Bucs fire head coach Lovie Smith, 8-24 with team

Posted at 10:29 PM, Jan 06, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-07 11:02:50-05

The Buccaneers have officially parted ways with head coach Lovie Smith, according to a release from the team Wednesday evening.

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Buccaneers Co-Chairman Joel Glazer released the following statement Wednesday night: 

“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.”

The Bucs finished the 2015 season with a record of 6-10, ending the year with four straight losses. Lovie was 8-24 in his two seasons with the team. Among other factors, the team had a rookie quarterback in Jameis Winston and more than a dozen more rookies on the roster for the 2015 season, including two offensive lineman.

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Winston had a historic season by rookie quarterback standards, and may be a leading candidate for the Rookie of the Year award. Winston racked up 4,042 passing yards -- only two other rookie QBs have more in NFL history. Eclipsing the 4,000 yard mark set the team record for a rookie QB, and he's only the second Buccaneer quarterback ever to do so.

The new head coach will be the team's fourth since 2011. The three firings include Raheem Morris in 2011, Greg Schiano in 2013 and Lovie Smith late Wednesday evening. Smith's final win percentage with the team of .250 is the worst of a Bucs head coach since the early 1990s.

Smith's departure comes after a slew a NFL coach firings, as we've come to expect after Week 17's 'Black Monday'. Here are the open jobs as of Wednesday:

  • Titans interim coach Mike Mularkey is a candidate, but not locked in for Tennessee
  • Dolphins interim coach Dan Campbell among interviews, but not a sure thing
  • Eagles fired head coach Chip Kelly five days before their final regular season game
  • 49ers fired head coach Jim Tomsula after one season
  • Browns fired head coach Mike Pettine, 10-22, after a Week 17 loss
  • Giants head coaching job open after Tom Coughlin resigns, but may return to coaching elsewhere
  • Buccaneers fire head coach Lovie Smith after team's 'disappointment' in team success

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Here are a few reactions from the Twittersphere about Smith's firing, including a Bucs player questioning the move: 


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Posted by ABC Action News - WFTS - Tampa Bay on Wednesday, January 6, 2016