For the Bucs players, Monday's news came as a shock. They were given no indication that a change was coming for head coach Greg Schiano or general manager Mark Dominik.
"For me, personally, it's about relationships," said Gerald McCoy. "I built relationships with my G.M., my head coach, and a lot of my teammates."
"I don't know who is going to be back next year. We have a lot of free agents and we have a lot of guys that the next guy might not want here."
"Who knows who's going to be here. I don't know that's why this is so hard to deal with."
Players cleaned out their lockers this morning, minutes after Schiano and his staff met with the team for a half hour. This discussion centered on next season. Schiano even told the players: "We have our quarterback in Mike Glennon."
Less than an hour later, the Glazers released a statement saying they had dismissed Dominik and Schiano.
Most players found out on Twitter or from fired assistants. Several stopped to talk with us leaving One Buc Place.
"The coaches called a staff meeting and they came back and the position coach said they were fired," said Demar Dotson.
"It's just tough," said Jeremy Zuttah, who played for Schiano at Rutgers. "Sometimes those are just the breaks and you have to work through them and move on from there."
There has been talk from inside the Bucs organization that Tony Dungy and Lovie Smith could be a combination that the Glazers turn to.
But Dungy endorsed another pair. He tweeted about a ProFootballTalk report that Rich McKay and Lovie Smith could be the next connection.
"Saw on ProFootballlTalk the Bucs are considering Rich McKay and Lovie Smith. Those would be best moves they could make," he tweeted.
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