Bucs fire Gruden and Allen

by thoughtfulconservative

UPDATE IV: Buccaneers.com announces a news conference for 3 pm ET (3:30?)

UPDATE III: The St. Petersburg Times reports that Morris will be head coach, Mark Dominik the General manager and possibly Gary Gibbs as defensive coordinator.

UPDATE II: Just as I updated, a tweet from TBO.com posted a story that not only Glazer but Peter King of SI.com and ESPN.com’s John Clayton are also citing sources that Morris will succeed Gruden.

UPDATE: FOXSports’ Jay Glazer reports Buc sources say that Bucs Defensive Coordinator Raheem Morris will replace Gruden. Morris had been rumored as a candidate for the Denver job.

From the St. Petersburg Times Tampa Bay Online web site,

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have fired head coach Jon Gruden and general manager Bruce Allen.

The team made the announcement in a two-paragraph statement on its Web site after 5:30 p.m. Friday. No successor has been named for either job.

The move had been talked about since the Bucs lost 4 straight games and fell out of playoff contention.

Gruden was 57-55 in seven seasons as head coach with the Bucs, but was only 45-51 after his initial season. His record still ranks second among seven all-time Bucs coaches. Tony Dungy, the head coach Gruden replaced, was 56-45 in six seasons.

In 11 seasons as a head coach, including four with the Oakland Raiders, Gruden compiled a 91-77 overall record and his teams won four division titles.

Bucs players contacted by the Times were surprised by the firings. Fan Opinion, on the other hand leaned in favor of the firings.

He will no doubt catch on at one of the other teams looking for coaches as will Bruce Allen.

I’m not sure what I think of this. I’m still a little upset with Glazers for firing Dungy. But “Chuckie” certainly hasn’t shown much since the Super Bowl season, although it’s a little unfair to blame him completely for the fade at the end.

But the buck (Buc?) stops with the coach.

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