The Tampa Bay Buccaneers stunned the league with the announcement that they fired head coach Lovie Smith after a brief two-year tenure. To make matters worse for Smith, it looks like the offensive coordinator he hand-picked this season, Dirk Koetter, has emerged as the frontrunner to replace him.
Only one month ago, the Bucs were 6-6 and in good position to make a run at the postseason. But after losing the final four games, coach Lovie Smith just wasn’t able to finish the job, let alone keep it.
Going 8-24 over his two seasons with Tampa Bay, he fell short of the young franchise’s expectations. But after finishing 2-14 in 2014, it seems foolish to ignore the significant progress made this season. The Bucs managed to triple their win total and finish top 10 in both offense (5th) and defense (10th). Obviously, Tampa Bay’s front office expected even more, as Smith is left to search for a new job.
With a phenomenal young nucleus featuring Jameis Winston and Mike Evans, the Buccaneers appeared to be heading in the right direction. Now, Winston will have to adjust to a new head coaching figure, which Tampa Bay fans have to hope won’t stunt his development.
No matter who replaces Smith this coming season, Tampa Bay issued a stern warning – they expect to be in next year’s postseason.
Source: Sports Rants