The Tampa Bay Buccaneers announced Wednesday night that they have fired head coach Lovie Smith.
Buccaneers’s Co-Chairman Joel Glazer released the following statement:
After careful consideration, we informed Lovie that we have decided to make a change. 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.”
Smith just finished his second season as the head coach of the Buccaneers. The move comes as a surprise to many considering that the team improved from a 2-14 record in 2014, worst in the NFL, to 6-10 in 2015.
The Buccaneers were led by rookie quarterback Jameis Winston in 2015 who will now face another challenge in 2016 as the team searches for a new leader of the coaching staff.
Players have already began to express their distain. The team’s defensive captain Lavonte David said on Twitter, “This is stupid, we can’t even have a consistent coach, 3 coaches in 5 yrs”.
Lovie Smith should be a hot name in coaching circles around the NFL now that his name has been added to the mix. Smith is 89-87 as a head coach and led the Bears to the Super Bowl in 2006.