Jay Glazer of Fox Sports is reporting that the Buccaneers have fired HC Greg Schiano and GM Mark Dominik.
- Glazer adds that Bucs ownership was “really hoping they would be vindicated on Schiano.“
- Rick Stroud adds that the decision to fire Schiano and Dominik came down to: 1) No return on a huge investment in free agents, 2) Darrelle Revis.
Buccaneers statement regarding the move:
“The results over the past two years have not lived up to our standards and we believe the time has come to find a new direction. Mark has been a valued member of our organization for two decades and we respect the passion he showed for the Buccaneers during his time here. We thank Greg for his hard work and effort the past two seasons, but we feel these moves are necessary in order to achieve our goals.”
Reports from Sunday indicated that Schiano may actually survive what was a rather turbulent 2013 season, but apparently ownership felt that it was best to make sweeping changes.
Penn State reportedly has Schiano at the top of their list if they end up losing current head coach Bill O’Brien to the NFL.
Schiano’s record over the course of two seasons in Tampa Bay is 11-21 (.344).
As for Dominik, he is fired just two years after he was forced to scramble to find a coach after Chip Kelly backed out of an agreement at the last minute. Dominik actually did a pretty decent job of building the roster and drafting quality players, but this is the reality of losing in the NFL.
Rick Stroud mentions that he would be very surprised if the Buccaneers do not reach out to former Bears HC Lovie Smith.