Buccaneers fire Greg Schiano and GM Mark Dominik

Greg-Schiano-BucsThe Tampa Bay Bucaneers have reportedly fired head coach Greg Schiano and general manager Mark Dominik, according to Jay Glazer or FOX Sports.

The Bucs managed to get hot after losing their first eight games of the season, but they ended up losing their final three and finishing with a 4-12 record. In Schiano’s first year with the team last season, Tampa Bay finished with a 7-9 record after losing five of its last six games.

Following the Bucs’ 0-8 start, most people felt that it would be a miracle if Schiano made it through the end of the season. Tampa then won four of five games from Weeks 10 through 14 and it appeared that Schiano had made the right decision in going with rookie quarterback Mike Glennon over the veteran Josh Freeman. The success was short-lived.

Given the fact that the Bucs also chose to fire their GM, it seems like they are trying to completely clean house.

We read various reports throughout the season about players who felt that Schiano was an a-hole who tries to be like Bill Belichick despite never having accomplished anything at the NFL level. Given the reputation Schiano has developed over the past two years, it would not be surprising to seem him return to college ball next season.

Pranksters who recorded Buddy Nix-Mark Dominik phone call may have committed a felony

You probably have heard that a couple of kids, with a little luck and a lot of chutzpah, were able to merge two separate phone calls involving Buffalo Bills GM Buddy Nix and Tampa Bay Buccaneers GM Mark Dominik. They then recorded the conversation between Nix and Dominik, which was later revealed on Deadspin. Sounds like some pretty complicated and hi-tech stuff right?

Actually, it’s pretty easy to do:

Cell phone merge call

Now, you might be thinking that you could have a lot of fun with this feature alongside a recording device, but beware: there’s a fair possibility that the kids who pulled off this prank could be in a lot of trouble. Why? What they did is illegal in New York and in Florida.

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Pranksters catch Bills GM Buddy Nix criticizing Ryan Fitzpatrick (Audio)

Buddy-Nix-BillsBuffalo Bills GM Buddy Nix and Tampa Bay Buccaneers GM Mark Dominik fell victim to a cruel hoax on Friday, but it is Nix who will likely have to do some damage control as a result. With some witty thinking and a little luck, a couple of 20-year-olds managed to splice themselves into a phone call between the two executives so they could listen to them talk business the day before the tampering period began.

Deadspin’s Barry Petchesky explains the entire prank in detail, but basically it all started when the young men called the Bills’ publicly-listed front office number on Thursday claiming to be Dominik. When the receptionist forwarded their call to Nix’s office, they panicked and hung up.

But Nix kept calling back. The pranksters ignored Nix’s call several times, but eventually they came up with a plan to call Dominik’s office claiming to be Nix and create a game of phone tag between the two. As they were on the phone with the Bucs, Nix called again. They answered the phone this time, put it on speaker, and remained silent while the Bucs employee patched them through to Dominik. Before they knew what happened, the two GMs were on with each other with Nix trying to figure out why Dominik hadn’t returned his calls and how he got the wrong number.

Then, the fun began. NIx and Dominik discussed the new free agent rules and talked about a couple of players they are trying to move and/or work out deals with. The full audio of the phone call can be heard at Deadspin, but the most unfortunate part for Nix came when he began complaining about Buffalo’s situation with Ryan Fitzpatrick. Have a listen:

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