Fired!

December 3rd, 2019

Bucs impact

If Gerald McCoy plays next season, it will be for his sixth head coach in 11 years.

That’s because McCoy’s latest head coach, Ron Rivera, got canned today.

On Sunday, Joe wrote all about the looming firings in Carolina and Atlanta. Joe didn’t think Rivera would be axed so quickly, but Panthers ownership wants to get a jump on hiring its next head coach, and hey, no need to mess around when you know a guy is toast.

Joe suspects Rivera’s firing might spark Falcons head man Arthur Blank to consider lopping off head coach Dan Quinn before the end of the season.

Man, it’s been five seasons since a team other than the Bucs fired a head coach — and the Bucs proceeded to hire the guy, Mike Smith, to fix their defense.

This division shakeup presents such an opportunity for the Bucs in a league where a little edge can go a long way.

Will the Panthers come calling to interview Bucs coordinators Byron Leftwich or Todd Bowles? If they were smart, they would in order to soak as much knowledge out of those guys as possible.

And yes, per league rules, the Bucs have to let them interview. And per Joe’s opinion, Arians certainly would encourage both to do it.

58 Responses to “Fired!”

  1. LordCornelius Says:

    too much ice cream

  2. Allbuccedup Says:

    Maybe we should keep Bowles and Leftwich and let them interview BA.

  3. Buc believer Says:

    McCoy the coach killer!!!! LOL 😝

  4. Loyaltotheend Section 312 Says:

    GMC is a coach killer ha ha ha

    Bet he’s kicking himself for not choosing to sign with Baltimore

  5. Barbosa Says:

    Good quality coach who had a long run.

  6. AlteredEgo Says: Your comment is awaiting moderation. Says:

    That franchise is lost without Richardson who was forced to sell the team…

  7. D-Rome Says:

    Interesting to say the least. The Panthers have a lot of issues with that team but Riverboat Ron was low on the list. How far did ownership expect to go with a backup QB?

  8. Defense Rules Says:

    Losing Todd Bowles would be disastrous for the Bucs. I still think he’s the next Bucs’ head coach.

    Losing Byron Leftwich? OK, now I’m rooting for the Panthers to step up.

  9. ClodHopper Says:

    Since the Stinking Panthers new owner insists on meddling on every little detail, here’s to hoping he’s football dumb and hires someone like Wade Phillips!!

  10. LUVMYBUCS Says:

    Message From Panther’s Ownership:
    • David Tepper Owner & Arguably The Greatest Hedge Fund Manager Of All-Time.

    “We Won’t Accept Mediocrity”

  11. LUVMYBUCS Says:

    DR

    Hopefully Byron Leftwich & Harold Goodwin

    Can be replaced by:

    Offensive Coordinator: Ken Whisenhunt
    Offensive Line Coach: Russ Grimm

  12. BigHog Says:

    We need to keep all that’s onboard at this time…but knowing that it won’t happen…BA will make the right choices should anyone bolt!!!

  13. pelbuc Says:

    Good coach with a coach killing QB as well. Panthers made a mistake in firing him.

  14. LUVMYBUCS Says:

    Was hoping we could pick’em up if BA retires.
    But it looks like a great spot for Raven’s Offensive Coordinator Greg Roman.

  15. LordCornelius Says:

    Greg Roman has been solid it seems in a lot of places

  16. Steven007 Says:

    LUV, that would be lovely… I don’t hate BL but that’s an obvious improvement.

  17. JimmyJack Says:

    Wow what a freaking mistake. Rivera is a good coach dude. Stupid awful move. That team don’t realize how lucky they were to have quality coaching with Ron and Fox before him.

    This is nothing but good news for Buc fans. Maybe they now go through the same turmoil we have looking for quality coaching over the last decade.

    Atlanta might do the same thing with Quinn who is another good coach(at least in mine opinion). That’s why the last game of the season is vastly meaningful despite what the bandwagoners say. We need to crush the Falcoln and seal Quins fate and then watch them squirm and try to find a better HC!!!

    GO BUCS!

  18. LUVMYBUCS Says:

    LC
    SteveDoubleO

    He’s got a knack with these young mobile quarterbacks.

  19. LUVMYBUCS Says:

    JJ

    No worries.
    No doubt “River Boat” Ron will land on his feet.
    Hopefully its with the Bears.

  20. Kobe Faker Says:

    “Bring in Norv Turner as OC =

    2020 TB playoff bound and JW3 MVP”

    Kobe Faker

  21. JimmyJack Says:

    Hopefully those two orginazations hire the modern day versions of Dave Wanstedt and Wayne Fontes to lead their men for the new decade.

  22. Steve in Mad Beach Says:

    Sapp was the QB Killa,

    GMC is the Coach Killa!

  23. JimmyJack Says:

    No LUV Ron’s a good coach so let’s hope it’s in the AFC.

