TAMPA - Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Greg Schiano and General Manager Mark Dominik were fired Monday after another dismal season.
At a late afternoon news conference, a stoic Schiano praised the players, staff and fans and said it it was "quite an honor" to coach in the NFL.
"We didn't get it done and I accept full responsibility," Schiano said.
He acknowledged there had been adversity within the organization, but said no fingers were ever pointed.
Schiano said he did not know he was about to be fired when he met with the team Monday morning.
"I was called to down to the office and the rest is history," he said.
Schiano said he has not had time to think about what he will do next.
He also offered high praise for rookie quarterback Mike Glennon. Schiano said the next Bucs coach "will have a guy they can lean on."
In a statement, Mark Dominik said:
"I have appreciated my 19 seasons as a member of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. During that time, Tampa has become home for me and my family. We have developed great relationships with many friends and fans. I am especially proud of the strong connection that now has been built between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers organization and our military...
I have been blessed over the years here to work with some of the brightest minds of the game. All told, I have worked with seven men who have served as general managers and 10 who have been head coaches in the National Football League. Winning SB XXXVII under the direction of head coach Jon Gruden and general manager Rich McKay was an experience I will never forget. I believe that this team is well positioned for success in the future and I would like to express my gratitude to the Glazer family for the opportunity they provided me nearly 20 years ago to grow and succeed in the NFL."
Earlier in the day, Buccaneers Co-Chairman Bryan Glazer issued a written statement on the team's website:
"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."
Dominik was promoted to general manager in 2009. The team went 28-52 in five years under his direction.
The firings come after the Buccaneers ended another disappointing season with little defense and lots of questions.
Drew Brees threw for 381 yards and four touchdowns as New Orleans clinched a playoff berth, beating Tampa Bay 42-17 on Sunday at the Superdome. The Bucs (4-12), meanwhile, completed their third consecutive losing season and sixth in a row without a trip to the postseason.
The Bucs started the year 0-8 and closed with losses in four of their last five.
The Bucs allowed season highs in points and yards (468) against the Saints, who had three scoring tosses of more than 40 yards in the first half. Schiano also called for a fake field goal that failed miserably when the outcome was still in doubt late in the first half.
"I don't think I have to say anything," Schiano said when asked about his future. "That's not being smug. I come in and do my job the best that I can. That's other people's decision."
Schiano also has been reportedly linked to a potential opening at Penn State if Nittany Lions coach Bill O'Brien leaves for the NFL.
Schiano denied that report last week.