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Tampa Bay Buccaneers Let Go of Greg Schiano's Assistant Coaches, Retain Football Operations Staff

In the wake of a 4-12 season in Tampa Bay, there was bound to be a good amount of change on the sidelines and in the front office for the Buccaneers. Monday brought news that Greg Schiano and Mark Dominik had been fired, but there was still uncertainty as to who would remain with the team as a holdover from the previous regime.

According to a report from Roy Cummings of the Tampa Tribune, the coaching staff will be entirely new in 2014.

That means talented running backs coach Earnest Byner, who helped lead Bobby Rainey and Mike James to productive games after the loss of Doug Martin, is without a job at the moment, along with the many defensive coaches who led the Buccaneers to an improved defensive ranking in 2013.

But according to Cummings’ report, the Buccaneers will retain their front office staff, but that may only be temporary. Contracts for front office members usually don’t expire until after the draft, so the Buccaneers may still make changes in this area if they choose to do so. A new GM will have decisions to make with rising stars in the front office in Eric Stokes and Shelton Quarles, while also bringing in new executives to take the team in a new direction.

The only assistant coach we know of at the moment for Lovie Smith’s staff is Jeff Tedford, while Leslie Frazier and Rod Marinelli remain as leading options at defensive coordinator.

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