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The Dolphins scared the Buccaneers into firing Lovie Smith

Still trying to make sense of the Bucs' decision to fire Lovie Smith after two seasons? Apparently it has a lot to do with the fact that the Dolphins were interested in Tampa's offensive coordinator.

NO LOVE FOR LOVIEBuccaneers fire Lovie Smith after two seasons in Tampa Bay. There's almost always one surprise when coaches start getting fired in January. This year it was the Buccaneers with a late-night move to dump Lovie Smith after just two seasons. Guess how the Bucs gave Smith the news that he was fired.

SURPRISEDBuccaneers LB Lavonte David lashes out at "stupid" decision to fire Lovie Smith. Most fans were surprised at the firing. So were some players.

WHY FIRE LOVIE? The question now is why the Bucs 86'd Smith after just two seasons. A 6-10 record is nothing to brag about (unless you're Jeff Fisher), but it was an improvement over 2-14 last year. Worse, Tampa's defense has struggled, and Smith's speciality is on that side of the ball. Bucs Nation also points to some of the roster decisions under Smith, especially with free agents.

Another reason for the move may have come via Miami. The Dolphins were said to be very interested in offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter, who the Bucs reportedly didn't want to lose given his work this season with QB rookie Jamies Winston. Officially, Koetter is one candidate for Smith's old job, but according to Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times, it's Koetter's job to lose.


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