Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Greg Schiano and general manager Mark Dominik are the latest Black Monday casualties.
Schiano and Dominik were fired on Monday, according to the team's website. Schiano, who was fired after two years, had three years remaining on his deal.
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"The results over the past two years have not lived up to our standards and we believe the time has come to find a new direction. Mark has been a valued member of our organization for two decades and we respect the passion he showed for the Buccaneers during his time here. We thank Greg for his hard work and effort the past two seasons, but we feel these moves are necessary in order to achieve our goals,” Buccaneers co-chairman Bryan Glazer said in a press release.
The move does not come as a surprise.
Schiano was given an immensely talented team, but the Bucs finished 4-12 in 2013. Tampa Bay began the season 0-8 before posting a victory against the Miami Dolphins on Monday Night Football. Tampa Bay lost four of its last five games to finish this season.
Schiano and Dominik also dealt with plenty of controversy this season, including a MRSA infection at the team facility, and the handling of quarterback Josh Freeman, who was cut after it was leaked to the media that he was in the NFL's drug program. The NFL Players Association called upon the NFL to investigate the source of that leak.
Schiano had a five-year, $15 million contract that had three years left on it. But that financial commitment wasn't enough to convince the Buccaneers to keep Schiano around. The 2013 season got ugly in Tampa Bay, and it cost Schiano his job.
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