The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have fired head coach Greg Schiano and general manager Mark Dominik, the team announced Monday shortly before noon.
“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,” Bucs co-chairman Bryan Glazer said in a statement issued by the team.
“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.”
Schiano briefed the team during a 10:00 meeting but no mention was made of the firing. He told players to rest their bodies and get ready for camp. There was even talk of bouncing back to make the playoffs.
“We’re all grown men here. We all kind of know the business. We’re not the younger guys. They [were] talking to us like they were going to be back,” linebacker Jonathan Casillas said before the announcement was made.
“This is a production business. The wins and the losses have to add up. If people think they need to get another shot, as in the coaching staff, then that’s what they need to do. But that’s all upstairs.”
Defensive tackle Gerald McCoy treated it as any other day. “I came in today just expecting regular exit meetings. I’m about to go get a haircut and just get off my feet. I’m not even thinking about that, man. As far as I know, everyone’s going to be here.”
When asked if he’d be upset if Schiano was let go, McCoy responded, “Yeah. Me and Coach are actually friends. We have a really good relationship outside of football. He’s a great guy. [He’s] more than just a good guy. He’s a great coach. I can honestly say I’ve known more about football in the past two years than I have in my entire life.”
The firings came on the heels of a 42-17 loss to the New Orleans Saints Sunday, capping off a dismal 4-12 second season for Schiano in which the team started 0-8, had a MRSA outbreak and parted ways with franchise quarterback Josh Freeman.
Through his two years as head coach, he finished 11-21 (.344). The Bucs were last in the NFC South both times.
During Dominik’s five-year tenure as G.M., the team compiled a 28-52 record. He spent 18 years with the organization, working his way up from pro personnel assistant to taking over after Bruce Allen was fired in 2009.
Dominik was the lone survivor when the team parted ways with head coach Raheem Morris after the 2011 season.