    Plus even though them teams are not our rivals anymore I still hate every team in the NFC North. Wish all of em nothing but failure.

  24. Pewter power Says:

    Don’t bring Ken Whisenhunt a hedge near this franchise besides if leftwich were hired it would fall to harold Goodwin.

  25. Miller5252 Says:

    Bye bye Cam. Here comes the total rebuild. Would even doubt Luke.

  26. DooshLaRue Says:

    Bet he’s kicking himself for not choosing to sign with Baltimore
    __________

    Are you serious?
    Gummy don’t like to work January & February!

  27. Tampabaybucfan Says:

    Panthers to Leftwich….”So Byron, what’s your secret?”…
    Byron “Well, I fool everybody by running it up the middle on first downs….especially in the red zone”

  28. JimmyJack Says:

    Don’t forget too. The Bucs made this happen. We ended Cam career in Carolina. Ending his season back in week 2 directly led to this. That’s how you over take a division, proper.

  29. John.L Says:

    LordCornelius Says:

    Greg Roman has been solid it seems in a lot of places.

    If you bring in Greg Roman,draft J.Hurts!!

  30. FortMyersDave Says:

    Call it curse of the Redskins. Losing at home to a 2 win team was the final nail in the coffin. The Bucs DC meltdown in 2015 was probably what got Lovie fired a few years back as well….. Oh yeah, I guess you can make the argument that GMC jinxes his teams. Too bad the Bucs did not show up in London against this 10 loss team. Add that to the Giant, Titan and Seattle missed opportunities…..

  31. Adrnagy Says:

    If they trade cam. Draft hurts with Christian and those young receivers they might have something going.

  32. DaBux Says:

    Old Gerald continues to live up to his nickname:

    Coachkiller

    Sapps was better: QBKilla

  33. Doctor Stroud Says:

    Losing to the Bucs means that you will lose your job. Doug Marrone of the Jags is next.

  34. Tampabuscsbro Says:

    @fortmeyersdave The team showed up. Their QB turned the ball over 6 times.

  35. K2 Says:

    I think Todd Bowles is an excellent defensive coordinator, but not a head coach (at least right now). My opinion is based on his Jets experience. I don’t think they would learn a lot for Bowles, because he builds the defense around the players. So, he can talk about strategy, but the details would be lacking.

  36. Kgh4life Says:

    The Redskins ran all over the Panthers on Sunday, not surprised when you got GMC in the middle.

  37. soggy Says:

    Wow we are in 2nd place in our division, hope we can stay there the rest of the games, Next year could be playoffs, yes I said playoffs..lol

  38. ElioT Says:

    Anyone see McCoy’s forced Facetime during the 11/25 Panthers/Saints game?

    “That’s the most skilled white dude in NFL history, yeah I said it!”

    This dude is such a dork, posing for the cameras when he’s on the bench acting like a cool cat.

    BTW: The Panthers lost by 3pts and McCoy contributed 1 assist.

    I’ll bet he wasn’t even concerned about the loss…
    “He guys, don’t worry about losing, we’re having fun, wait till you see what I said to this one camera about CMC, I’m so funny and cool right guys? Wanna have a team sleep-over and play with my dolls?”

    McCoy is a total joke who cares about nothing other than his fake image. He’s a career loser,

  39. ElioT Says:

    Anyone see McCoy’s forced Facetime during the 11/25 Panthers/Saints game?

    “That’s the most skilled white dude in NFL history, yeah I said it!”

    This dude is such a dork, posing for the cameras when he’s on the bench acting like a cool cat.

    BTW: The Panthers lost by 3pts and McCoy contributed 1 assist.

    I’ll bet he wasn’t even concerned about the loss…
    “He guys, don’t worry about losing, we’re having fun, wait till you see what I said to this one camera about CMC, I’m so funny and cool right guys? Wanna have a team sleep-over and play with my dolls?”

    McCoy is a total joke who cares about nothing other than his fake image. He’s a career loser and I’m positive real football players and leaders on the Panthers can’t stand him.

    Loser!

  40. snookman Says:

    dumpster fire division it has become.

  41. Buccaneer Bonzai Says:

    Byron might get interviewed to meet the Rooney Rule, but he won’t get an HC job. And Arians will NOT replace him. No need to. For a first time OC, he hasn’t been doing so bad that he should be replaced.

    Our DC isn’t going anywhere either.

  42. ElioT Says:

    Anyone see McCoy’s forced Facetime during the 11/25 Panthers/Saints game?

    “That’s the most skilled white dude in NFL history, yeah I said it!”

    This dude is such a dork, posing for the cameras when he’s on the bench acting like a cool cat.

    BTW: The Panthers lost by 3pts and McCoy contributed 1 assist.

