By Fred Goodall
The Associated Press
TAMPA, Fla. -- Greg Schiano believes he changed the Tampa Buccaneers for the better, though not enough to save his job.
The embattled Bucs coach was fired Monday after two losing years extended the franchise's playoff drought to six seasons. General manager Mark Dominik was also ousted, ending an unsuccessful five-year stint that produced flashes of hope but far more disappointment than ownership felt was acceptable.
"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," Bucs co-chairman Bryan Glazer said in a brief statement released a day after a season-ending 42-17 loss to the New Orleans dropped Schiano's record to 11-21.
"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," Glazer added. "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."
In typical Bucs fashion, the reclusive owners of the team announced the third coaching change in five years with a one paragraph statement and did not schedule a news conference to discuss the situation. Schiano had three years and $9 million remaining on his contract. He was a 1988 graduate of Bucknell University, where he was a three-year letterman at linebacker.
Schiano thanked the Glazer family for the opportunity to coach the Bucs, and also expressed gratitude to his players, coaching staff and fans.
His biggest regret simply was not winning enough games to reflect the progress he feels the Bucs made under him.
"I think we're leaving behind a football team that is better than when we got here," Schiano told reporters at a hotel near the team's training facility.