for a new job after Sunday’s season finale against the Carolina Panthers.
Smith was 8-24 in two seasons with the team. During his first season, the team finished with a 2-14 record and recorded the No. 1 overall pick.
They drafted quarterback Jameis Winston with the top overall pick and the results improved to a 6-10 record.
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“After careful consideration, we informed Lovie that we have decided to make a change,” Bucs co-chairman Joel Glazer said in a release. “I want to thank Lovie for his hard work and dedication to the Buccaneers during his time here. This decision was difficult on a variety of levels.
“I am disappointed that we were not more successful these past few seasons, but we are committed to doing what is necessary to give our fans the winning team they deserve. As we move forward, General Manager Jason Licht will oversee the process for finding our next head coach.”
It’s unlikely that Smith will get another shot right away. Teams are less likely to hire re-treads, as teams are looking at young assistants to fill their vacancies.
Former NFL head coach Mike Smith and Mike Shanahan are getting interviews. However, it doesn’t appear like they’ll get any jobs this time around.
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The 57-year-old was 89-87 in his NFL coaching career with the Bucs and the Chicago Bears. During his tenure with the Bears, his team went 81-63 – this included the Bears’ loss in the Super Bowl to the Indianapolis Colts in 2006.
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