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Tampa Bay Buccaneers coaching search nearing an end?

According to Charley Casserly of CBS Sports, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers will decide today who they will invite back for a second interview for the position of head coach. If Casserly is right, that would likely mean the Bucs' coaching search is nearing the end. While there are rumors that the Bucs are interested in some coordinators still in the playoffs, if the Bucs are starting the process of bringing back previous interviewees they are unlikely to add new names to the list.

The Bucs have spent a lot of time interviewing different potential head coaches, and have conducted a fairly wide if not entirely exhaustive search. They have mostly focused on experienced coaches who have worked as a head coach before, but a few coordinators have slipped in as well. Interestingly, Casserly says that Rob Chudzinski is a name to watch. Chudzinski is the youngest of all the coaches interviewed so far, and is the Carolina Panthers' offensive coordinator.

The Bucs have interviewed former head coaches Brad Childress, Mike Sherman and Marty Schottenheimer. They have also interviewed Titans defensive coordinator Jerry Gray, and requested an interview with Texans DC Wade Phillips who later withdrew his name. The Bucs have also requested and received permission to interview Panthers OC Rob Chudzinski and Bengals DC Mike Zimmer, but it's unclear whether those interviews have taken place.