Posted December 30, 2013

Greg Schiano, GM Mark Dominik fired by Tampa Bay Buccaneers

NFC South, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Greg Schiano was 11-21 in two seasons as head coach of the Buccaneers.

Greg Schiano (left) was 11-21 in two seasons as head coach of the Buccaneers. (Cliff Welch/Icon SMI)

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers opted for sweeping changes after concluding a disappointing 4-12 season, firing both head coach Greg Schiano and GM Mark Dominik on Monday. It had been rumored in recent days that Schiano might be atop Penn State’s list of candidates should Bill O’Brien leave for the NFL, and perhaps that potential flirtation pushed the Glazer family (Tampa Bay’s owners) over the top.

“The results over the past two years have not lived up to our standards,” the organization said in a statement. “We believe the time has come to find a new direction.”

Tale of the tape: Schiano was 11-21 in two seasons as head coach; Tampa Bay was 28-52 in Dominik’s five seasons as GM.

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What Went Wrong: Schiano set the bar relatively high over his first 10 games with the Buccaneers, pushing his team to a 6-4 start and playoff contention in 2012. But Tampa Bay lost five of its final six games last season plus the first eight in 2013 — a 1-13 stretch that really cranked up the heat.

The real tipping point may have come at quarterback. The Buccaneers attempted again this season to turn Josh Freeman into a franchise player at that position, only to watch as he lethargically forced his way out of town. Rookie Mike Glennon provided a boost, briefly, but struggled down the stretch.

Tampa Bay also dealt with multiple MRSA outbreaks in the locker room, including one that led to kicker Lawrence Tynes fighting the franchise over the origin of his illness. Such a situation cannot be held against either Schiano or Dominik, but it added another trying element to a situation that was spinning out of control.

An early injury to star running back Doug Martin did not help matters either, though it’s worth pointing out that the Bucs were 0-6 with him in the lineup. Tampa Bay finished with the 30th-ranked offense in the league, while the defense regressed as the season went along — including a 42-17 Week 17 meltdown in which the Saints passed for 370 yards.

Roster Outlook: Financially, the Buccaneers are well set up for 2014, with an estimated $10 million in cap space plus some carryover from 2013 savings. They have a long list of potential free agents, but none of them really appear to be of critical importance.

And the remaining roster could give the next coach/GM combo a chance at a quick, Chiefs-like turnaround. Martin should be healthy again for 2014, with wide receiver Vincent Jackson also back off a 78-catch season. The line is steady and some unexpected players — Glennon and RB Bobby Rainey, for starters — emerged as contributors.

There’s also that Darrelle Revis guy on defense, paired with 2013 second-rounder Johnthan Banks at corner. In front of them, LB Lavonte David has developed quickly into one of the NFL’s best at his position, joining elite DT Gerald McCoy.

The cupboard is far from bare.

Possible Replacement(s): Adam Gase, Mike Zimmer, Darrell Bevell, Kevin Sumlin, Bill O’Brien

14 comments
pheasantman
pheasantman

If lovie get it he will just f it up

6marK6
6marK6

Fairly certain Lovie is getting this job. Although the article failed to mention him.

ngk11
ngk11

Cant wait to see video of this D Bag diving at the knees of people standing in the front of the line at his local soup kitchen soon

drax
drax

Again with the Kevin Sumlin fetish while not including the current "frontrunner", Lovie Smith on the replacement list.

DSM
DSM

Peter King of SI thought Schiano would be a star NFL coach, while the writers who covered Rutgers were highly doubtful.  Good recruiter; very good fundraiser; excellent self-promoter; poor tactician.

Hendo
Hendo

As much as I never cared for Schiano, these players need to stand up and take some blame. Aside from Lavonte David and Gerald McCoy, I saw a lot of horrible play. 

Rickapolis
Rickapolis

Schiano is a toad. He has earned no respect at all. I hope the rumors of him going to Penn State are false. Of course, that assumes the rumors of O'Brien leaving PSU are true.Which would assume the rumors..., hell, never mind.

RandyHyle
RandyHyle

Freeman wasn't that great of a quarterback at Kansas State. He should have stayed in college, but like so many highly touted players, he chose to turn pro, believing his own hype. They liked his size, and upside. But professional football has a short learning curve. They don't have time to teach the skills he should have learned by staying in college. Most of the top quarterbacks in the NFL chose to stay for their full eligibility, Andrew Luck, Peyton and Eli Manning, Tom Brady,Drew Brees, to name a few.

HarshRealities
HarshRealities

The line is steady??? The D'line was good against the run but the DE's were awful at pas rushing. The O'line was the worst in the NFL. No running lanes and the QB had less then 2 seconds to get rid of the ball before being sacked. The Bucs do have some talent at the skill positions but the best QB's in the NFL  would have awful stats behind the Bucs O'line.

Papi Del Negro..... Dont ask
Papi Del Negro..... Dont ask

Why cause his replacement in Chicago was the difference he wasnt? Lovie cannbring back the nasty Tampa defense that was well known. This time have a quality offensive coordinator running the offense. Dont know the relationship if there is one but Chudzinski would be a nice fit for that.

Voiceover310
Voiceover310

@ngk11 Soup Kitchen? Do you have any idea how much money he made at Rutgers? How much the Bucs paid him? His salary in the last season is more than you will make in your entire life. 

Voiceover310
Voiceover310

@RandyHyle Tom Brady didn't have a choice to leave school early for the NFL. Do you have any idea what round he was drafted in?? 

Hendo
Hendo

@Voiceover310 @RandyHyle I'm pretty sure any football fan knows by now in which round Brady was drafted. I think you missed the point.