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Morris to Schiano to Smith: How Bucs fired three coaches in five years

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Stephen A.: Lovie Smith did not deserve this (1:53)

Stephen A. Smith calls Lovie Smith's firing as Buccaneers coach a "travesty," and explains why he believes it is hard for African-Americans to become head coaches in the NFL. (1:53)

TAMPA, Fla. -- Tampa Bay Buccaneers linebacker Lavonte David used Twitter to vent his frustration Wednesday night at the firing of head coach Lovie Smith:

"This is stupid, we can't even have a consistent coach, 3 coaches in 5 years."

The tweet has since been deleted, but the fact remains: The Buccaneers have been in a constant flux with their head coaches since the dismissal of Jon Gruden following the 2008 season. Since, the Bucs have had Raheem Morris for three years, Greg Schiano for two years and Smith for another two years.

There will now be a new coach for 2016. Let's take a look at the circumstances surrounding these frequent changes:

When Morris took over in 2009, the Bucs went for a total youth movement, releasing established veterans like Cato June, Warrick Dunn, Ike Hilliard, Joey Galloway and even Hall of Famer Derrick Brooks. After a tough first year (3-13), Morris created magic as the team went a surprising 10-6 and missed out on a playoff spot by tiebreaker.

The third year, however, was a complete disaster for Morris and the Bucs. Tampa Bay started the year 4-2 but lost its final 10 games and the Glazer family fired Morris.

Schiano came in with a hard-nosed approach, opposite of the player-friendly Morris. Schiano's style was like that of a military general, and he expected his players to follow his orders to the minute detail. After a 7-9 year, during which the club lost five of its final six games, everything fell apart for Schiano from the beginning of the 2013 season.

From the outbreak of MRSA in the locker room to allegations of vote-tampering for team captains to the benching and release of quarterback Josh Freeman, the season was a mess. The team finished 4-12, losing its last three games by double digits. Schiano was fired.

Smith came in with a winning pedigree, having led the Chicago Bears to a Super Bowl. He also had history, as a former linebackers coach for Bucs. His hiring immediately gave the organization credibility. However, adversity surfaced right away when Smith's hand-picked offensive coordinator, Jeff Tedford, needed heart surgery and never coached in the regular season. That left the position to quarterbacks coach Marcus Arroyo, whose inexperience was telling.

Also, veteran quarterback Josh McCown didn't pan out, the club lost eight of its first nine games and won just two overall in Smith's first year.

This season started with a promising new quarterback, rookie Jameis Winston; an experienced offensive coordinator, Dirk Koetter; and experience on defense. Tampa Bay was supposed to be better this year.

The Bucs were. Winston set team rookie passing records and became the third NFL rookie to pass for 4,000 yards in a season. Doug Martin was the league's second-leading rusher and receiver Mike Evans had more than 1,000 yards receiving for the second straight year.

The team struggled on defense, which was supposed to be Smith's area of expertise. Although the team finished 10th in yards allowed per game, the red zone defense was 30th and opponents scored on 55 of 56 trips inside the Bucs' 20. After starting the season 6-6, Tampa Bay lost its final four games to finish 6-10.

Now Smith is gone and the Bucs will soon have their fourth coach in the past six years.