Buccaneers clean house, fire HC Schiano and GM Dominik

12/30/13 in NFL   |   Matthew_Shovlin   |   735 respect

After an abysmal 0-8 start to the season, head coach Greg Schiano finally got his Tampa Bay Buccaneers squad going in Week 10, when they started a three-game win streak and won four out of five games. Three consecutive losses to end the season, however, was the nail in the coffin for the second-year NFL head coach, as the Buccaneers announced the firing of Schiano on the morning of Black Monday.

Blog Photo - Buccaneers clean house, fire HC Schiano and GM DominikSchiano wraps up his tenure as Tampa Bay's head coach with a record of 11-21. Of course, it was not just the poor record that got Schiano canned - he is said to have a very abrasive coaching style, players reportedly thought he was too controlling, he employed questionable tactics on the field, and an MRSA breakout occurred in his locker room.

NCAA football is likely where we will see Schiano take his next head coaching job. After sustaining some impressive success at Rutgers, we know that Schiano can craft a quality team in the college ranks, and his controlling personality is better suited for college than the pros. A former assistant under Joe Paterno, Schiano is considered the heavy favorite to land Penn State's head coach position if Bill O'Brien leaves for the NFL.

The Buccaneers did not place all the blame on Schiano, as they also kicked their general manager - Mark Dominik - to the curb. The Buccaneers were coming off two consecutive 9-7 campaigns when Dominik took over, and he led them to just one winning season and no playoff appearances over his five years as GM.

ESPN's Chris Mortensen has already linked a duo of Lovie Smith and Rich McKay to the Buccaneers. Smith, of course, was a Super Bowl champion head coach with the Chicago Bears, and he worked as a linebackers coach in Tampa Bay from 1996 to 2000. McKay is the current president of the Atlanta Falcons, but is not dealing directly with personnel decisions. A more hands-on job with the Buccaneers could be enticing for McKay, and he is familiar with the organization after having served as their GM from 1993 to 2003.

When a new staff comes in, it will be interesting to see if they show any faith in quarterback Mike Glennon, who will be in his second year in 2014. Glennon - a third-round pick - was a pleasant surprise this season, boasting a solid 83.9 passer rating in 13 starts. If the new staff does not deem Glennon the long-term answer, they could have a shot at drafting a highly-touted quarterback prospect with the seventh pick in this year's draft.
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