Following the sudden and somewhat unexpected departure of head coach Greg Schiano and general manager Mark Dominik on Monday morning, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are now tasked with finding capable and competent replacements to lead this franchise going forward.
While the team is rumored to be heavily interested in signing former Chicago Bears head coach and Bucs linebacker coach during the Tony Dungy-era, Lovie Smith, per Ira Kaufman of The Tampa Tribune, the list of potential coaching candidates does not stop there.
According to Joe Smith of The Tampa Bay Times, Ken Whisenhunt, Mike Shanahan and Gary Kubiak, among others, have been linked to the opening in Tampa Bay as well. That said, it appears as if Smith will have the first opportunity to land the job, per NFL.com's Ian Rapoport.
Mind you, finding a replacement for Schiano would only fill part of the team's needs this offseason, as they would still need to hire a general manager to replace Dominik. Mark Cook of PewterReport.com compiled a list of potential GM candidates the Bucs could be interested in speaking to, with a few names that should ring familiar with Bucs fans.
So, where do the Bucs go from here? What steps should be taken to ensure the disappointment of 2013 is soon forgotten?
Here are the five things that the Bucs must do to be successful in 2014.