Buccaneers’ Shocking Firing of Lovie Smith Pushes Them All-In on Jameis Winston

January 7, 2016   ·     ·   Jump to comments

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers' firing of Lovie Smith made absolutely no sense—except, of course, it was the only rational move they could make.
Why bring Smith, the stoutest branch of the great Tony Dungy/Jon Gruden Bucs coaching tree, back home to Tampa Bay and only give him two years? Why wasn't an improvement from 2-14 to 6-10 good enough to save his job, especially in a year when they drafted a quarterback No. 1 overall?
If 6-10 wasn't good enough for Smith to keep his job, why on Earth did they wait three days to fire him, in a season when most teams didn't even wait for Black Monday to open up their spot on the coaching carousel? Most nonsensical of all, why would they announce it via an official team site post at 10:30 p.m. ET?
Buccaneers players were clearly just as shocked as fans. All-Pro linebacker Lavonte David took to Twitter to vent his frustrations about the incessant coaching churn he's had to deal with (David later deleted the Tweets):
David certai...

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