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ESPN NFC North blogger Pat Yasinskas is "hearing" the Bucs will hire Rod Marinelli as defensive coordinator.
Lovie Smith would be tabbing longtime pal Marinelli over Leslie Frazier, who could still be brought on in a position coach/"assistant head coach" role. The hangup with Marinelli was the fact that he coached Dallas' defensive line in 2013, and was still under contract with the Cowboys in 2014. Per NFL rules, position coaches must be formally released by their teams to accept anything below a head-coaching job. So Jerry Jones must've agreed to let Marinelli go. Wed, Jan 1, 2014 10:54:00 PM

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Buccaneers signed paralyzed former Rutgers DT Eric LeGrand.

It's a thoughtful, classy gesture from LeGrand's college coach, Greg Schiano. "This small gesture is the least we could do to recognize his character, spirit, and perseverance," Schiano said. "The way Eric lives his life epitomizes what we are looking for in Buccaneer Men." Finishing up his studies at Rutgers, LeGrand plans to go into broadcasting.
Wed, May 2, 2012 11:40:00 AM

Buccaneers hired ex-Dolphins LBs coach Bill Sheridan as defensive coordinator.

Sheridan was briefly on Urban Meyer's 2012 Ohio State staff, set to serve as a defensive assistant. He spent 2011 and 2010 coaching the Dolphins' linebackers after flopping as the Giants' 2009 defensive coordinator. The G-Men finished a disappointing 13th in total defense that year despite several offseason moves to upgrade their talent. In Tampa Bay, Sheridan will work under defensive-minded Greg Schiano.
Fri, Feb 17, 2012 03:14:00 PM

Bucs hired former North Carolina head coach Butch Davis as assistant to the head coach/defense.

Davis' wealth of NFL experience will come in handy in a consultant capacity, but he will not be Greg Schiano's defensive coordinator. Schiano worked under Davis as defensive coordinator with Miami before taking the Rutgers job.
Thu, Feb 9, 2012 07:54:00 PM

The St. Petersburg Times suggests it's "reasonable" to assume that former North Carolina head coach Butch Davis is the early frontrunner to be the Bucs' next defensive coordinator.

Greg Schiano is a defensive mind, but Davis would add NFL experience and knows Schiano well after the two worked together at the University of Miami in the late 1990s. The St. Petersburg Times, however, cites primarily "rumors" linking Davis to Schiano's staff with the Bucs when calling him the favorite.
Sun, Feb 5, 2012 02:28:00 PM

Bucs coach Greg Schiano is interested in adding former University of North Carolina and Cleveland Browns coach Butch Davis to his staff.

Davis would serve either as assistant head coach or defensive coordinator. Schiano coordinated Davis' defense at the University of Miami from 1999-2000. Not a hot commodity in the college ranks after being fired from North Carolina after an NCAA investigation, Davis has 10 years of NFL coaching experience.
Mon, Jan 30, 2012 09:11:00 AM

The Bucs will interview Bengals defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer for their head-coaching vacancy on Monday.

If the Bucs are truly looking for a coach to whip the roster into shape after Raheem Morris let it go soft, the no-nonsense Zimmer would be an ideal target. According to NFL Network's Jason La Canfora, Tampa Bay has also received permission to interview Panthers offensive coordinator Rob Chudzinski.
Sun, Jan 15, 2012 09:16:00 PM

According to the New York Daily News, "there is some speculation" Giants DC Perry Fewell could be a candidate for the head-coaching vacancy in Tampa Bay.

Fewell interviewed for four head-coaching jobs last offseason, but his name had yet to be mentioned this winter after the Giants defense struggled for most of 2011. The Bucs have already interviewed a host of potential replacements for Raheem Morris, a number of them former head coaches. Fewell would join Titans DC Jerry Gray and Bengals DC Mike Zimmer as assistants believed to be on the Bucs' radar.
Sat, Jan 14, 2012 11:39:00 AM

The Bucs have reportedly received permission to interview Bengals DC Mike Zimmer about their head coaching vacancy.

Zimmer has emerged as one of the most respected assistants in the league after turning around the Bengals the past four seasons. He's also a fallback option for the Dolphins if they lose out on Jeff Fisher. Zimmer joins Mike Sherman, Marty Schottenheimer, Jerry Gray, and Brad Childress as candidates in Tampa.
Fri, Jan 13, 2012 11:46:00 AM

Texans DC Wade Phillips has reportedly informed the Bucs that he is pulling out of consideration for their head coaching job.

Phillips was scheduled to interview on Friday, squeezing it in between this week's preparation and the Texans' Divisional round playoff game on Sunday. "I want to be here," Phillips told the Houston Chronicle. "I love being with the Texans. I didn’t want to be a distraction." It's worth noting that Texans coach Gary Kubiak is close to Mike Sherman, who was considered the early favorite in Tampa.
Thu, Jan 12, 2012 08:21:00 PM

The Texans have granted the Bucs permission to interview DC Wade Phillips for Tampa Bay's head coaching vacancy.

Phillips has already set up the interview for Friday, after the Texans finish their Divisional Round preparations. The Bucs can offer a franchise quarterback and some intriguing offensive talent. They need a defensive overhaul, and Phillips has shown the ability to execute those in several previous stops.
Sun, Jan 8, 2012 02:22:00 PM

According to ESPN, Marty Schottenheimer, Brad Childress, Mike Zimmer and Wade Phillips are among the names the Bucs are interested in for their head-coaching vacancy.

Aside from Zimmer, each has extensive head-coaching experience, a sign the Bucs are looking to hire the anti-Raheem Morris. Morris had never been a head coach before his hiring in 2009, and had never even coordinated a defense at the NFL level. Schottenheimer has not coached in the NFL since 2006, while Childress and Phillips were both fired mid-season in 2010.
Sun, Jan 8, 2012 11:21:00 AM

The Bucs now have plans to interview ex-Titans coach Jeff Fisher for their head coaching vacancy.

The Bucs front office will add Fisher to the list after a source said Monday that he is willing to listen to all offers. They may have to get the interview in by the weekend, as the Rams are widely expected to make a strong push. Fisher joins Titans DC Jerry Gray, ex-Texas A&M coach Mike Sherman, and Falcons OC Mike Mularkey as candidates in Tampa.
Tue, Jan 3, 2012 07:03:00 PM

The Bucs reportedly plan to interview Titans DC Jerry Gray for their head-coaching vacancy.

The young Titans improved from 26th in total defense in 2010 to 18th in Gray's first year in charge. Although he has no head-coaching experience, Gray was used to satisfy the Rooney Rule when the Redskins hired Mike Shanahan two years ago.
Tue, Jan 3, 2012 01:35:00 PM

Bucs fired head coach Raheem Morris.

Bucs GM Mark Dominik will reportedly keep his job. Fresh off being a 2010 Coach of the Year candidate after leading the "youngry" Bucs to a 10-6 record, Morris watched the wheels fall off in epic fashion following a 4-2 start. The Bucs lost their final 10 games, getting outscored 349-174 while leading multiple observers to wonder if the team had quit. For the season, Tampa allowed a franchise record, and NFL worst, 494 points. The collapse was so thorough and unrelenting, it's fair to wonder if Morris will ever earn another NFL head coaching job.
Mon, Jan 2, 2012 11:53:00 AM

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