Bucs’ Coaching Search Lacks Clear Focus
This week, Bengals defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer and Panthers offensive coordinator Rob Chudzinski made the rounds at One Buc Place. They’ve reportedly received permission to speak with Packers offensive coordinator Joe Philbin and quarterbacks coach Tom Clements, and Giants defensive coordinator Perry Fewell is said to be on the radar — though he’s otherwise engaged preparing for the NFC championship tilt Sunday against San Francisco.
Add in the former NFL coaches already interviewed — Mike Sherman, Brad Childress and Marty Schottenheimer — along with Titans defensive coordinator Jerry Gray, and the search is indeed approaching exhaustive levels as the ownership promised.
The potential problem with coordinators jumping into the head-coaching hot seat is that they may be skilled at directing a unit but not a team.
Ask yourself: Is that a risk the Glazers should be taking at this point, for a club suffering from dwindling fan interest and has posted records of 3-13 and 4-12 in two of its last three seasons?
Of the group to date, only Schottenheimer — the oldest guy of the lot at 68 — has the proven credentials to take a chance on. It’s hard to argue with a career regular-season coaching record of 200-126-1, no matter his misfortune in the post-season.
And while we’re on the subject of established head coaches, why have the Glazers shown no interest in interviewing former Ravens head coach Brian Billick? He’s an offensive-minded coach who could help struggling quarterback Josh Freeman, and he’s actually led a team to a Super Bowl victory in 2001, guiding Baltimore to a win over New York right in the Glazers’ stadium, Raymond James.
It makes you wonder what criteria is guiding the search. And it makes you wonder why Dominik has any hand in. He has everything to gain if a less-experienced, lower-profile candidate gets the job — and much to potentially lose if a marquee coach who’d have more say and influence takes over.