UPDATE: The Glazers have released a statement confirming the news:
“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. 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,” said Buccaneers Co-Chairman Bryan Glazer.
Greg Schiano and Mark Dominik have been fired by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Just minutes after the open locker room session ended, where Greg Schiano reportedly told players that Mike Glennon is “our quarterback” and many players supported Schiano as coach, reports surfaced that Schiano and his general manager Mark Dominik had both been let go.
Here are the tweets reporting the news.
Greg Schiano and Mark Dominik have been fired!
— Jay Glazer (@JayGlazer) December 30, 2013
Buccanneers fired HC Greg Schiano and GM Mark Dominik, as @JayGlazer reported.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) December 30, 2013
This is fantastic news, as it’s evidence that the Glazers were unwilling to accept 4-12 with the talented roster that they paid for, and that they were embarrassed to have to buy up tickets to prevent blackouts for a season in which their team was a laughingstock in the NFL.
Obviously the Glazers must now hire the right coach and GM to replace the departing men from those positions, and that has been a problem for them in the past. But the first step towards getting the right coach is to fire the wrong coach, and Greg Schiano proved he’s the wrong head coach with his 11-21 record.
We’ll keep you updated on any news as to candidates for either job, as well as reactions and statements from the Glazers and others in Tampa Bay.
But as for now, vote in the poll below and sound off on the firing of Schiano and Dominik.