Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Jon Gruden has been fired from his position after the team lost its all final four games to lose out on a playoff spot and ended the season 9-7. Along with Gruden, general manager Bruce Allen has also been removed from his duties.
Jon Gruden is known for bringing the Super Bowl title to Tampa Bay in only his first season with them in 2002. At that time, he also became the youngest head coach to accomplish the feat.
“We will be forever grateful to Jon for bringing us the Super Bowl title, and we thank Bruce for his contributions to our franchise,” Joel Glazer, Tampa’s co-chairman, said in a statement. “However, after careful consideration, we feel that this decision is in the best interest of our organization moving forward.”
Gruden, who is known as ‘Chucky’ amongst the media-persons, was brought in seven seasons ago in the place of Tony Dungy who did take the team to four playoffs out of five, but was unable to yield a Super Bowl win. Jon had signed a five-year $17.5m contract with the Bucs. He got a contract extension till 2011 after the team’s 9-7 record in 2007 despite injury problems.
This season did him in even after the fabulous 9-3 start Bucs got. Even one victory out of the final four games could have done the trick. Ironically, Gruden’s previous club Oakland Raiders inflicted the final defeat onto his team.
Defensive coordinator Raheem Morris is said to be the main contender to succeed Gruden.