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.