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Daily Bucs Links: Aftermath

Here's your open thread for today.

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4 NFL teams screwed up their head coaching situations -
The Colts and Saints learned from the 49ers' debacle last year and rightfully stood behind Chuck Pagano and Sean Payton. Unfortunately for the Browns, Bucs, Chargers and Eagles, they just made things worse.

The Chiefs and Seahawks might just own the NFL playoffs -
The NFL playoffs start Saturday! Stephen White, Danny Kelly and Ryan Van Bibber make picks, preview the games ... and talk a little about the Lovie Smith firing in Tampa Bay.

Brett Favre leads 2016 Hall of Fame finalists -
Favre, Owens and Faneca all made it as finalists in their first year of eligibility.

Charles Woodson was one of the most influential people in my life -
From his days at Michigan through his storied NFL career, Charles Woodson could make any skeptic happy with what he did on the field.

Licht: Bucs' Search to Be Quick But Thorough
General Manager Jason Licht and the Buccaneers would like to have a new head coach in place as soon as possible but will take the time to make sure they get the decision right.

Watch Jason Licht's Press Conference
Buccaneers General Manager Jason Licht discusses the team's decision to dismiss Head Coach Lovie Smith.

John Lynch, Tony Dungy Named Hall Finalists
For the third year in a row, former Bucs John Lynch and Tony Dungy are one step away from enshrinement in the Hall of Fame, and this could be the right year for both to break through.

Koetter Leading Candidate To Become Bucs' Next Head Coach | Pewter Report
Tampa Bay offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter is the leading candidate to replace Lovie Smith as the Bucs' head coach.

Emotional Licht Addresses Decision To Fire Smith | Pewter Report
Bucs GM Jason Light stood at the podium on Thursday talking about the Bucs parting ways with Lovie Smith.

Five things to know about Buccaneers OC Dirk Koetter - Tampa Bay Buccaneers Blog- ESPN
Tampa Bay Buccaneers offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter seems to be in line to replace the recently fired Lovie Smith.

Buccaneers' potential on offense wasn't enough to save Lovie Smith - Tampa Bay Buccaneers Blog- ESPN
Tampa Bay showed progress on offense in 2015, thanks in large part to Jameis Winston, but head coach Lovie Smith was still shown the door.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers owners disappointed by lack of progress, leading to decision to fire Lovie Smith
Even though Lovie Smith tripled his victory total in his second season, the Glazer family felt not enough progress had been made, which is why Smith was fired late Wednesday night.

Bucs' next coach needs to develop Jameis Winston, win the locker room - Tampa Bay Buccaneers Blog- ESPN
The Bucs, looking for yet another head coach, need one who will keep Jameis Winston rolling and fix a defense that never excelled under Lovie Smith.

2016 Hall of Fame finalist: Tony Dungy - Indianapolis Colts Blog- ESPN
After cutting his teeth with the Buccaneers, Dungy guided the Colts to a Super Bowl title during his seven seasons at the helm in Indianapolis.

2016 Hall of Fame finalist: John Lynch - Tampa Bay Buccaneers Blog- ESPN
Safety John Lynch was one of the key members of Tampa Bay's famed defense that helped the team win Super Bowl XXXVII.

Bucs' Clemson connection confident Tigers can win national title game - Tampa Bay Buccaneers Blog- ESPN
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers' Clemson alums include Adam Humphries, Da'Quan Bowers and Kourtnei Brown.

Greeny: Bucs' owners need to stand up - ESPN Video
In the wake of the Buccaneers firing head coach Lovie Smith, ESPN's Mike Greenberg and Mike Golic react to the lack of responsibility from the team's owners, the Glazer family, and the lack of representation during Thursday's press conference.

Koetter ‘a very strong candidate’ for Bucs coach, GM says | and The Tampa Tribune
TAMPA — Described by the man heading up the Bucs’ search for Lovie Smith’s successor as "a very strong candidate,’’ Dirk Koetter could be closing in on his first NFL head coaching job.

Looks like Koetter, but is that the right call for Buccaneers? | and The Tampa Tribune
I’ll be stunned if Dirk Koetter isn’t the next Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach.

Q&A: Details of Bucs coaching change explained | and The Tampa Tribune
Questions and answers about the firing of Tampa Bay Buccaneers coach Lovie Smith on Tuesday night.

A look at potential Buccaneers coaching candidates | and The Tampa Tribune
The list may include some big names, some up-and-coming coordinators and even some former NFL head coaches.

Ex-Bucs Dungy, Lynch among finalists for Pro Football Hall of Fame | and The Tampa Tribune
For the third consecutive year, the Pro Football Hall of Fame has recognized the reign of the Buccaneers as a former perennial NFL power by naming safety John Lynch and coach Tony Dungy on its list of 15 modern-era finalists.

Bucs GM on Smith firing: ‘This franchise needed a new face’ | and The Tampa Tribune
Buccaneers general manager Jason Licht stood stooped over a lectern in an auditorium at One Buc Place on Thursday looking like a man who had slept all of about 22 minutes the night before.

Several key factors played into the decision to fire Lovie Smith | Tampa Bay Times
The Bucs fired Lovie Smith Wednesday night after a series of meetings with the Glazer family which owns the team and general manager Jason Licht.

Bucs release most of Smith's defensive staff | Tampa Bay Times
One day after the Bucs fired head coach Lovie Smith, the team released four of the team's top six defensive assistants, including defensive coordinator Leslie Frazier.

If not Dirk Koetter, where else might Bucs look for candidates? (w/video) | Tampa Bay Times
TAMPA — All signs point to offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter as the next Bucs coach, but who else might replace Lovie Smith?

How Bucs fired Lovie Smith over phone | Tampa Bay Times
TAMPA — In discussing the firing of coach Lovie Smith, Bucs general manager Jason Licht on Thursday explained one much-criticized detail — how Smith heard the news over the phone and not in person.

With Lovie Smith out, Bucs call Dirk Koetter 'a very strong candidate' (w/video) | Tampa Bay Times
TAMPA — A look of anguish — or maybe anxiousness — washed over the face of Bucs general manager Jason Licht on Thursday as he described the clumsy dismissal of coach Lovie Smith after two seasons.

Glazers bungle their way into the right move (w/video) | Tampa Bay Times
TAMPA Here's the problem with the Bucs:It's not that they fire coaches every couple of years. It's that they hire the wrong ones every couple of years. And each change is made with all the elegance and dexterity of a toddler wielding a chainsaw.