Dec. 30, 2012; Detroit, MI, USA; Chicago Bears head coach Lovie Smith runs off the field after defeating the Detroit Lions 26-24 at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

Early Candidates to Become New Head Coach and General Manager of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Following news that the Buccaneers had relieved Greg Schiano and Mark Dominik of their duties as head coach and general manager, Buccaneer fans are now looking to the future to consider who will take their places and help the Buccaneers build a winning franchise moving forward.

Here are some early thoughts on who could become the next coach and GM of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Head Coach

Lovie Smith remains one of the obvious choices, as he’s won before in the NFL and has ties to Tampa Bay. He’s always struggled to manage an offense, but with the right staff in place, he may turn out to be a viable option for the Bucs.

Greg Roman  of the San Francisco 49ers stands out as a fantastic coordinator who could become a head coach, along with Darrell Bevell of the Seattle Seahawks. Both of these candidates lead new, exotic offenses which they adapted to on the fly when their teams made changes to dynamic young quarterbacks Colin Kaepernick and Russell Wilson.

Ken Wisenhunt stands out as another option as a coordinator, and like Lovie Smith he has Super Bowl experience as the Cardinals’ head coach in 2008.

General Manager

Eric Stokes is the best in-house option the Buccaneers have, as the Director of College Scouting has helped the team bring in stars like Doug Martin, Lavonte David, Mark Barron and more during his two seasons in charge. He came to Tampa Bay from Seattle, and clearly has a good grasp on how a winning football team is run.

Shelton Quarles is a former Buccaneer who is also currently on staff in Tampa Bay as the Director of Pro Scouting. He is also an option.

But outside of these two in-house names, it’s tough to predict who the Buccaneers may pursue. Chris Mortensen of ESPN had a recommendation that may or may not be thrilling to most Bucs fans:

Rich McKay was the GM of the Buccaneers during their turnaround in the late 90′s and brought about a mass of talent which led to the team’s first Super Bowl title.

Of course, McKay is now a high-ranking official with the Falcons, so it would be very interesting to see him bolt for the Buccaneers.

Who would you like to see at coach and GM? Let us know in the comments below!

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