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Lovie Smith fired by Buccaneers

The Buccaneers fired Lovie Smith on Wednesday night. (AP)

Shockingly, Former Bears coach Lovie Smith was fired from that same role by the Buccaneers late Wednesday.

Smith had been the head coach in Tampa Bay for only two seasons, and wasn’t though to be in danger after mentoring quarterback Jameis Winston, the No. 1 pick, through his rookie year.

“After careful consideration, we informed Lovie that we have decided to make a change,” chairman Joel Glazer said in a statement. “I want to thank Lovie for his hard work and dedication to the Buccaneers during his time here. This decision was difficult on a variety of levels. I am disappointed that we were not more successful these past few seasons, but we are committed to doing what is necessary to give our fans the winning team they deserve.

“As we move forward, General Manager Jason Licht will oversee the process for finding our next head coach.”

Smith went 2-14 in 2014 and then 6-10 last season, losing to the Bears in both years.

He took 2013 off after going 81-63 in nine years with the Bears, including a 10-6 record in his final season.

His team this season featured former Bears Chris Conte, Major Wright and Henry Melton.

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