The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are well into their coaching search with interviewing Carolina’s defensive coordinator Sean McDermott and Arizona Cardinals’ offensive coordinator Harold Goodwin. Bucs offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter had his own interview, but not with Tampa Bay.
On Saturday, Koetter interviewed with the San Francisco 49ers for their head coaching vacancy and all indications are everything went well. What does that mean for the Bucs?
Well, at the moment, still not much. The Buccaneers are doing their due diligence as general manager Jason Licht said he’d due during his post-Lovie-firing presser on Thursday. It’s been highly expected that this would be their approach in case someone knocked their socks off during interviews.
I reported on Twitter Friday morning that the Buccaneers have interest in several New England Patriots coaches including offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels and defensive coordinator Matt Patricia. But the team is not willing to wait on interviewing those potential candidates if it meant missing out on Koetter, per the source. Later that afternoon, a report broke stating that McDaniels is in no rush to set up interviews for head coaching opportunities, validating my source’s claims of the team not willing to wait.
From everything that I have gathered, I would still lean on Koetter as being the one that comes out on top.
McDermott seems to be leaning on the Philadelphia job after he stated he hopes his hometown Eagles “recapture that magic” when he was asked if he would choose Philly so as for him being a top candidate with Tampa Bay, I’d doubt that.
With Goodwin, the Bucs would be getting a coach from the Bruce Arians coaching tree. Goodwin doesn’t call plays in Arizona because that is Arians job. However, he does everything else a coordinator is tasked to do and works exclusively with one of the best the offensive lines in the NFL. A Goodwin hire will keep the emphasis on the offensive side of the ball just like the Glazers like but also raise the chances of the team losing Koetter and quarterbacks coach Mike Bajakian.
The Bucs have many factors in play which makes the search an interesting one to follow: Defensive philosophy, a young quarterback, emphasis on offense, etc. As this week progresses, I wouldn’t be surprised if a coach is named by week’s end, if not sooner.