One of the more surprising firings of the NFL season probably has to be the one that just happened. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have just announced that they fired head coach Lovie Smith after just two seasons with the team.
The Buccaneers have dismissed Head Coach Lovie Smith.
— Tampa Bay Buccaneers (@Buccaneers) January 7, 2016
The Buccaneers last year went 2-14 which earned them the top pick in the 2015 NFL Draft. That pick turned out to be quarterback Jameis Winston, who showed he was easily worth the price they paid for him.
The team made a slight turnaround as they went 6-10, tripling their win total from last year. Despite that, they missed the playoffs for the eighth straight season and that was enough for the team to release Smith, who ends his stint in Tampa Bay with an 8-24 record.
Whoever replaces Smith will takeover one of the best rushing offenses in the league as they saw a resurgence in Doug Martin. He finished second behind Adrian Peterson for most yards on the ground during the 2015 season.
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