Lovie Smith Fired by Buccaneers: Latest Details, Comments and Reaction

January 7, 2016   ·     ·   Jump to comments

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers fired head coach Lovie Smith on Wednesday following two disappointing seasons with the franchise.
The organization passed along co-chairman Joel Glazer's statement on its official website:
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.
According to Tom Pelissero of USA Today, Tampa Bay's coaching staff had no idea Smith would be fired. He cited one Bucs coach, who said, "We are all in shock." ESPN's Josina Anderson reported that she had just talked to members of the staff who "believed ...

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