    I’ll bet he wasn’t even concerned about the loss…
    “He guys, don’t worry about losing, we’re having fun, wait till you see what I said to this one camera about CMC, I’m so funny and cool right guys? Wanna have a team sleep-over and play with my dolls?”

    McCoy is a total joke who cares about nothing other than his fake image. He’s a career loser and I’m positive real football players and leaders on the Panthers can’t stand him.

    Loser!

  43. Tye Says:

    Sure will be sad if the Panthers and Falcons have better seasons next year than the Bucs.. Likely will happen if they can’t get a quality QB and needed players…

    It’s a Bucs life!

  44. JimmyJack Says:

    Hahaha Eliot….Thanks for sharing. Won’t never forget how the guy thought he desreved some sorta paraise or something for working out on Cinco De Mayo???

    I came home that day all dirty and smelly working for some meager peanuts to that P propping himself up!! He basically spit on fans on the way out in some creepy little passive way. Turned a bunch of us into haters on the way out. Myself included. So glad that bullspit artist don’t live in our community no more. Defientally is a better place without him.

    Gotta admitt though. His smile can light up a room.

  45. Issac haggins Says:

    Bowles pit MEdwards at nickel over Dean and had Dean inactive !!!
    Dude their are coordinators out their that haven’t made blunders like this guy has made this year in 10 years. Btw Hardgraves is playing pretty good in Texas ( I wasn’t a fan) but BAchas had to step on Bowles way more than On would think and it wasn’t until he did that the d improved !!

    Now Lefty May have a future but he needs to be demoted a tad for now !!

  46. Issac haggins Says:

    Put , there ………my bad

    Settle down grammar police , it’s just a forum

  47. Issac haggins Says:

    Bowles put MEdwards at nickel over Dean and had Dean inactive !!!
    Dude there are coordinators out there that haven’t made blunders like this guy has made this year in 10 years. Btw Hardgraves is playing pretty good in Texas ( I wasn’t a fan) but BAchas had to step on Bowles way more than On would think and it wasn’t until he did that the d improved !!

    Now Lefty May have a future but he needs to be demoted a tad for now !!

  48. Duthsty Rhothdes Says:

    rivera will be the next HC of the NY Giants; he will get them to win the NFC East next year. Blank & Tepper are going to shoot high with a Lincoln Riley, Harbaugh or Urban Meyer type

  49. JimmyJack Says:

    Issac before you start to foam from the mouth over there realize that there have been more then a couple media’s question if there was something behind the scenes that led to Dean getting benched……..It would not surprise me to hear similar questions about Hargreaves here.

    Secondly who cares if Hargreaves is playing OK in the slot in Houston? Did he make any INTs to seal a victory for them yet? Cause thats what our slot corner just did……Even if Bunting wasnt playing well I argue we still better off with him taking the reps and learning. No way in hell we we’re going to pay Vernon 10M to play slot next year. He was good as gone anyway. Why did you wanna pay him 10M? You’re probably alone in a corner if that’s your opinion.

  50. [email protected] Roof Cleaning Tampa Says:

    Donovan McNabb tweeted Ron Rivera is going to be the next Dallas Coach

  51. MadMax Says:

    Haha, it wasnt the coach….but ok, scapegoat him…. wont have to worry about the kitties for about 3 years (hopefully)

  52. Ndog Says:

    Man we have the second best coach in the division, the best WR duo, the best pass rusher and the best QB in the division. The issue seems to be the young (but seem to be getting better) secondary, the oline and the running game. If we can keep this nucleus together next year and add some oline and maybe one veteran in the secondary along with a versitle running back next should be exciting. But forget that we have four games left this year, LETS DO THIS!!!!!!

  53. Mike Johnson Says:

    Good luck to you there Riverboat Ron. I’m sure you will land safely and stay in coaching if that’s what you want to do. Some team will pick you as an HC in the college ranks or an assistant in the NFL. No Worries.

  54. unbelievable Says:

    This just magnifies the giant lost opportunity that was this season. Giants Seahawks and titans all winnable games with the difference of one play.

    Falcons and Panthers in the dumps, even Brees was out for a few weeks. But we weren’t ready to take advantage.

  55. Buc1987 Says:

    5-7 NDog.

  56. Bruce Blahak Says:

    Cancer McCoy…..the legend lives on

  57. Bucsfanman Says:

    Ya’ll crack me up! Like GMC had anything to do with Ron’s firing!

    It’s extremely surprising given the injuries and especially when you consider Rivera’s resume. He’s a good coach who will land on his feet somewhere.

  58. orlbucfan Says:

    JimmyJack Says:
    December 3rd, 2019 at 5:00 pm
    ———————–
    Agree. Firing Rivera is a major mistake. He’s a winning HC, and has proved it. Problem is the new owner is still another financial greedball who thinks he knows it all. Just another reason why the fans should own the teams. Bowles has been burned once as a HC. He’s building a great defense here, and knows it. He’s not leaving anytime soon.