Jon Gruden fired as Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach, after 7 seasons of heading up the team, along with General Manager Bruce Allen. Gruden lead the team to a Super Bowl victory in the 2002 season against the Oakland Raiders - just one year after leaving the Raiders as their head coach - making Gruden the youngest head coach to ever win a Super Bowl.
The Bucs overall record under Gruden was 57-55, with finishing 2008 9-7 after being 9-3. They lost their last four games, and most importantly, they lost their final game (a home game, mind you) against the Raiders, which knocked them out of a playoff spot. I can't say I'm stunned because of what happened this past season, but most of us following the Bucs this season were not expecting to see this news. In fact, I just asked a buddy yesterday if he thought Gruden or starting quarterback Jeff Garcia would be gone next season, and we both thought there was no way the Bucs would make such a huge change.
After Mike Shanahan was let go from the Broncos, it really seams like a terrible time to be an NFL head coach. It is almost a joke at this point, but I am wondering if Bill Belichick should worry about not having made the playoffs this season. Chuckie, as Gruden has often been nicknamed, will no doubt find a replacement team easily for the 2009 season. The Bucs head coach position is now probably the most coveted opening, if not second only to the New York Jets.