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Did the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Need to Fire Head Coach Lovie Smith?

FILE - In this Nov. 8, 2015, file photo, Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Lovie Smith, center, watches from the sideline during the team's NFL football game against the New York Giants in Tampa, Fla. The Buccaneers fired Smith on Wednesday night, Jan. 6. Smith went 6-10 this year and 8-24 over two seasons in charge of the team. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack, File)

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are coming off an improved 6-10 season with the surprising firing of head coach Lovie Smith.

The Buccaneers finished 2-14 in 2014 and tripled their win total in 2015 with an increase of four.

The drafting of number one overall pick and franchise quarterback Jameis Winston,  would make it seem likely Lovie would be able to work with his new quarterback for at least two or three years.

Lovie Smith had the Buccaneers in the playoff race at 6-6 until the Buccaneers lost their final four games.

The ceiling of this team should not have been considered very high by the team’s evaluators. 8-8 would have been a reasonable expectation for this team with young talent in Lavonte David and Gerald McCoy.

“I think when you have eight wins in two years, three home wins in two years, I think [fans have] been patient enough,” stated general manger Jason Licht.

“All I’d say is a football decision was made that we thought was best for the future of the franchise,” stated Licht.

Statistically it is fair to say the defense did not live up to its standards by ranking 26th in scoring defense and 30th in third down defense. The Buccaneers also had 261 penalties in Smith’s two years.

In Lovie’s defense, the potential of the offense is high for the Buccaneers. Already in the fold are Jameis Winston, Mike Evans, Vincent Jackson, Doug Martin and Austin Seferian-Jenkins.

The Buccaneers need to have a good offseason filling its holes in the roster and hit on its draft picks and expectations could have rose to 10 wins for Lovie in 2016.

Lovie Smith is back on the market for coaching and deserves a third opportunity to lead a team in the NFL.

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