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Bucs' Schiano, Dominik fired

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TAMPA (FOX 13) -

Answering the call from many fans, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers fired not only head coach Greg Schiano but also general manager Mark Dominik this morning, one day after the team finished a 4-12 season.

"We didn't get it done," Schiano said at an afternoon press conference.  "I accept full responsibility for that.  I'm the head football coach and it didn't work."

Schiano, in his second season as head coach, had become a controversial figure after the team lost its first eight games, cutting quarterback Josh Freeman and suffering through an embarrassing outbreak of MRSA infections in the process.  

The team then won four of their next five but finished with three straight losses.

Despite the fan outcry -- that included a "Fire Schiano" website and billboard, which he called "hurtful" to those around him -- the former Rutgers coach enjoyed support in the locker room.  In fact, FOX 13's Kevin O'Donnell reported that when the coaching staff met with the players for a half-hour this morning, the tone of the meeting indicated an expectation that they would return next season.

But less than an hour later, the axe had fallen for not only Schiano, but a longtime member of the front office, Mark Dominik.  Dominik had served as the team's general manager since 2009 and had been with the team since 1995 -- including serving as the director of personnel during the team's Super Bowl run in 2002.

The Bucs had not won a playoff game since then, a record that ultimately cost both men their jobs.

"The results over the past two years have not lived up to our standards and we believe the time has come to find a new direction," Buccaneers co-chairman Bryan Glazer said in a statement posted to the team website.  "Mark has been a valued member of our organization for two decades and we respect the passion he showed for the Buccaneers during his time here. We thank Greg for his hard work and effort the past two seasons, but we feel these moves are necessary in order to achieve our goals."

FOX's Jay Glazer first tweeted the news this morning.  The Bucs join Detroit, Cleveland, Minnesota, and Washington in dumping their head coach on the day after the season ended.

"Black Monday is official," Bucs defensive end Da'Quan Bowers tweeted.

The move will cost the Glazers at least $15-million.  Schiano had three years left on his contact, and Dominik had just received an extension last year.

Late Monday, Schiano took responsibility for the team's play, but also mentioned the long list of injuries that sidelined a number of key starters this season.

He said he still thinks the team is poised to take a big step.

"I think whoever is taking over in this job is taking over a good situation," he added.

The team did not comment about possible replacements for the top jobs, although popular speculation includes names like former Bucs coach Tony Dungy for the general manager position and former Bucs assistant Lovie Smith for the coaching job.

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