The Tampa Bay Buccaneers finished the 2015 NFL season with a 6-10 record and an embarrassing loss to the Carolina Panthers. At one point, they looked like playoff contenders and a team that was definitely on the rise. But four straight losses definitively ended those hopes, as the Bucs struggled to get anything done on both offense and defense for the final month of the season.
That's put many fans in a mood to fire Lovie Smith again, as 41% of voters said the Bucs should get rid of him in a poll we ran last week. With another blowout loss, I can't imagine that that percentage has shrunk -- even though there are definite downsides to going through yet another overturned roster, and likely a new offensive coordinator for Jameis Winston.
I don't expect Lovie Smith to be fired. There have been no reports that he's on the hot seat, no rumors that the Glazers have interviewed anyone, not even a hint of locker room dysfunction -- all traditional signs that a head coach is on the outs. But the Glazers have surprised us before, like when they fired Jon Gruden weeks after the season ended, so it's not out of the question.
Still, it's good to get a feel for where the fanbase stands on this question, ahead of tomorrow when the Bucs are likely to make their final decision, or at least make it public. If Smith isn't fired before his end-of-season press conference, he's almost certainly staying. So let us know before it's too late: do you want the Bucs to fire Lovie Smith?