Apr 22, 2013; Tampa, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Darrelle Revis (middle) is introduced at a press conference by general manager Mark Dominik (left) and head coach Greg Schiano at One Buccaneer Place. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Mark Dominik and Greg Schiano Have Been Fired by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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.

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.

Did the Buccaneers make the right move in firing Greg Schiano and Mark Dominik?

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  • Jayson Kaplan

    As we’ve previously discussed, I’m of mixed feelings on Dominik. His performance with the draft and free-agent acquisitions will be tough to replace. That said, as GM he allowed Schiano to blow up the Qb position in season rather than dealing with it in the offseason and getting back actual value for Freeman. Still, I am glad enough to see Schiano go that I won’t shed too many tears for Dominik.

  • Centrale

    Regarding Dominik, I think he generally made solid picks. I’m wondering if the buck stopped with him regarding the MRSA situation, and the shameful attempt to weasel out of responsibility in compensating Lawrence Tynes. I don’t think enough has been said in the media about this situation with Tynes and Nicks — not just the embarrassing aspects during a season/era of myriad embarrassments for the Buccaneers, but also the potentially tragic dimension of it on a professional and personal level to these men.

    As for Schiano, he used a variety of techniques to dig his own grave, and I’m relieved to see him go. The final humiliation was the massive amount of points given up by this great defensive-minded coach and the roster of underachievers on the D.