Dec. 23, 2012; Glendale, AZ, USA: Chicago Bears head coach Lovie Smith against the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Expect the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to Hire an Experienced NFL Head Coach to Replace Greg Schiano

The Glazers might not be easy to read when it comes to firing coaches, but the owners of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have a pretty clear method when it comes to hiring coaches.

When they let go of Tony Dungy, a player’s coach with a calm demeanor and a defensive style, they switched to Jon Gruden, a scowling, commanding leader with an offensive style.

When Gruden didn’t meet expectations, they flipped the script again and brought in a “rising star” with a defensive background and a player-friendly mentality. But when Raheem Morris’ proved he couldn’t handle the job, the owners of the Bucs quickly turned to Chip Kelly, an offensive coach with head coaching experience.

But since Kelly turned them down at the final moment, they were forced to scramble, and went with Greg Schiano, a college coach with more experience than Morris and a stronger personality for the locker room.

Two pro coaches with different mentalities. Two college coaches with different mentalities. Can you guess what the next hire will be?

The Buccaneers will almost certainly hire an experienced NFL coach this time around, and that’s already proving to be true with the names connected to the job. So far, only two names have popped up on news wires: Lovie Smith and Gary Kubiak. But don’t be surprised if names like Mike Shanahan and Ken Wisenhunt pop up before all is said and done, as well.

The Glazers like to distance themselves from things that don’t work, if history is any track record. So don’t expect a college coach or an unproven coordinator to step in and take the job in Tampa Bay.

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  • victorbarney

    Yes, but not only does Tampa Bay need a Head Coach with experience, it better be ONLY from a franchise WINNING club, like San Francisco or Pittsburgh are my top two choices, but New England also would be a possibility…

    • Jayson Kaplan

      I’m not sure how much stock I put in what franchise they come from as coaching trees are typically a bit more complicated than straight lines. Most of these guys have worked for over half a dozen clubs or are one degree separated from someone who did.

      You mention New England. One of these teams is going to bring in Josh McDaniels, the guy who thought Tebow was a first round pick. How’s that for a New England guy? Let’s not forget that Schiano is a Belichick devotee. How’d that work out? Mike Singletary coached San Francisco (into the ground). You want him?

      Give me a guy that made it work with a team that hasn’t seen a lot of success because that’s the situation he’s inheriting.