Surprising news coming out of Tampa Bay this afternoon, where they fired head coach Jon Gruden and general manager Bruce Allen, the St. Petersburg Times reports.
The timing, it would seem, couldn't be any worse, with most teams like St. Louis, the Jets and Denver finishing up coaching searches and getting ready to bring guys on.
The Bucs were 9-3 at one point, but finished up losing their last four games and missed the playoffs. Gruden has been successful at Tampa Bay, bringing home the team's only Super Bowl title. But with defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin moving on, team owners the Glazer family must have figured it was time to move in a different direction.
The Tribune reports coaching candidates available include former Broncos coach Mike Shanahan, former Steelers coach Bill Cowher and retired Colts coach Tony Dungy.