Buccaneers surprisingly fire Smith


After going 8-24 in two seasons in Tampa Bay, head coach Lovie Smith was fired by the Buccaneers on Wednesday.

Smith's team were 6-10 this year with number one pick Jameis Winston at quarterback, improving from their 2-14 season in 2014.

Winston had a shocking NFL debut, but rebounded to throw for 4,042 yards with 22 touchdowns and 15 interceptions.

"After careful consideration, we informed Lovie that we have decided to make a change," Buccaneers co-chairman Joel Glazer said in a statement.

"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."