Finding the right head coach to lead a group of men is a challenging task. Ask the Glazer family, who have struck out three times since firing former head coach Jon Gruden. But they have given control to general manager Jason Licht to lead the charge and find the right man for the job.
There have been so many quickly pointing to offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter as the next head coach but nothing has happened for over a week now. This has left nearly the entire fan base and media to wonder why they are dragging this search out. However, that really isn’t the case.
Last Friday, I wrote how I expected the search to conclude by the end of this week with the potential of it being sooner. Several factors are at play: The owners meetings earlier this week, the interviews the team conducted over the weekend and into Monday, other team’s head coaching search, and wild card New England Patriots coaches.
If you recall, last week I noted the team has interest in Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels and defensive coordinator Matt Patricia. And while both were expected to be hot names this offseason, only Patricia has interviewed — with the Cleveland Browns.
There could be several reasons for that. Both McDaniels and Patricia claim that their focus is on their divisional round matchup against the Kansas City Chiefs and it very well could be why they haven’t really interviewed with anyone. Another take could be an interesting one and that is that the league purposely left their names off a list of assistants eligible to interview for potential head coaching opportunities. All reasons are speculative, but one could be reality.
TBC was told Tampa Bay is fine with hiring Koetter if they feared they would lose him to another team. But the fact that the team can not interview McDaniels or Patricia now unless they lose this weekend or after the AFC Championship game and Koetter remains available with no interest, we could see this drag out a bit longer.
Sorry, Bucs fans.