The Greg Schiano era has officially ended. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers chose wisely to let go of Schiano on “Black Monday” along with GM Mark Dominik. Schiano led the Bucs to an 4-12 record in 2013 and the team has posted 22 losses in two seasons under him. In a fantastic decision for the future of this football team, the Bucs now look ahead to potential replacements right away.
And, by right away, I mean right away.
Tampa Bay is reportedly looking at former Chicago Bears head coach Lovie Smith as one of their top candidates, according to The Chicago Tribune. Smith has heavy ties to the organization as a former assistant and stems from a long line of coaches who worked with former Bucs coach Tony Dungy.
Also included in the report is the likelihood of the Bucs bringing back former executive Rich McKay, who would become the team’s general manager. This particular report has been given by multiple sources now, including ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
From @mortreport: Bucs will give consideration to reaching back to past, bringing back a Rich McKay-Lovie Smith tag team.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) December 30, 2013
The Smith-McKay package makes sense for Tampa Bay, especially because of the fact that Smith would be very interested in returning to the Bucs. According to Jason La Canfora of NFL.com, Smith had told those close to him that he would indeed be intrigued by the possibility of the Bucs’ coaching job opening up.
Whatever the future holds for Tampa Bay, the good news is that the problem is gone. Schiano was not the ideal players’ coach, which is exactly what a guy like Smith would be. He didn’t see eye to eye with a few key players, and was the biggest reason former franchise quarterback Josh Freeman’s departure was so ugly. We’ll see where the Bucs go from here, and as always, we’ll keep you updated.