Tampa, FL - Greg Schiano is out as the coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Head Coach. In two seasons in Tampa, Schiano went 11-21 in two seasons, and it was a tumultuous two years. Many thought from the beginning that Schiano and Quarterback Josh Freeman were not a match made in heaven from the very beginning, it proved to be correct, as Freeman had issues on and off the field and was released after 3 weeks in 2013. Rookie Mike Glennon then took over and had some ups and downs, but it wasn’t enough to save Schiano’s job and the Bucs finished a porous 4-12. It will be up to the new head coach to decide whether or not to give Glennon another year as the buccaneers quarterback, if history is any indication, most Head Coaches like to choose their own franchise quarterback, so I would not be surprised to see the Bucs target a quarterback in the draft.
General Manager Marc Dominik was also fired, as GM, Dominick has had some hits in the draft in Gerald McCoy and Lavonte David, but the list of misses is much longer, highlighted by Quarterback Josh Freeman. Dominick was the GM of the Bucs from 2009-2013. The Bucs GM choice will be integral in their choice of a Quarterback.
Some coaches I can see the Bucs targeting.
Bengals Offensive Coordinator- Jay Gruden: Will the Glazers go down the Gruden road again?
Bengals Defensive Coordinator- Mike Zimmer: Zimmer is overdue for a Head Coaching job, Zimmer would do wonders with the talent the Bucs have on defense.
Former Bears Head Coach and Bucs Assistant- Lovie Smith: After sitting out one year, Lovie Smith could return to where he was an Assistant under Tony Dungy in Tampa. Lovie would not be the flashiest hire, but Smith has been to a Super Bowl and could be exactly what the Bucs need in a replacement for Schiano.
Former Browns Head Coach- Rob Chudzinski: From what I saw, Chud did a pretty decent job in his first and only season as a Head Coach. It is a possibility the Browns are just an inept organization and Chudzinski when given the time and talent, he could be a very good NFL coach
Saints Defensive Coordinator- Rob Ryan: This would likely be the flashiest hire, and to be honest, it would be my first choice. Rob Ryan was hired by the Saints and turned around one of the worst defenses in NFL history into a top 5 defense in yards allowed per game. Like Zimmer, I think Ryan would be able to captilize on defensive talent that Schiano was unable to do.
If the Bucs do go the defensive route, it is imperative they get a good Offensive Coordinator hire who can groom Glennon or whichever Quarterback the Bucs sign or draft.
Nathan Powell is a Staff Writer for Pro Sports Extra.