The Tampa Bay Buccaneers threw a curveball on Wednesday night after deciding to fire their head coach, Lovie Smith.
The move comes as something of a surprise, not least because Smith had survived Black Monday on the back of a much improved 6-10 2015 season.
At least one member of the Tampa Bay roster was vocal in his disapproval of the decision. Linebacker Lavonte David took to Twitter to share his views on Smith's firing, and although he deleted the incriminating message, it wasn't removed quick enough to avoid a screenshot being taken.
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This is what David had to say in what ended up a four-tweet tirade:
The Bucs have consistently preached the idea of a long-term plan to turn around the franchise and, despite an overall 8-24 record in his two seasons in charge, many saw Smith as the man to carry out that job.
Clearly the Bucs hierarchy felt differently, however, and, as David alluded to in his disgruntled response to the news, the franchise will now search for their third head coach in just five years.
Several other members of the Buccaneers roster used social media to react to Smith's departure, although none were as outspoken as David:
With the news coming out of the blue, it remains to be seen who Tampa Bay have in mind for their next head coaching hire.
Whoever takes charge will at least inherit a team that is trending upwards, unlike Smith who took over from Greg Schiano after a 4-12 year.
Bucs fans: Was firing Lovie Smith the right decision? And who should replace him? Have your say in the comments below...