The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have fired Greg Schiano, their beleaguered head coach, along with general manager Mark Dominik.
The Schiano firing comes two years after he was hired. He compiled a 4-12 record this year after going 7-9 last season and incurred the wrath of the majority of the fan base.
Dominik, who has been the Bucs GM since 2009, was also under heavy criticism. During his reign, Tampa Bay was 28-52, failed to make the playoffs and had only one winning season.
"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. "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 lost the first eight games of this season, won three straight but then lost four of his last five games. His offense ranked last in the NFL ,and he received criticism for the way he handled former Bucs quarterback Josh Freeman, who was released early this season after playing in only three games.
There were numerous reports of discontent among the players with charges that Schiano rigged the captain’s vote to deny Freeman the captaincy.
It was reported Monday morning that Schiano said in a player’s meeting that the Bucs had their quarterback in rookie Mike Glennon, who has not won over any of the fan base and was heavily criticized by former players.
Last year the Bucs had the ninth-ranked offense with Freeman at the controls. He threw for 4,000 plus yards with 27 touchdowns and 17 interceptions. But the quarterback and Schiano did not have a good relationship that imploded this year with Schiano saying Glennon gave the Bucs the best chance to win.
The Bucs offense was dreadful this year, particularly in the second half, which fueled accusations that Schiano was a poor game day manager. He was the target of the same criticism when he coached at Rutgers for 11 years before coming to the Bucs.
The Bucs scored 83 points during the second half of games this season for an average of 5.2 points per second half.