They’re All GoneJanuary 3rd, 2014
In the wake of the firing of former Bucs commander Greg Schiano, his assistants, some 84 in all (sarcasm, people), were still listed as staff members on Buccaneers.com. This freaked out hyper, Mountain Dew-chugging fans who honestly thought Lovie was going to continue the prancing Sheridan Stunts.
It seems Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times has calming words on Twitter for those Bucs fans, who, prone on their backs at night, had chewed through their fingernails thinking only Schiano was jettisoned.
@gregauman: Sounds like all of Greg Schiano’s assistant coaches have been formally notified by Bucs they won’t be retained. Not aware of any kept on. … Assistant coaches who came in with Greg Schiano had two-year contracts with a third-year club option from Bucs. Team not taking options. … Former Miami and UNC coach Butch Davis was also not retained by Bucs as special assistant to the head coach. Worked under Schiano 2012-13.
Joe is chagrin for some, namely Earnest Byner and Bryan Cox. Those guys did good work and it’s hard to argue they couldn’t be valuable members of Lovie’s staff (who knows, maybe they will be?).
Now, for the vile haters out there, Joe has bad news. The staff of former Bucs rock star general manager Mark Dominik is in tact.
This is smart. First, the Bucs don’t yet have a general manager. Second, East-West Shrine Game practices in St. Petersburg are 10 days away. The Senior Bowl practices in Mobile are the following week. Those are critical scouting events. To not have a staff in place at those events is begging for draft-day disasters.
Joe doesn’t expect significant changes on the football operations front until after the Senior Bowl, maybe not until after the combine and perhaps not until the draft is finished in May.