NFL News: Buccaneers Fire Head Coach Lovie Smith
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have surprisingly fired Lovie Smith as their head coach. Smith had a 6-10 win record this season.Advertisement
Smith’s first season with Tampa Bay was dismal. His talented roster drowned at 2-14. The Buccaneers drafted Jameis Winston first overall this season.
“After careful consideration, we informed Lovie that we have decided to make a change,” Buccaneers co-chairman Joel Glazer pointed out in a statement Wednesday night. “I want to thank Lovie for his hard work and dedication to the Buccaneers during his time here.”
Even one of the Bucs coaches was surprised by the news when contacted by ESPN’s Josina Anderson to comment on the matter.
“Is this true?” said the coach, who didn’t want to be named. “We all just met with Lovie individually today. This is strange. I wonder what happened.”
Smith replaced Greg Schiano in 2014 on a four-year deal.
“This decision was difficult on a variety of levels,” Glazer’s statement said. “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.”
The Bucs’ stars like Donovan Smith or Major Wright were also surprised by the decision.