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ICYMI: Buccaneers Fire HC Lovie Smith
- Updated: January 7, 2016
Tampa Bay, FL – Unexpectedly, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers announced Wednesday night that they had parted ways with head coach Lovie Smith after two seasons and going 8-24.
“After careful consideration, we informed Lovie that we have decided to make a change,” Buccaneers co-chairman Joel Glazer said in a statement Wednesday night. “I want to thank Lovie for his hard work and dedication to the Buccaneers during his time here.”
The Bucs will hold a news conference on Thursday afternoon to discuss Smith’s dismissal.
The firing of Smith came as a surprise as everyone believed his position was safe given that he had a rookie quarterback and would be given an opportunity to groom him for one more season, at least.
The Bucs become the seventh team in the NFL with a head-coaching vacancy, joining the 49ers, Browns, Dolphins, Eagles, Giants and Titans.
Smith was the third coach since the firing of Jon Gruden in 2008, who led the Bucs to its only Super Bowl win.