While the New Orleans Saints prepare for a very tough matchup with the Philadelphia Eagles in the Wild Card Round, just remember that things could be much worse — across the NFC South, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have fired head coach Greg Schiano after a horrific season.
The Associated Press, via NOLA.com, has the stunning details:
The Bucs made the announcement Monday, a day after a season-ending 42-17 loss to the New Orleans dropped Schiano’s record to 11-21 over two seasons.
Bucs co-chairman Bryan Glazer said in a brief statement that the team has “not lived up to our standards” over the past two years and “we believe the time has come to find a new direction.”
Tampa Bay lost the first eight games of the season while going through a messy split with former quarterback Josh Freeman and an outbreak of MRSA infections in the locker room.
The Saints swept the Buccaneers in 2013, but the first matchup in Tampa Bay was much more competitive. By the time the Week 17 matchup rolled around, the Buccaneers simply rolled over.
Schiano is likely in the hunt for another collegiate job at this point, which may have played a role in the decision here.
Regardless, expect Tampa Bay to bring in an experienced head coach, as Leo Howell of The Pewter Plank writes. There is a talented roster in place, so expect the Buccaneers to be better next season with some actual guidance.
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