Linebacker Lavonte David was perhaps the most vocal about his displeasure with the firing, sending out a series of tweets before deleting them.
“This is stupid,” Davis wrote in one tweet. “We can’t even have a consistent coach. 3 coaches in 5 yrs.”
Smith led the Bucs to a 6–10 finish in his second year as head coach, an improvement over their 2–14 record in 2014. However, the team still finished last in the NFC South for the sixth time in seven seasons. The Buccaneers’ coach in 2016 will be their third in five seasons.
Several other current and former players reacted to Smith’s firing.
SHOCKED !! 😳😳😳— Donovan Smith (@DSmith_76) January 7, 2016
WOW THIS IS CRAZY— Major Wright (@LilMade21) January 7, 2016
I DON'T KNOW!!— Gerald McCoy (@Geraldini93) January 7, 2016
Oh wow— Brandon Myers (@myersb83) January 7, 2016
Well I'll be damn !!! Smh— Akeem spence (@AkeemSpence) January 7, 2016
Coach Lovie was the truth!— Alexander the Great (@Showtime17Kwon) January 7, 2016
Only in america could raheem morris get 3 years to fix the bucs and lovie smith only 2....— shaun king (@realshaunking) January 7, 2016
No surprise to me!!— Tim Jennings (@HennOrJenn26) January 7, 2016