John McKay, the only head coach the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have had in nine years in the National Football League, apologized today for not getting the job done and announced his resignation effective at the end of this season.
Citing health reasons as well as the club's 3-7 start, McKay, 61, said he will accept an offer from owner Hugh Culverhouse to become team president in December. Culverhouse said no decision will be made on a replacement until after the season, because McKay will take part in picking the new coach.
"Let's face it. We're not getting the job done," McKay told a news conference at the Buccaneers' training complex. "Maybe getting some young blood in here will help."
McKay, whose NFL record in eight-plus seasons is 41-85-1, had cataract surgery on his right eye Sept. 19. He said he will have a similar operation on his left eye at the end of the season, but would not discuss other health problems.
The Buccaneers dropped another close game Sunday, losing to the Minnesota Vikings, 27-24, on Jan Stenerud's 53-yard field goal with two seconds to play. That was Tampa Bay's fourth straight loss.
McKay said he went to Culverhouse this morning and said he wanted to step down at the end of the season and devote his time to helping the club secure talent.
"I've always said coaching is highly overrated," McKay said, noting the Buccaneers have been hurt by injuries the past two seasons. "My job will be to see that the new coach gets the players he needs.