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Bucs fans react to firing of Schiano, Dominik

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Bucs fans have not been shy in expressing their feelings about Schiano Bucs fans have not been shy in expressing their feelings about Schiano
TAMPA, FL (WFLA) - Tampa Bay Buccaneers fans had mixed reaction to the firing of coach Greg Schiano and general manager Mark Dominik.

Scott Strepima was having lunch with his wife and family at Beef O'Brady's in south Tampa when the news broke.

"Funny enough - my wife just asked - 'hey, what do you think about Schiano and his future with the Bucs and literally, within seconds, we saw it on TV," he said. "It wasn't a surprise by any stretch."

The Strepimas have been proud season ticket holders in the past.  Scott felt the Josh Freeman soap opera at the beginning of the season didn't lend itself to a quality year for the Bucs.

"Schiano came in as the great disciplinarian. After Reheem Morris, I think everybody was kind of like - 'gosh, it was kind of a lackadaisical attitude. Schiano came in the task-master. I think we saw that last year and then this year, it certainly didn't seem like that was the case," he said. "I think initially we saw a lot of these penalties being called, which almost seemed amateur hour out there. Some of the plays just looked really off and it was just disheartening to see."

Bryan Graybon, who was eating at the same restaurant, is a Buffalo Bills fan, but has paid close attention to what's happening with the Bucs. His young son, in fact, is an avid fan himself.

"I think it's a good move. They had to fire the coach and the GM," he said. "They're having trouble selling tickets as it is and I don't think anybody would re-up for season tickets next year if they said they were just bringing back the same product."

Although some have called for Schiano's firing through billboards, or personal messages on their vehicles, many feel that cutting ties for the former college coach was premature.

"I'm not so sure that they gave Schiano enough time to turn it around. He was only here 2 years," said Jim Reese, who is a Bucs fan as well as a former quarterback at the University of Minnesota and is now a local sports writer. "He had his ups and downs. But I thought he could get at least another year out of it to see what he could do."

He does think Schiano is probably more suited to be a college coach than a pro coach.

"Did they give him enough time? Maybe not. Is he a better fit for college? Probably so. Can he be successful there? He has been. Perhaps he will be again," Reese said.

Reese said he believes the key now if finding a a new General Manager who is "wise in the NFL" and can draft well.

"You'll get a competitive team fairly quickly. It's been proven over-and-over again. That's the way things go in the NFL. They'll come back," he said. "I think if you give the people a good team, they're going to show up. They've proven that in the past. They've had some rough times in the past. Attendance dropped off, but when they were good ... you had a waiting list of 40,000 people for season tickets."

At the Brick House Tavern, at least one patron felt Schiano's efforts simply weren't working for the Bucs.

"I think he gave his best.  But it just wasn't working.  His plan wasn't working. So a change needed to be had," said David Disipo.

 "I think he tried," said Michael Fagan.  "Biggest thing, he didn't hold the team discipline together.   There's a couple of plays out there that the head coach should take over and put his foot down on.   I don't think he did the job good enough."

Another fan wants to see the return of some old faces, like Lovie Smith, to the Buccaneers organization.

"Put the band back together and see what happens," said Cesar Ramirez.  "I was over the Schiano days when I couldn't see them on TV anymore."

Peter Bernard contributed to this report.

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