The Buccaneers did a solid job recovering from a winless start to the season but it wasn't enough for the Glazer family, as they've fired head coach Greg Schiano and general manager Mark Domink on Monday.
Tampa won just four games, endured a debacle with Josh Freeman before releasing the former first-round pick and were part of a public firestorm for the first half of the season. Tampa finished 4-4 down the stretch but it wasn't good enough for the Glazers.
"The results over the past two years have not lived up to our standards and we believe the time has come to find a new direction," the Glazers said in a statement. "Mark has been a valued member of our organization for two decades and we respect the passion he showed for the Buccaneers during his time here. We thank Greg for his hard work and effort the past two seasons, but we feel these moves are necessary in order to achieve our goals."
Jay Glazer (no relation) of Fox Sports first reported the news.
Schiano was in his second year after being hired away after a lengthy stint at Rutgers. Schiano went 11-21 in two seasons with the Bucs and finished last in the NFC South both seasons while running the Bucs.
He wasn't popular with the fans and rankled others around the NFL with an aggressive approach to certain aspects of the game (such as crashing the victory formation).
Schiano had three years remaining on his contract.
Dominik's firing is a little bit more surprisng, but he was the guy who hired Schiano. He also drafted Freeman and missed on a number of other draft picks, most notably a group of four defensive lineman that's only produced one true impact player (Gerald McCoy).
Said Dominik in a statement sent out Monday evening: "I have appreciated my 19 seasons as a member of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. During that time, Tampa has become home for me and my family. We have developed great relationships with many friends and fans. I am especially proud of the strong connection that now has been built between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers organization and our military.
I have been blessed over the years here to work with some of the brightest minds of the game. All told, I have worked with seven men who have served as general managers and 10 who have been head coaches in the National Football League.
"Winning SB XXXVII under the direction of head coach Jon Gruden and general manager Rich McKay was an experience I will never forget. I believe that this team is well positioned for success in the future and I would like to express my gratitude to the Glazer family for the opportunity they provided me nearly 20 years ago to grow and succeed in the NFL.”