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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  • Adam L.

    No one on the current staff PLEASE. They probably had SOME hand in the fiasco that was this team and we need a new direction here in Tampa. NO PROMOTIONS!!

    • LeoTPP

      Stokes is a Seattle guy who has just done college scouting and done a great job. I think it’d be ignorant to pass him up just because he was “involved” with this team.

      I agree with you on literally everyone else though.

  • Mike

    Please NOT Lovie Smith – he’s only had 3 winning seasons since 2006!

    • LeoTPP

      That’s a fair concern, but there have been countless coaches who have just needed a change of scenery.

      Lovie just needs to get a good offensive coordinator. He certainly knows defense.

  • Jayson Kaplan

    I’m not necessarily for either of these guys, but what I like about Roman and Bevell is that they’ve demonstrated they can design an offense to suit the personnel they have rather than try to force the personnel into roles in the offense they’ve designed. This is where Sullivan failed.

    • LeoTPP

      This is what makes them stand out to me. Bevell was handed Russell Wilson instead of Matt Flynn based on camp battles and instantly installed the right offense.

      • Jayson Kaplan

        What Roman has done to evolve the offense as Kaepernick evolves as a pro is impressive as well. Either one of them paired up with the right defensive mind can turn this team around as quickly as Rivera did in Carolina.
        I also agree with you and Victor Johnson below that Stokes would make an interesting pick as GM. His ability to assess potential talent has been quite the boon for the Bucs.

  • Victor Johnson

    I think Eric Stokes is an asset; he would be a good GM candidate, although his experience is a drawback. I really like Bevell; he has a great resume and I think he is ready. I don’t like Wisenhunt; not impressed at all. He’s nothing more than a OC, he lucked up with a team that Denny Green built. Warner was there as the QB and he more than Wisenhunt led that team to a SB. Look at the record when Warner left and how many QBs he ran through developing none. I pass!!!! Stokes and Bevell have a working relationship. I don’t care if the person has previous experience; just get the right guy!!!!!!!!

    • LeoTPP

      I agree. I like the idea of Stokes and Bevell working together.

  • Gladi8rr

    Bring back McKay and CHUCKY!

  • steve

    jon gruden GM, jay gruden coach

  • Tb2013

    Shelton Quarles should be the leading candidate. He has a proven track record on and off the field.