Bucs Fire Lovie Smith

Jameis Winston, Everson Griffen
The Associated Press

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers fired head coach Lovie Smith after just two seasons on the sidelines.

Buccaneers co-chairman Joel Glazer released a statement:

After careful consideration, we informed Lovie that we have decided to make a change. I want to thank Lovie for his hard work and dedication to the Buccaneers during his time here. This decision was difficult on a variety of levels. I am disappointed that we were not more successful these past few seasons, but we are committed to doing what is necessary to give our fans the winning team they deserve. As we move forward, General Manager Jason Licht will oversee the process for finding our next head coach.

Smith, who coached the Chicago Bears to the Super Bowl after the 2006 season, went 8-24 in two years in Tampa Bay. The Buccaneers improved to 6-10 this season. But despite winning four more games than the previous season, the Bucs still finished last in the NFC South.

The last postseason game the Buccaneers won was Super Bowl 38.