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Coaches Heat Index – Bucs fans are ready to see Greg Schiano fired

Anwar S. Richardson
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Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Greg Schiano should know his tenure is coming to an end for one clear reason.

It is not because of the way he mishandled former quarterback Josh Freeman’s final days in Tampa, although the passer struggled again on Monday. The NFL Players Association's accusations of Schiano revealing Freeman’s medical information is bad, but not the reason he should be concerned. Schiano’s 0-6 record with eight Pro Bowlers and a big payroll is incriminating, but not the smoking gun.

Schiano should know the end is near because there is a website dedicated to seeing him fired.

FireSchiano.com is alive and well, and somebody is ready to see this coach gone. The website has been shared among Bucs fans on Facebook recently, especially after an embarrassing 31-23 loss against the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday. Schiano has one victory in Tampa Bay’s past 12 games, and the Bucs are in strong contention to challenge the Detroit Lions’ 0-16 record in 2008.

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THIS WEEK’S THREE HOTTEST SEATS
Greg Schiano, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

When the biggest story of Schiano’s week is a confrontation with former Super Bowl MVP Dexter Jackson, the positive storylines are gone. The Glazers need to send former Bears coach Lovie Smith a real estate link with available homes in Tampa.

Gary Kubiak, Houston Texans
Houston entered the season with Super Bowl aspirations, but Kubiak’s squad seems destined for a high draft pick. Jacksonville may win the Teddy Bridgewater sweepstakes, but Houston’s next coach will be able to select the quarterback of his choice after this season.

Mike Smith, Atlanta Falcons
Sure, the Falcons defeated Tamp, but it is hard to believe this team has a significant amount of wins remaining in them. Smith could blame this lost season on injuries and save his job, but it seems like Atlanta always settles for mediocrity.

GETTING WARMER
Ron Rivera, Carolina Panthers

He moves out of the three hottest seats only because the other coaches are bigger disappointments. It will take a miraculous playoff run to save Rivera’s job, and unless the Panthers make a trade soon, Carolina will find a new coach after this season.

GETTING COLDER
Rex Ryan, New York Jets

On behalf of everyone who doubted you, we apologize. Outside of Kansas City’s Andy Reid, Ryan’s coaching performance might be the best of any signal-caller this year. Ryan, enjoy that new contract after the season.

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Anwar S Richardson is a writer for Shutdown Corner on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at NFLAnwar@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter!

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